Kitsap Respiratory Illness Report: Dec. 17 to Dec. 23

Click here to access week 51 of the Kitsap Respiratory Illness Report.

In week ending Dec. 23, RSV indicators in Kitsap County remained high. Influenza indicators remain elevated, and COVID-19 activity remains low; indicators for both influenza and COVID-19 have risen in the past week.

1.8% of emergency department (ED) visits were attributable to COVID-19, 1.0% were attributable to influenza, and fewer than 10 visits were attributable to RSV. Kitsap sentinel reporting labs reported 95 positive COVID-19 tests (11.7% of specimens tested), 65 positive influenza tests (54 influenza A, 11 influenza B; 10.8% of specimens tested), and 39 positive RSV tests (11.5% of specimens tested).

On average, around 17 hospital beds at St. Michael Medical Center were in use per day for COVID-19 or influenza patients. Vital records have identified two COVID-19-associated deaths and two influenza-associated deaths occurring in the past 28 days.

At Kitsap long-term care facilities, there have been five COVID-19 outbreaks reported in the past four reporting weeks, and no influenza outbreaks.  

BE AWARE: The CDC and Kitsap Public Health District issued health advisories urgently requesting healthcare providers to increase immunization coverage for influenza, COVID-19, and RSV during the winter respiratory illness season.