On Wednesday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed 35 new positive cases of COVID in the past 24 hours, bringing the countywide total to 6,536 since the pandemic began in March of 2020.
Of the new cases, Bainbridge Island had one and North Kitsap five. South Kitsap had 16 cases.
A total of 181 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.) 271 “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 has gone back up to 134.5, meaning the county is once again at a “high level” of coronavirus activity – per state guidelines that means any positive case rate 75 and above.
There have been 96 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began, and 49 since the start of the new year. Details on the three most recent deaths were unavailable by press time. Of the previous 93 deaths, 50 were community members 80 and older, 27 ages 70-79, 10 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.
To date, the number of vaccine doses given by Kitsap facilities is 140,443, and the rate of positive tests over the last seven days is 6.4 percent.
Of the 6,536 total cases, 282 have been reported on Bainbridge Island, 1,706 in Bremerton, 1,535 in Central Kitsap, 1,048 in North Kitsap and 1,965 in South Kitsap.