COVID Drive-Thru Testing at Poulsbo City Hall: The Kitsap Public Health Department and County Emergency Operations Center are offering drive up COVID tests at Poulsbo City Hall garage on Thursdays from 9am to 1pm. Tests are by appointment and can be made at https://www.kitsapgov.com/Pages/Kitsap-COVID-19-Test-Site.aspx. Tests are free and/or covered by insurance and available to anyone meeting testing criteria. Please note: there will be no public parking at City Hall garage on testing days.
Drive Through Testing is available on Bainbridge Island every Monday, Bremerton every Tuesday, and Port Orchard every Wednesday. Reservations for all sites can be made here: https://www.testdirectly.com/patient/search/provider_search
At home PCR tests are free-or covered by insurance-for people with COVID symptoms (however mild) that have had an exposure to someone with the virus. More information can be found here.
PCR, Antigen-what COVID test is best? Both are important:
A molecular test is usually performed using a technique known as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), which works by rapidly making millions to billions of copies of viral-related DNA. If there are even small amounts of this genetic material in the sample, it will be detected. Molecular/PCR tests are very sensitive and they are also very specific. A positive test is almost never wrong in determining that SARS-CoV-2 is present. Tests can be done on samples taken by nasal or throat swabs.
Antigen tests (like the Binax self-test) is much less sensitive than the molecular/PCR test. There needs to be more virus present before the test will turn positive. This means that an antigen test may sometimes be falsely negative, meaning a negative result cannot always be trusted. A positive test, suggesting that the virus is present, is usually reliable, although even here false positives are more likely than with a molecular/PCR test.
Antigen tests are useful when taken in conjunction with PCR tests. They are a good early indicator of whether COVID is present—but not a conclusive one.
Further guidance from the Department of Health here.
SCHEDULE A VACCINE APPOINTMENT BY PHONE
City of Poulsbo COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line: (360) 394-9795
If you or someone you know is looking for a vaccination and are struggling with the online appointment system, City of Poulsbo staff and volunteers from North Point Church are able to assist you. This is a recorded message line, please leave a message and a volunteer will contact you within 2 business days. We’re especially eager to help seniors without internet access and people with limited English skills. Residents of North Kitsap only, please.
Kitsap Public Health Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line: (360) 728-2219
Call takers assist people who do not have internet or need additional help registering for Public Health vaccine clinics. Be aware that they are receiving a high volume of vaccine inquiries and may not be able to respond immediately.
SCHEDULE A VACCINE APPOINTMENT ONLINE
VACCINATE WA https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/
This search engine will help you find vaccinations throughout Kitsap County and Washington state.
KITSAP PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT https://kphd.timetap.com/#/
Kitsap Public Health District is offering vaccines throughout the County. You can also sign up on this page for updates about additional clinic openings and enter your name on a wait list. See the link “Please sign up for Updates.” Choose either email or text to receive the notifications.
The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone 12 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. (Pfizer is the only approved vaccine for 12-17 year-olds at present). Kitsap County is currently deemed very high risk for infection; getting a vaccine, wearing a mask if you are not vaccinated, and continuing to get tested if you have COVID symptoms will help us stop the spread.
Looking for a 3rd dose of vaccine? The Centers for Disease Control recommends one for people who have weakened immune systems. The third dose is not considered a booster, rather an additional dose for individuals who did not adequately develop immunities with the initial two-dose series. A full list of conditions is available on the CDC’s website. 3rd dose booster shots will be made widely available after September 20.
How are we doing? As of August 27, around 68% of Kitsap residents 12 and older have received their first vaccination and around 63% are fully vaccinated. According to public health experts, we need at least 70% of the population to be immune to COVID-19 to keep our infection rate down without restrictions on activities. Check here for updates: https://kitsappublichealth.org/communityHealth/EpiData/EpiDataCOVID19Vaccinations.php
What can you do to help? Reach out to friends, relatives, and neighbors having trouble finding a vaccine. Many local appointments are available (and volunteers can help find them at the City’s appointment assistance line (360) 394-9795). Free rides to vaccinations are being offered by Kitsap Transit. Call (360) 479-7272 for more information. Finally, sign up for public safety notifications through the City’s NIXLE system. Test POULSBO to 888777 and stay up to date on important local health (and other) information.
ATTENTION – CUSTOMER RESOURCES
Kitsap County has received funding for eviction prevention and utility assistance for renters impacted by COVID-19, who are behind on rent and are at risk of losing their housing. To apply for assistance, please visit opens in a new windowwww.kcowa.us/kepa online or call 360-473-2035.
For additional resources available through Kitsap County, please opens in a new windowclick hereopens PDF file .
If you have questions or concerns regarding a past due balance on your account, please contact the Utility Billing department for further information regarding a payment plan option. Please click here for a copy of the payment plan application.opens PDF file
Residential utility customers who have experienced a loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic might be eligible to receive financial assistance towards past due utility charges. Please click hereopens PDF file for information regarding this program and for a copy of the application. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact the City of Poulsbo Finance Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org new email
Washington Department of Health operates a coronavirus hotline, with multiple language assistance, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 1-800-525-0127.
- For interpretative services, press # when they answer and say your language. For questions about your own health, COVID-19 testing, or testing results, please contact your health care provider.
- Nuestra línea directa tiene acceso a servicios de interpretación telefónica en su idioma. Llame al 1-800-525-0127 y pulse #, cuando respondan, diga su idioma.
- opens in a new windowSpanish: Nuevo coronavirus, opens in a new windowBienestarWA, opens in a new windowChinese 中文, opens in a new windowRussian: Pусский, opens in a new windowVietnamese: Vi-rút Corona Mới, opens in a new windowKorean: 한국어, opens in a new windowmore translations…
Kitsap Public Health updates positive COVID-19 cases daily at 2:00 p.m. Click here for the latest COVID-19 test results and health information from Kitsap Public Health.
Updated symptoms of COVID-19 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its opens in a new windowofficial list of COVID-19 symptoms. This is in addition to the previous official symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The newly-added symptoms are:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Business & Unemployment Resources
- Summer Fair – The City of Poulsbo is allowing for businesses to expand their storefronts outdoors into certain right-of-ways and parking space. Click hereopens PDF file for more information on the permit.
- Kitsap Economic Development Alliance – Questions about your business? opens in a new windowClick here to join KEDA’s Weekly Webinars, and access their COVID-19 page for the latest updates,information, reliable local, regional, state & national resources for businesses.
- Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan – opens in a new windowBusiness guidance, county status, and what’s allowed to be open.
Unemployment Claim Scams
There are reports of new cases of identity theft related to the recent unemployment benefits going out to people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ve been informed of a fraudulent unemployment claim in your name, you should do the following:
- File a police report through the Poulsbo Police Department’s online incident reporting system: www.kitsap911.org/report.htm
- File a report with the Employment Security Department
- File a report with the FBI
- File a report with the Federal Trade Commission
The best way to stay up to date on information about, updates to, and instructions on how to access Unemployment Insurance related to the COVID-19 outbreak is by subscribing to opens in a new windowESD’s COVID-19 action alerts.
You can also help your application process by doing these four things:
- Start with opens in a new windowthe website first before calling. The website is being updating the information regularly on their website and making it much easier to understand.
- Apply online if you can and read the information on the website before you apply. It will help applicants from getting stuck.
- Sign up for opens in a new windowESD’s COVID-19 action alerts for the most up-to-date information and changes.
- Apply for a job with ESD! opens in a new windowHere’s a flyeropens PDF file with more information. They have amazing telework opportunities available on their customer service teams and, as you can tell from the volume, they need the help. These jobs can be done from anywhere in the state!
- opens in a new windowCOVID-19 Page and FAQ – ESD has accumulated the top questions from businesses and claimants. This is an evolving treasure trove of answers and it is being updated daily. Please email opens in a new email@example.com new email if you have a question not yet listed.
- Checklist for Applying for Unemployment Insurance – To help smooth your application process, please use the opens in a new windowUI Checklistopens PDF file first.
- SharedWork – This is a powerful tool for your businesses to reduce their staff’s hours without having to lay them off. They can reduce the staff hours 10-50% and have Unemployment Insurance provide partial wage replacement for those reduced hours. New emergency rules are being announced for the program to include overtime exempt employees. These rules also allow new businesses as well as those who have outstanding debt to participate. Additionally, with the new Federal legislation, 100% of SharedWork costs will be covered by the Federal Government, therefore not affecting businesses’ experience rates. More information about SharedWork, including an online application, can be found opens in a new windowhere.
- Health District COVID-19 updates by text or email: opens in a new windowhttps://kitsappublichealth.org/CommunityHealth/CoronaVirus.php
- Kitsap County alerts: Sign up to get COVID-19 updates from Kitsap County by email or text.
- City of Poulsbo Facebook Updates – opens in a new windowLike our Page
- Updates from Governor Inslee: opens in a new windowhttps://www.governor.wa.gov/
- Sign up for public safety notifications through the City’s NIXLE system. Text POULSBO to 888777 and stay up to date on important local information.