Bainbridge Island resident is first positive COVID-19 test reported for Kitsap County

A Bainbridge Island resident has tested positive with the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and is the first person in Kitsap County confirmed to have the virus, the Kitsap Public Health District announced Sunday.

District officials said they were notified Sunday, March 8 of the test results.

The positive test was reported by the University of Washington.

The person who tested positive for COVID-19 is their 60s, officials said, and the individual is in isolation and receiving care.

The case is classified as a “presumptive positive” until the test can be confirmed by the state public health laboratory, according to the Kitsap Public Health District.

“Our thoughts are with the affected community member and their family as they cope with this illness,” said Kitsap Public Health District Health Officer Dr. Susan Turner.

“We know this news will be concerning to our community,” Turner added. “We are asking Kitsap residents to stay calm, stay informed and take steps to protect their health and the health of those around them.”

The Kitsap Public Health District said it would not release additional details about the person to protect the affected individual’s privacy — “unless it is imperative to protect public health.”

The health district notified a small group of individuals who were identified as having had close contact with the case.

These individuals are being asked to stay home, officials said.

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