Please see the public health advisory below from the Kitsap Public Health District regarding confirmation of the county’s first positive COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island. Read the full advisory here.
March 8, 2020
Kitsap Public Health District was notified Sunday of the first positive COVID-19 test for a Kitsap County resident. COVID-19 is the illness caused by novel coronavirus.
The person who tested positive for COVID-19 is a Bainbridge Island resident in their 60s. The individual is in isolation and receiving care.
The positive test was reported by the University of Washington. The case is classified as a "presumptive positive" until the test 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.”
To protect the affected individual’s privacy, Kitsap Public Health will not release additional details about the person unless it is imperative to protect public health. Kitsap Public Health has notified a small group of individuals who were identified as having had close contact with the case. These individuals are being asked to stay home.
Please check KitsapPublicHealth.org for updates.
The City continues to work with the Kitsap Public Health District to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
Kitsap Public Health is not recommending any restrictions on public events or gatherings at this time. The City anticipates issuing a Proclamation of Local Emergency on Monday. 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.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains on standby.
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