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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Update: City response to coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus - DOH

Update at 11:05 a.m. March 6:

Below is an update from the Kitsap Public Health District on testing and results for Kitsap County:

Updated at 11:00 a.m. on 3/6/2020*
Confirmed cases: 0
Pending tests: 12

* Kitsap Public Health will update this page at 11 each morning to reflect tests submitted from the previous day. Pending tests only include tests submitted to the state public health lab in Shoreline. Kitsap Public Health is not involved in facilitating testing at the University of Washington.

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The City of Bainbridge Island continues to work with the Kitsap Public Health District (KPHD) to respond to an international outbreak of novel coronavirus, called COVID-19. The Bainbridge Island community looks to the KPHD to lead local efforts to prepare and respond to community health concerns like COVID-19.

As of 11:00 a.m. on March 5, the Kitsap Public Health District reports that 10 Kitsap County residents are being tested for COVID-19 through the state public health laboratory. No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Kitsap County.

Kitsap Public Health will update its website at 11:00 each morning to reflect tests submitted from the previous day. Pending tests only include tests submitted to the state public health lab in Shoreline. Kitsap Public Health is not involved in facilitating testing at the University of Washington.

City response 

On March 4, staff from the City, Bainbridge Island School District, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District, and regional health resources held a meeting to collaborate and share information and plans. 

In addition, City Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage is participating in regular conference calls with the KPHD and Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management to get the latest updates.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains on standby, which means LeSage is monitoring the situation for potential escalation and enhanced activation. During an emergency, the Council Chamber serves as the City’s EOC, which is a central location for staff and community partners to meet to gather information and coordinate response and recovery efforts.

In the event that local cases of COVID-19 are identified, or in response to other emerging needs, the City of Bainbridge Island will prepare to issue a Proclamation of Local Emergency. The purpose of this action is to allow 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.

Currently, City facilities remain open to the public. The City is reviewing the use of public spaces (City Hall, Police Station, Municipal Court) per guidance from the KPHD. If there are any changes to the use of City facilities, then the community will be notified.  If you have a fever, cough, or respiratory problems, please do not enter City facilities as a precaution to protect staff and fellow community members.  

Steps to prepare & guidance

Everyone should practice healthy habits to prevent spread of respiratory illnesses. Steps include washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick. Updated guidance encourages anyone who is immunocompromised or otherwise at risk of severe illness to stay home to avoid getting the virus. Please see the links below for more information on COVID-19 and preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

The DOH has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Seeking medical evaluation and advice

If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your health care provider first. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have difficulty breathing, it doesn’t mean you have COVID-19, but you should call 911. Click here for more information from Public Health - Seattle & King County on seeking medical evaluation.

Stay informed

  • Nixle: Sign up for free emergency alerts from the City of Bainbridge Island Text 98110 to 888777 to opt-in or visit the Nixle website. 
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  • Kitsap County alerts: Sign up to get COVID-19 updates from Kitsap County by email or text. 
  • King County alerts: Sign up to get COVID-19 alerts from Public Health – Seattle & King County 

Bainbridge Island School District response

  • Learn how BISD is responding to COVID-19 here

Washington State Ferries response

  • Learn how WSF is responding to COVID-19 here

Kitsap Transit response

  • Learn how Kitsap Transit is responding to COVID-19 here.

City updates

  • Read March 2 update here


Media contact
Kristen Drew, Communications Coordinator
kdrew@bainbridgewa.gov
206.780.3741 (office)
206.786.2342 (cell)  


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