On Wednesday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed an additional COVID-related death, bringing the countywide total of virus-associated fatalities to 90 since the pandemic began last March and 46 since the start of the new year.
Details on the most recent death were not available by press time. Of the 89 prior deaths, 49 were community members 80 and older, 25 ages 70-79, nine ages 60-69, three ages 50-59, two ages 40-49, and one ages 30-39. The health district didn’t list how many had other health conditions, but earlier reported the first 43 people who died all had underlying health conditions.
Additionally, the health district confirmed 14 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, bringing the countywide total to 5,994 since the pandemic began.
Of the new cases, North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island had none. Central Kitsap had seven.
A total of 64 cases were considered in “isolation” by the health district, meaning they are “confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases who are in their recommended isolation period” (10 days after first symptoms.) 277 “total close contacts in quarantine” were also confirmed in Kitsap, meaning they are “residents who were determined to be close contacts of confirmed cases and are in their recommended quarantine period” (14 days after last contact with case).
Over the past two weeks, the county’s positive case rate per 100,000 residents is 68, meaning the county is now under a “high level” of coronavirus activity – per state guidelines that means any positive case rate 75 and above.
To date, the number of vaccine doses given by Kitsap facilities is 93,547. The total number of negative tests is 140,217, and the rate of positive tests over the last seven days is 3.6 percent.
Of the 5,994 total cases, 269 have been reported on Bainbridge Island, 1,596 in Bremerton, 1,414 in Central Kitsap, 994 in North Kitsap and 1,721 in South Kitsap.