COVID-19

This page is designed to provide updates on the City of Bainbridge Island's COVID-19 response efforts. A page dedicated to vaccine distribution efforts on Bainbridge Island can be found at bainbridgewa.gov/COVIDvaccine.

COVID-19 leaders receive Humanitarian Award for vaccine efforts Commodore_April
The City of Bainbridge Island and its partners (Bainbridge Prepares, Bainbridge Island Community Pharmacy, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Island Volunteer Caregivers, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island and the Senior Community Center) received the Bainbridge Community Foundation’s Humanitarian Award for exceptional leadership in the Bainbridge Island COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Since Dec. 23, 2020, the COVID-19 partnership has administered more than 30,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine thanks to the coordinated effort. In 2021, more than 600 volunteers have dedicated more than 32,000 hours to the City's ongoing COVID-19 pandemic efforts; this includes the vaccine clinics and testing site. The team has administered vaccines to the most vulnerable populations in Kitsap and Jefferson counties through home visits and a mobile clinic.

Congratulations to all, and thank you to the volunteers who continue to serve our community!

Below is a video the Bainbridge Community Foundation produced to highlight the vaccine distribution efforts.

Read the full Bainbridge Community Foundation announcement.


City reopens community-based COVID-19 test site Test Site_0913
Due to the increase in COVID-19 activity and demand for testing, the City of Bainbridge Island, in partnership with the Kitsap Public Health District and the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center, reopened a drive-thru COVID-19 test site Sept. 13 at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, located at 11042 Sunrise Drive.

The site is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays. The test site provides nasal self-swab PCR testing and results should be returned within 48-72 hours.

Appointments can be booked one week in advance. In general, we would like appointments to be made for people who are symptomatic, have a known or confirmed COVID-19 exposure, or meet other criteria for testing [Testing_Recommendations.pdf (kitsappublichealth.org)]. Testing kits for pre-travel clearance purposes are available for purchase online and at many local pharmacies.

Book an appointment online at https://www.testdirectly.com/patient/search/provider_search

The Kitsap Public Health District and the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center are also operating test sites across the county at the following locations:

  • Bremerton (Harborside Parking Garage) - Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Poulsbo (City Hall Parking Garage) - Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Bremerton (Kitsap County Fairgrounds - sheep barn) - Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Locate additional testing site options here: https://kitsappublichealth.org/CommunityHealth/files/COVID/COVID-TestingFacilities.pdf


Governor Inslee reinstates mask mandate Wear a mask
Gov. Jay Inslee this week announced that face masks will be required for everyone over five years of age in most public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status.

The order reflects the recommendations of all 35 local health officers in the state of Washington and recent changes to CDC guidance that all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public settings, in areas of substantial or high transmission. With the rise of the more infectious Delta variant, every county in Washington is currently categorized as having substantial or high transmission.

The updated order goes into effect on Monday, Aug. 23.

Read the full announcement.



City Council ends local emergency, terminates hazard pay requirement

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The City Council on July 13 approved rescinding the Proclamation of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council took this action based on improving conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including increasing rates of vaccination and decreasing COVID-19 cases.

The Proclamation of Emergency was issued March 9, 2020 just after the Kitsap Public Health District’s confirmation of the county’s first positive COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island. A proclamation allows the City to use all resources necessary to prepare for and respond to an outbreak, to adjust City policies and operations if needed, and to access state or federal funds and other resources related to emergency response.

The City Council on July 13 also repealed the hazard pay ordinance (Ordinance No. 2021-13) approved by the Council earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ordinance No. 2021-13 required hazard pay of $2 per hour for grocery employers with 500 or more but less than 2,000 employees worldwide, and $4 per hour for such employers with 2,000 or more employees.

Based on the termination of the Proclamation of Emergency on Bainbridge Island and improving safety conditions for workers who are eligible for hazard pay, the Council repealed the ordinance and ended the hazard pay requirement.

Effective July 21, 2021, the additional pay is no longer required.


City Hall now open for in-person servicesCity Hall

As of July 1, 2021, visitors are now welcome to City Hall for in-person services. 

When you visit City Hall, please expect the following changes to protect you and staff:

  • A mask is required for all visitors regardless of vaccination status. There are extra masks available for any visitors who need one.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at front counters to help staff and visitors maintain physical distancing.
  •  There are markings on the floor near the counters to allow visitors space while waiting to speak with staff. 
  •  Hand sanitizer has been placed throughout the lobby area and counters.

As a friendly reminder, the parking spaces around the Town Square (where the Farmers Market is held) are reserved for City staff 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. There is a visitor parking lot next to City Hall along Henshaw Way. 

The City is once again accepting in-person payments, so customers will be responsible for convenience fees for any credit card payments. During the closure, the City paid $52,000 in convenience fees on behalf of customers while in-person payments were not an option.

In addition to in-person services, some services will continue to be available by video conference for customer convenience. For the status of each department’s services, please see the City service delivery plan (graphic below).

All City Council and City Advisory Group meetings will continue to be held on Zoom, in accordance with state regulations. We will share additional information about when in-person meetings may resume as it becomes available.

We look forward to welcoming you back to City Hall soon.



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COVID-19 Test Site Test site
The City's COVID-19 drive-thru test site at Town Square closed March 31, 2021. 

The City, in partnership with the University of Washington Medicine, Bainbridge Prepares and Rotary Club, started the drive-thru test site Nov. 4 to support public health goals and the reopening of schools and businesses in our community. 

The five-month operation administered a total of 2,415 tests and identified 21 positive cases. On average, the test site gave 63 tests per day. Travel was the top reason provided for why people sought tests; the second main reason was showing symptoms or having close contact with someone who tested positive. Kitsap County maintains a list of test providers in the area. 

The City will be able to offer testing on an as-needed basis if an outbreak occurs and City support is needed.

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