First Kitsap resident shows positive test for COVID-19

The “presumptive positive” was returned for a Bainbridge Island resident in their 60s

On Sunday, officials with the Kitsap Public Health District announced they had identified a “presumptive positive” test of COVID-19 in Kitsap County.

The individual who tested positive for the virus was described as a Bainbridge Island resident in their 60s. According to the health district, the person is in isolation and receiving care.

The positive test was reported by the University of Washington and is classified as a “presumptive positive” until it can be confirmed by the state public health laboratory.

“Our thoughts are with the affected community member and their family as they cope with this illness,” Kitsap Public Health District Health Officer Dr. Susan Turner said.

“We know this news will be concerning to our community. We are asking Kitsap residents to stay calm, stay informed and take steps to protect their health and the health of those around them.”

In order to protect the affected individual’s privacy, Kitsap Public Health stated that it would not be releasing additional details about the person unless it is imperative to protect public health. The health district has worked to notify a small group of individuals who were identified as having had close contact with the case. These individuals are being asked to stay home.

Kitsap Public Health District has submitted 14 tests to the Washington State Department of Health lab and have received seven negative results. KPHD also reports an additional five negative results from the University of Washington.

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