State returns Phase 3 application to Kitsap, six other counties

All counties that had pending applications to move on to the next phase of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” reopening plan will likely have to resubmit their applications once the statewide pause has ended.

State Secretary of Health Jonathan Wiesman said Monday that he is returning all Safe Start applications to counties that were in limbo on July 2 when the pause on moving forward to a new phase was instituted.

Wiesman said in an announcement that applications will be several weeks old by the time the statewide pause is up on July 28 — assuming the governor chooses not to extend it again.

Kitsap is one of seven counties that were waiting for the final word from the state, all of which were trying to move from Phase 2 to Phase 3. The others were Clark, Cowlitz, Jefferson, Klickitat, San Juan and Walla Walla.

As of Monday, Kitsap had confirmed 140 COVID-19 cases in July, as the positive percent test rate has risen slightly to 2.5 percent. Five counties in Washington remain in a modified Phase 1.

“It remains critical that everyone continues to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Wiesman said. “Wear a face covering in any public setting or place where you can’t keep at least 6 feet of distance from people who are not members of your immediate household. In addition, stay home as much as possible, limit the number of people that you interact with, wash your hands and cover your coughs and sneezes.”

More in News

q
Initial unemployment claims fall after spike the previous week

Initial unemployment claims came back to Earth Oct. 11-17 after a spike… Continue reading

Courtesy of the Kitsap Public Health District
Health District confirms 14 new cases of COVID-19 in Kitsap

Over the past two weeks, Kitsap County’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents is 44.5

a
Two South Kitsap felony suspects on the run

Duo is wanted for second-degree assault

Free flu vaccine for uninsured adults at selected pharmacies

Albertsons, Safeway join with state to provide vital vaccine

a
Mobile COVID-19 drive-through center opening Monday in Bremerton

Kitsap Public Health District says other mobile sites planned elsewhere in the county

a
Farmers to Families food boxes available Oct. 28

First-come, first-served supplies provided through SKSD department

Shops in Downtown Poulsbo are gearing up for Halloween with spooky decorations and seasonal wear.
Poulsbo Halloween Hunt takes place of traditional trick or treating

While Poulsbo has had to cancel its traditional Halloween celebration due to… Continue reading

.
Some going to school, but there’s no room for all

In a presentation to the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council, North Kitsap School… Continue reading

Those without insurance went to the far tent hosted by Kitsap Health District.
Drive-through gives Poulsbo a shot in the arm

Cars lined up along both Third and Moe streets for their occupants… Continue reading

Most Read