Another day of COVID-19 statistics in the book. Today's reported total brought in 38 new cases. 0 For Bainbridge Island, 10 for Bremerton, 9 for Central Kitsap, 4 for North Kitsap and 15 for South Kitsap (38 total). The Kitsap County death count stands at 35.
For the 4th day in a row the rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 (over past 14 days) is trending down. Tuesday was 192 and today's number is 184.8. The % positive number is still unavailable due to changes made by the State Department of Health.
Per the State's Coronavirus Response website, Washington's intensive care unit (ICU) room capacity is at 73.6%. There are 899 of a possible 1,221 beds filled. Approximalty 16% (195) of all ICU beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.
If you are looking for a test from now through the beginning of the new year you will have to contact your medical provider or go to one of the open testing sites available in the area.
The City of Bainbridge Island's testing site will be closed "beginning Friday, Dec. 25 and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4". Today was the last available day for those who had scheduled an appointment.
There are also a number of at home COVID-19 test kits like the COVID-19 Active Infection kit from Quest Diagnostics. They have a drive up option for $119 and then the complete mail in option for $129, both have an additional Dr. Fee of $9.30. It states on their website:
"This anterior nares (nasal) swab collection kit, which is authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)*, allows you to collect your sample to be tested at our laboratory. Your test results will be available in your MyQuest™ account in 2-5 business days from the time the sample is received, depending on your test."
Same rules still apply folks!
(per CDC Guidelines)
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid close contact.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect.
- Monitor your health daily.
Gov. Jay Inslee and state public health leaders consider many factors when making decisions related to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. For the most up to date information, always visit the State's website at: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/news.
Stay Tuned & Stay Woke!