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Kitsap County Public Health COVID Response
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COVID-19 Variance Steps

Kitsap County received approval on May 28 to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the governor’s Safe Start plan for COVID-19 recovery. This means some additional businesses and activities can resume, with limitations and safety measures in effect. Find a full list here.

  • Approval letter from state Secretary of Health
  • Final Phase 2 variance application


  • FIND BUSINESS GUIDANCE


    Businesses authorized under Phase 2 are only allowed to reopen if they can implement the state guidelines for a safe start.


    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:
    KPHD-LOFR@kitsappublichealth.org.



    PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19


    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.



    PHASE 2 VARIANCE REQUEST INFORMATION


    Kitsap County applied for a phase 2 variance on May 27. Here are links to documents related to the variance request:


    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 wahealthplanfinder.org to learn about health coverage options.


    DON’T DELAY SEEKING EMERGENCY CARE


    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

    CALL 911 AT THE FIRST SIGN OF A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE


    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

    Maintain physical distancing from other people and practice good hygiene habits like frequent handwashing to protect your health and help slow the spread of COVID-19.


    Wear a cloth covering over your mouth and nose in places where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others. This includes stores, buses and other crowded places. Carry a face covering with you.


    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.

    MORE GUIDANCE:
    Use Social Distancing

    Practice social distancing by keeping extra space between yourself and others to reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19.


    • Stay home whenever possible.
    • Keep at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
    • Avoid crowded areas.
    • Greet people without touching.
    • Help family and friends who need assistance staying home.

    Social Distancing - maintain at least 6 feet.

    Practice Healthy Habits

    Everyone should practice healthy habits to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:


    • Wash hands often.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.

    Find additional tips to protect you, your family, and your community.


    What To Do If You Are Sick

    Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Most people who have COVID-19 experience mild illness similar to a cold or flu. Some people are at higher risk of serious illness, including people with underlying health conditions and older adults.

    If you are sick, you should stay home and rest. If you feel you need medical evaluation, or you are at higher risk of complications, stay home and call your health care provider for guidance.


    See the Department of Health's guidelines for people who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

    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:


    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

    Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about symptoms and when to seek medical attention.


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    Learn more about COVID-19 on the CDC's website.

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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


    COVID-19 Fact Sheet
    Para tiendas de
    abarrotes en español

    Social Distancing - maintain at least 6 feet.
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    For housing communities
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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.
    Kitsap Data Reports COVID-19 Fact Sheet
    Kitsap COVID-19
    Risk Assessment Dashboard

    COVID-19 Fact Sheet
    Kitsap COVID-19
    Weekly Report
    Kitsap Lab-Confirmed COVID-19 Case Details Kitsap COVID-19
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