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Kitsap County Public Health COVID Response

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Kitsap County applied on June 19 to move from Phase 2 to Phase 3 of the state’s Safe Start plan for COVID-19 recovery. On July 2, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that all county Safe Start applications would be placed on pause for two weeks in response to increasing COVID-19 activity.

Kitsap County’s Phase 3 application is on pause until at least July 16. Kitsap remains in Phase 2.

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To operate under Phase 3, businesses will need to develop a written safety plan and follow all available guidance.

Businesses authorized under Phase 2 are only allowed to reopen if they can implement the state guidance available for their industry.

Kitsap County Pathway to Recovery Playbook

Still have questions? Submit a question through the state COVID-19 Business and Worker Inquiries form or send an email to:


While Kitsap has qualified to move forward under the Safe Start plan, it is important to know that COVID-19 is still present in our community. Regardless of what phase is in effect, Kitsap residents are urged to:

  • Maintain six feet of distance from others in public whenever possible.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in places where physical distancing can’t be maintained. Be compassionate to people who cannot wear face coverings.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

Read more prevention guidance.

People who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, even if their symptoms are mild. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms on the CDC’s website.

Many Kitsap County health care organizations offer COVID-19 tests, with guidance from the state Department of Health.

Get Tested


  1. Call your regular health care provider to talk about your symptoms and getting tested.
  2. If you do not have a health care provider, you can become established with a provider or contact an urgent care clinic near you.
  3. If you do not have health insurance, visit our Health Insurance page for information about enrollment assistance.

Visit the state Department of Health’s website for more information about COVID-19 testing, including costs.


Testing is an important tool in our response to the coronavirus pandemic. When someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, we help them take steps to avoid spreading the virus to others and notify people they have been in close contact with. Testing also provides data needed assess the level of illness in our community as we make progress toward recovery.


If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19, you should get a viral (PCR) test. Only a PCR test can confirm that you have COVID-19.


Antibody tests (or serology tests) analyze a blood sample to determine if a person was exposed to a virus in the past. An antibody test cannot confirm if a person currently has COVID-19.

More research is needed to understand if having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 will protect someone from getting COVID-19 in the future, or how long that protection might last. A positive antibody test does not mean a person is immune to COVID-19.

Learn more about COVID-19 tests.

COVID-19 Dashboard

We need to keep our community healthy and resilient as we work together to overcome the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While many of us have had our regular routines disrupted, it is still important to stay on top of preventive care and treatment of chronic conditions. Skipping a wellness checkup or postponing an immunization could put your health or your family’s health at risk. Health care providers are working hard to ensure clinics and hospitals are safe for everyone to visit.

COVID-19 Dashboard

If you have lost income or health insurance during the pandemic, go to to learn about health coverage options.


It is critical to immediately seek medical care if you or someone in your household is experiencing a health emergency. Our local hospitals have not been overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic and people should not avoid seeking emergency care.

Not sure when to go to call 911 or go to a hospital? The Washington State Department of Health has helpful tips.

COVID-19 Dashboard


If you experience symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, or witness the signs in another person, call 9–1–1. Learn more about the signs and symptoms from the American Heart Association.

When to wear face coverings

Effective June 26, a statewide order will require people to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces such as stores, offices and restaurants. The order will also require face coverings in outdoor settings where people cannot stay 6 feet apart.

There are exemptions, including for people with certain disabilities or health conditions, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and children under the age of 5 (though it's encouraged to have children ages 3-5 wear a covering if possible). Read more about the face covering requirement.

When to wear face coverings

Here are some important points to know about face coverings:

  • Face coverings are not a substitute for other protective measures. It is critical to stay home as much as possible, wash hands often, disinfect frequently used objects, and stay at least six feet from people outside your household.
  • Avoid crowded areas whenever possible. Find a different place to go or come back another time unless your visit is absolutely essential. You are at risk of getting COVID-19 even if you are wearing a face covering..
  • Use cloth face coverings. Do not use medical masks or respirators. You can make face coverings at home or purchase them.
  • Some people cannot wear face coverings. Be kind to people around you who are not wearing face coverings. Focus on making good decisions for yourself and your family.
  • Face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2. Older children should be supervised while wearing face coverings.
  • Face coverings help protect people around you. Studies indicate face coverings are most effective for preventing the wearer from spreading respiratory droplets when they cough, sneeze, or talk. Face coverings are less effective for protecting the wearer from droplets spread by other people.


COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new type of coronavirus. Most people who have COVID-19 experience mild illness similar to a cold or flu.

Some people are at higher risk for severe illness, including:

  • People with certain health conditions
  • Older adults

Visit the CDC’s website for information about risk groups and special guidance.

People with COVID-19 have experienced a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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COVID-19 signs for businesses / signos para empresas

These posters educate customers and staff on steps being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In English

COVID-19 Fact Sheet
For grocery stores

En Español

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Para tiendas de
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Social Distancing - maintain at least 6 feet.
For restaurants
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Para restaurante
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For housing communities
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Para comunidades de
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COVID-19 Fact Sheet
For childcare centers
Social Distancing - maintain at least 6 feet.
Para guarderías en español

The Washington State Department of Health has more COVID-19 fact sheets available in multiple languages.

The Kitsap Public Health District is working closely with the Washington State Department of Health and the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our activities include:

  • Investigating COVID-19 cases in Kitsap and notifying people identified as having been in close contact with confirmed cases.
  • Providing guidance to Kitsap health care providers.
  • Sharing information with local agencies, organizations, businesses and community groups.
  • Providing daily updates to the public and news media.
  • Encouraging Kitsap residents to take steps to protect their health and the health of their community.
  • Providing education about social distancing measures.
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