In an update from the Kitsap Public Health District Wednesday afternoon, nine cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the county, including the first case reported by the district in North Kitsap. Additionally, 162 negative tests in Kitsap County have been confirmed by the health district.
“Kitsap Public Health is investigating both cases and working as quickly as possible to notify people identified as having been in close contact with the individuals who tested positive,” a statement reads from the health district.
The nine confirmed positive COVID-19 tests in Kitsap County include:
- 3/18/2020: A North Kitsap resident in their 60s;
- 3/18/2020: A South Kitsap resident in their 30s;
- 3/16/2020: A Bainbridge Island resident in their 40s;
- 3/16/2020: A South Kitsap resident in their 50s;
- 3/15/2020: A Bremerton area resident in their 50s;
- 3/15/2020: A Central Kitsap resident in their 40s;
- 3/13/2020: A South Kitsap resident in their 40s;
- 3/10/2020: A Bainbridge Island resident in their 70s; and
- 3/08/2020: A Bainbridge Island resident in their 60s
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Washington State Department of Health has reported a total of 1,187 cases and 66 deaths resulting from the COVID-19 virus, most of which are coming from King and Snohomish counties.
Protect Your Health
According to the health district, everyone should take simple steps to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
- Wash hands often with soap and water.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with others.
Practice Social Distancing
The health district advises folks to practice social distancing. Social distancing means keeping extra space between yourself and others to reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19.
- Keep at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others whenever possible.
- Stay home as much as you can.
- Avoid crowded areas.
- Greet people without touching.
- Help family and friends who need assistance staying home.
What Should I Do If I Feel Sick?
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Most people who have COVID-19 experience mild illness similar to a cold or flu. If you are sick, you should stay home and rest. If you feel you need medical evaluation or you are at higher risk for serious illness, stay home and call your health care provider for guidance.