Kitsap Respiratory Illness Report: Dec. 24 to Dec. 30

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In week ending Dec. 30, indicators for all three monitored respiratory viruses (COVID-19, influenza and RSV) went up, showing increasing circulation in Kitsap County. RSV and influenza indicators are currently high, and COVID-19 indicators are elevated.

2.2% of emergency department (ED) visits were attributable to COVID-19, 1.2% were attributable to influenza, and 1.9% were attributable to RSV. Kitsap sentinel reporting labs reported 100 positive COVID-19 tests (13.8% of specimens tested), 64 positive influenza tests (53 influenza A, 11 influenza B; 10.7% of specimens tested), and 38 positive RSV tests (13.0% 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 one COVID-19-associated death and two influenza-associated deaths occurring in the past 28 days.

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