On Sunday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed 35 new cases of COVID-19 in Kitsap County, bringing the total number of cases to 3,671 since the pandemic began in March.
Of the new cases, four are in North Kitsap and four on Bainbridge Island.
There have been 35 COVID-related deaths in Kitsap, including four in the last week. All deaths have been from community members with underlying health conditions, a large majority of which were over the age of 65.
Over the past two weeks, Kitsap County’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents has dropped to 173.8, meaning the county is over a “high level” of coronavirus activity, per state guidelines, with a case rate above 75 over the previous 14 days.
A total of 122 cases were considered in “isolation” by the health district, meaning they are “confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases who are in their recommended isolation period” (10 days after first symptoms.) 757 “total close contacts in quarantine” were also confirmed in Kitsap, meaning they are “residents who were determined to be close contacts of confirmed cases and are in their recommended quarantine period” (14 days after last contact with case.)
Of the 3,671 total cases, 163 have been reported on Bainbridge Island, 897 in Bremerton, 885 in Central Kitsap, 632 in North Kitsap and 1,094 in South Kitsap.
Due to a high volume of testing at the state Department of Health, the total number of negative tests along with the percentage of positive tests over the last 14 days are not available. Based on contact tracing work, the district believes the spread among families and households was a key driver of recent case increases. To prevent spreading it is important for all members of a household to stay home and avoid contact with others if any member of their household has symptoms.