Kitsap County COVID-19 Resources and Information


Multilingual Resources - Clicking on these links will connect with Washington State Department of Health resources and information


State places all counties' Safe Start applications on pause

Update: On July 28, Gov. Jay Inslee extended the pause indefinitely on counties moving ahead in the Safe Start Washington plan. Read the full memo here

On July 2, Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced a two-week pause on all county applications to advance in the Safe Start Recovery Plan due to concerns about increasing disease spread across Washington state. On July 14, Governor Inslee and Secretary Wiesman extended the pause until at least July 28. Kitsap remains in Phase 2. Visit the Kitsap Public Health District COVID-19 page to view the risk assessment dashboard and for more information.


Volunteers needed for Kitsap quarantine and isolation site 

Volunteers are needed to staff Kitsap County Quarantine and Isolation (Q&I) site for individuals who've been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19, and lack safe alternatives for housing. Q&I is maintained and managed by Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management as a key tool in the battle against the spread of COVID-19.

Volunteers are provided training on all appropriate PPE as well as on steps that minimize possible exposure. To help fill this vital need, please click here for more information or email volunteer@kitsapem.org.


We need your help to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Kitsap!

COVID-19 cases have surged in the month of July. Read this release from Kitsap Public Health for ways our community can help.


Pathway to Recovery Playbook 

We gathered Gov. Jay Inslee's guidelines for a Safe Start in one place, the Kitsap County Pathway to Recovery Playbook, to make them easier for local businesses to find. The playbook is updated regularly, as new information and guidance becomes available. The latest version was updated on August 4, 2020 to include Phase 2 and 3 indoor fitness and training and overnight group summer camps.

The Pathway to Recovery Playbook was developed by the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management to help our community understand and safely embark upon our phased opening. It includes everything from overarching guidance for every individual and employer to industry-specific recommendations for each phase of the Safe Start recovery plan. Similar resources are in the state's Safe Start COVID-19 Recovery Plan.


 Latest Updates

The daily update includes the latest COVID-19 testing results from Kitsap Public Health and a few headlines we think you should know about. 

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 Older Updates

Daily EOC Update - 07/25/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/24/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/23/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/22/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/21/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/20/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/19/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/18/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/17/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/16/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/15/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/14/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/13/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/12/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/11/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/10/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/09/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/08/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/07/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/06/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/05/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/04/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/03/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/02/2020

Daily EOC Update - 07/01/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/30/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/29/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/28/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/27/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/26/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/25/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/24/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/23/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/22/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/21/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/20/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/19/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/18/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/17/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/16/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/15/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/14/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/13/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/12/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/11/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/10/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/09/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/08/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/07/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/06/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/05/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/04/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/03/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/02/2020

Daily EOC Update - 06/01/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/31/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/30/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/29/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/28/2020

Kitsap County approved for Phase 2 of Safe Start recovery plan - 5/28/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/27/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/26/2020

Kitsap County publishes a "Playbook" for reopening - 05/26/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/25/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/24/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/23/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/22/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/21/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/20/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/19/2020

Kitsap Public Health statement regarding Safe Start variance eligibility - 05/19/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/18/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/17/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/16/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/15/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/14/2020

Kitsap County preparing for next steps on path to reopening, recovery - 05/14/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/13/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/12/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/11/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/10/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/09/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/08/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/07/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/06/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/05/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/04/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/03/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/02/2020

Daily EOC Update - 05/01/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/30/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/29/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/28/2020

Kitsap Public Health Community Health and Well-Being Survey

Daily EOC Update - 04/27/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/26/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/25/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/24/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/23/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/22/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/21/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/20/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/19/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/18/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/17/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/16/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/15/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/14/2020

Kitsap drive-up COVID-19 testing site reopens - 04/13/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/13/2020

Quarantine and Isolation Care Center in South Kitsap open - 04/13/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/12/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/11/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/10/2020

Daily EOC Update -04/09/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/08/2020

Daily EOC Update- 04/07/2020

Kitsap County launches its first drive-through testing site for COVID-19 - 04/7/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/06/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/05/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/04/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/03/2020

New Kitsap Cares website for community resources – and ways to help - 04/03/2020

Isolation and Quarantine Centers on Kitsap's Horizon - 04/03/2020

Daily EOC Update - 04/02/2020   

Daily EOC Update - 04/01/2020

Daily EOC Update - 03/31/2020

Daily EOC Update - 03/30/2020

Daily EOC Update - 03/29/2020

Daily EOC Update - 03/28/2020

Daily EOC Update - 03/27/2020

Daily EOC Update - 03/26/2020

Daily EOC Update - 03/25/2020


 Face Coverings 

Use the resources listed here to better understand the state Secretary of Health's order requiring face coverings. Remember: some people may have a medical reason for not wearing a face covering. Whether or not those around you are wearing face coverings, focus on keeping six feet of distance between you and others, and wash your hands often.

Free masks for qualifying households

As part of a statewide program, the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center received 106,000 cloth face masks to distribute to low-income individuals through local social service agencies and organizations starting July 1. Two free masks are available for every person with an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. To access the free masks, call 2-1-1 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week for direction to one of 66 distribution locations across the county.

Requirements for individuals

An order from the secretary of health requires Washingtonians to wear face coverings in public spaces and shared spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Read guidance on cloth face coverings from the Department of Health.

Requirements for businesses/employers


How to report a concern

  • Visit Kitsap Public Health District's site to submit a concern about private individuals not following the masking requirements.
  • For concerns about employees at a business, contact Washington State Department of Labor and Industries at (800) 423-7233 or email adag235@lni.wa.gov. 
  • Customers who are concerned that a business is not adequately enforcing the face mask order or other Safe Start requirements can submit an anonymous complaint.


 Quarantine and Isolation Care Center

The KCEOC has opened a temporary quarantine and isolation care center in South Kitsap for people who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19. The facility can accept patients referred by healthcare providers or public health officials in Kitsap County.

Learn more about the care center and how it will help our community.


 Scam Alerts and Rumor Control

 How You Can Help (in addition to staying home)

Visit the Kitsap Community Foundation's Kitsap Cares page to find more ways to help other people during the coronavirus pandemic.


DONATE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)


HELP OTHERS - MUTUAL AID

  • Reach out via phone, text, email, or video chat to check on neighbors, friends, and family.

  • Visit the Kitsap Community Foundation's Kitsap Cares page for more ways to help people in our community.

  • Kitsap County Human Services Housing and Homelessness Division has created resources for helping people living homeless.


DONATE BLOOD


APPLY YOUR MEDICAL SKILLS      


 Need Help by Phone?

  • If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press # from 6 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. Please note that this call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.

  • You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211211 to receive information and updates wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.

  • Call 911 only for life-threatening emergencies. Emergency response is available 24/7.

  • Visit the Kitsap Community Foundation's Kitsap Cares page for hotlines, including domestic violence, suicide, and mental health.        


 Health Information and COVID-19 Data

KITSAP COUNTY


WASHINGTON STATE


FEDERAL


HEALTH INSURANCE

  • Free or low-cost Apple Health is available year-round from the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.


 Get Help - Resources for You and Your Family

Kitsap County has partnered with Kitsap Community Resources to distribute $525,000 in temporary financial rental and mortgage assistance to low-income county residents who have lost their jobs or are struggling financially due to the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Go to https://lnks.gd/2/JvLVxx for more information.

The Washington State Coronavirus Resource page contains links to programs and services that may be helpful for Washingtonians who are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

You can find local community resources and assistance programs at the Kitsap Community Foundation's Kitsap Cares page.


UNEMPLOYMENT AND OTHER BENEFITS

How to accurately and quickly file for unemployment benefits

WorkFirst is Washington's temporary cash assistance program.

Some Washingtonians may also apply for the Disaster Cash Assistance Program. The assistance is available to all Washington families and people without children who meet the income and resource limits of the program.


RENTAL ASSISTANCE

A $641,438 grant from the federal CARES Act will provide up to three months of rental assistance for Kitsap County residents who make 80 percent or less of the area’s median income. The assistance is available to people affected by COVID-19 who are not receiving any other federal, state, or local housing subsidy.

The Washington State Department of Commerce also has rental and energy assistance available for households that qualify for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

To find out if you qualify for rental or energy assistance funds, contact the Kitsap Housing Solutions Center, 360-473-2035, HSC@kcr.org or visit kcr.org.

For households residing in Housing Kitsap units, contact Housing Kitsap at 360-535-6100, HousingKitsap@HousingKitsap.org or visit HousingKitsap.org.


  

FOOD ASSISTANCE

All local school districts offer free grab and go meals to any child 18 and under (in some cases special education students age 21 and under also qualify). Check your local school district for instructions.

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MENTAL HEALTH, CRISIS HOTLINES, AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ASSISTANCE

The Kitsap Community Foundation's Kitsap Cares page has a list of free 24-hour hotlines that can help.


RENT, UTILITIES, INTERNET, MORTGAGES

  • The Sewer Utility is temporarily suspending all late penalties and placement of liens related to non-payment of monthly sewer service due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Resolution does not relieve a utility customer from the obligation to pay for sewer services.

       

CHILDCARE AND EARLY LEARNING

Free childcare for families of healthcare workers and emergency responders may be available through local school districts. Contact your local school district for information.

Kitsap Community Resources offers childhood early learning services to families of first responders and medical personnel. Email earlylearning@kcr.org or call 360-473-2075.

The state’s Families, Friends and Neighbor program includes grandparents, aunts and uncles, elders, older siblings, friends, neighbors and others who help families by providing child care. Visit the website or call 866-482-4325 for more information.

Visit the Kitsap Community Foundation's Kitsap Cares page for more local childcare options.


GROCERY SERVICES - DELIVERY AND SPECIAL HOURS

Most grocery stores have special at-risk customer shopping hours. Contact your local store directly to ask about these hours.

There are several local groups offering assistance with shopping and other errands. For more information, see the Kitsap Community Foundation's Kitsap Cares page.

 

GARBAGE SERVICES

Kitsap County waste disposal and recycling facilities have resumed normal schedules with restrictions. Curbside collection services continue as normal. Contact the service provider in your area to subscribe or learn about services.


OLDER ADULTS AND CAREGIVER RESOURCES

 Businesses and Worker Resources

Kitsap businesses have sacrificed much during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy closure. Now as we move through the Stay Safe plan and get our economy moving again, we must continue to take safety precautions to protect our community and prevent a rebound of COVID-19 so our businesses can move towards recovery.


As Kitsap County moves into Phase 2 of the Safe Start COVID-19 recovery plan, some local businesses will reopen or begin to expand their services. As the approval letter from the state Secretary of Health noted, however, a business may reopen only “after it can implement the state guidelines for a safe start."

We gathered those guidelines in one place, the Kitsap County Pathway to Recovery Playbook, to make them easier for local businesses to find. They are also available on the state’s Safe Start page.

Businesses that are state licensed or certified professional should check with their licensing or certifying state agency for guidance. If no state guidance is available yet, the business cannot open under the governor's plan. 


ASK A QUESTION   

  • Business owners and operators can fill out this form to ask Washington State questions about financial help or other state assistance for businesses.

  • Businesses that still have questions about their status can contact the Kitsap Public Health District’s Liaison Officer at KPHD-LOFR@kitsappublichealth.org.


WASHINGTON STATE RESOURCES


LOCAL RESOURCES

  • During the Stay Home, Stay Healthy closures, Kitsap chambers of commerce rallied to support local businesses in not only strengthening their resiliency but also implementing new and creative strategies to stay afloat while supporting their employees. Read their letter to the community.

  • The local chambers of commerce recently compiled a Back to Business Toolkit that offers a variety of resources for successfully reopening. Chambers are also promoting a new site at kitsapcovid19.com and a local COVID-19 Business Support Facebook page.

  

FINANCIAL SUPPORT


 Nonprofits & Homeless Service Provider Resources

 Apartments, Condos, and Similar Residences - Resources

King County Health District: COVID-19: For managers, staff, and residents of apartment buildings, condominiums, and similar residential communities


 Important Closures


 Transportation

WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES

View COVID-19 Updates from Washington State Ferries


KITSAP TRANSIT

Starting on Monday, May 4, until further notice, Kitsap Transit will require all Worker/Driver passengers to wear a face covering to ride this service.

Kitsap Transit has temporarily reduced services. They are providing free fares through June 30. View Kitsap Transit updates.


 Other Languages

  • Have more questions about COVID-19? Call the Washington State hotline: 1-800-525-0127. For interpretative services, press # when they answer and say your language. (Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.) For questions about your own health, COVID-19 testing, or testing results, please contact your health care provider.

  • El Distrito de Salud Pública de Kitsap ha creado una nueva página de información COVID-19 en Español. La página incluye estadísticas locales de COVID-19, hojas informativas y enlaces a recursos adicionales.


 Cities and Tribes of Kitsap County

City residents and tribal members can find additional resources and information using the links below.

City of Bremerton: View coronavirus information.

City of Port Orchard: View coronavirus information.

City of Poulsbo: View coronavirus information.

City of Bainbridge Island: View coronavirus information.

Suquamish Tribe: View coronavirus information.

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe: View coronavirus information.


 About this page        

This page is designed to help Kitsap County residents find government information and assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. It is maintained by the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center and updated daily with new resources. Kitsap EOC includes members from Kitsap Public Health District, Kitsap County Emergency Management, Kitsap 911, Law Enforcement, and Kitsap Fire Chiefs Association.

Visit the Kitsap Cares page to find available resources from community groups and nonprofits.