Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updates for Providers

**4/4/2022: Updated to include new vaccine booster information. See red text below for update.**

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COVID-19 Situation Update

As of March 31, Kitsap County has had 39,305 cases of COVID-19 and 335 deaths from COVID-19. Our seven-day case rate of 41.9 per 100,000 shows a slight increase from last week and is a deviation from the recent downward trend. Note, it has been 19 days since the statewide mask mandate transitioned to a mask recommendation for many indoor settings. During the week ending March 26, we had 4 new COVID-19 hospitalizations among Kitsap residents. In the past 180 days, unvaccinated people ages 12-59 were 5.1 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than those fully vaccinated; 2.9 times more likely for those age 60 and older.

As of March 31, 77.2% of Kitsap County residents have initiated vaccination. Over 92,000 (34.2%) Kitsap residents have received an additional or booster vaccine dose. As of March 31, only 36% of children aged 5-11 have initiated vaccination. All subcounty areas of Kitsap County have at least 70% vaccination initiation rates among those age 12 and older. Differences in vaccination initiation rates persist across race/ethnicity groups, the gap between highest and lowest rate is 41%.

The chart below shows our most recent case rate, vaccination rate and COVID-19 cases trend over the last three months:


COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Quality Improvement Project in Pediatric Primary Care

The Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Washington State Department of Health are working to improve COVID-19 vaccination in pediatric primary care settings statewide, and WCAAP is offering a 3-month Quality Improvement project to help clinics:

  • Improve immunization workflows to reduce missed opportunities.
  • Consistently assess COVID-19 vaccine status and offer vaccine.
  • Ensure consistent communication and messaging across all clinic team members.
  • Emphasize pediatric primary care as a resource for reliable and accurate information for families.

Participating staff and providers will receive process improvement coaching and training, and clinics will receive a stipend of $1,500-2,500. Learn more here or email DeAnna Dudley at to ask questions or join the project.

COVID-19 Therapeutics

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) allocates monoclonal antibody and oral antiviral supplies to each state. DOH distributes doses to enrolled providers. Providers must enroll in Healthcare Partner Ordering Portal (HPoP) to manage COVID-19 therapeutics. Email to register for HPoP training, held Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

COVID-19 Prevention Patient Education

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Contacting the Health District

  • Call (360) 728-2235 and leave a message. Includes reporting notifiable conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Leave the patient’s name, date of birth and disease.
  • Fax (360) 813-1168.

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