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Statement regarding Phase 2 variance eligibility
Governor Jay Inslee today announced that Kitsap County was among ten additional counties eligible to apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 under the Safe Start recovery plan. The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners requested Kitsap be made eligible for a variance in a letter to Governor Inslee earlier this week. The Commissioners said their request was possible only because county residents took the advice of public health experts, stayed home whenever possible, and reduced the number of new cases.

However, the Kitsap Public Health District received confirmation early Tuesday that an employee at a Kitsap long-term care community has tested positive for COVID-19. Because additional cases at such a facility could significantly impact our COVID-19 response and variance application, the Health District will not be in a position to make a recommendation regarding the Safe Start variance until the health district completes an investigation of the case. Read the complete KPHD statement.

The Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center has been working to position the county to meet the Governor’s criteria for moving forward under Safe Start. That advance work will speed the approval process once an application for a variance can be made.

Governor Inslee announces restart of medical and dental services
Governor Jay Inslee announced yesterday the state's plan to resume all elective medical and dental procedures. Each medical or dental practice will assess their own readiness and their communities’ COVID-19 activity to determine whether, and to what degree, they will reopen.

Under this plan, each health care or dental provider must meet certain criteria to begin performing elective procedures. Each provider evaluates its readiness to begin and must maintain standards to continue to see patients. Read the rest of the story in the governor's blog post.

Updated COVID-19 survey dashboard
The Kitsap Public Health District has released the second set of survey results from the Kitsap County Community Health and Well-being COVID-19 Survey. Over 11,000 Kitsap County residents participated in the online survey open April 23 to 30.

The results include responses to all of survey questions except for the last open comment question, "Is there anything else you would like to share with us?" The Kitsap Public Health District will analyze these comments and release important trends at a later date.

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