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Posted on: March 9, 2020

City issues proclamation of local emergency on COVID-19

On Monday, March 9, the City of Bainbridge Island issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency in response to the Kitsap Public Health District’s March 8 confirmation of the county’s first "presumptive positive" COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island. The 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. Read the proclamation here. 

The public should be aware that Bainbridge Island Police personnel will be following additional protocols to help keep critical first responders as healthy as possible.  These may include the use of gloves or other personal protective equipment.

In addition, the City’s Municipal Court is allowing telephonic hearings to minimize the number of people coming through the court. Court staff request that if you are sick, please do not come to your court hearing or passport appointment. Contact the Court clerk at 206.842.5641 to reschedule your hearing/ passport appointment to a later date.

Following the current guidance from Kitsap Public Health, there are no changes to City operations or services at this time. City Council meetings and City Advisory Group meetings will proceed as usual.

The City will be working to arrange additional and more frequent cleaning services to City-owned public spaces at City Hall, the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, the Police Station, and the Municipal Court.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains on standby, which means Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage and City leadership continue to monitor the situation and work with community partners. The need to have a full EOC activation will be determined by resource requests from local clinics, health care providers and other community partners. 

Kitsap County

As of 11 a.m. March 9, Kitsap Public Health officials are still waiting for the results of one “presumptive positive” test (pending confirmation from the Washington State Department of Health). See the Kitsap Public Health daily updates here

On Sunday, March 8, KPHD confirmed the county’s first "presumptive positive" COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island. 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.

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. 

Kitsap Public Health is not recommending any restrictions on public events or gatherings at this time. However, people who are at higher risk for serious illness, including people with underlying health conditions, older adults and pregnant women, should consider avoiding large gatherings to reduce their risk of getting sick.

Kitsap County issued a Director’s Proclamation of Emergency today for the COVID-19 incident due to the presumptive positive test result for Kitsap County. Read the proclamation here.

The County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated at a Level 2 (partial) in coordination with the Kitsap Public Health District to obtain additional diminishing resources and to collaboratively support county and local operations for Kitsap County residents. 

In addition, Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (KCDEM) released a bulletin March 9 with information about new federal legislation for businesses experiencing economic loss from COVID-19 to apply for assistance. Read here

Public Health – Seattle & King County

As of 1:00 p.m. today (Monday, March 9), Public Health – Seattle & King County is reporting 33 new cases. The official case count total in King County is now 116. In addition, three new deaths are reported, bringing the total deaths to 20. 

With a number of viral respiratory germs circulating right now, Public Health – Seattle & King County urges King County residents to take precautions if they are ill, but not to assume it is COVID-19.

Read Public Health – Seattle & King County updates here.

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