30 new cases of COVID confirmed in Kitsap

Over the past two weeks, Kitsap’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents has dropped to 165.3

On Tuesday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed 30 new cases of COVID-19 in Kitsap County, bringing the total number of cases to 3,729 since March.

Of the new cases, five are in North Kitsap and none on Bainbridge Island.

There have been 36 COVID-related deaths in Kitsap, including one confirmed on Monday. The Health District is no longer sharing age and health details of each community member who died. Of the previous 35 deaths, all of the individuals had underlying health conditions with most being over the age of 65.

Over the past two weeks, Kitsap County’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents has dropped to 165.3, 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 112 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.) 746 “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 3,729 total cases, 163 have been reported on Bainbridge Island, 918 in Bremerton, 901 in Central Kitsap, 641 in North Kitsap and 1,106 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.