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COVID-19

Local and State Resource Websites

  • Washington State Coronavirus Response: https://www.coronavirus.wa.gov/
  • 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.
  • Kitsap Public Health District Response:  https://kitsappublichealth.org/CommunityHealth/CoronaVirus.php
  • Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
  • Homebound and looking for help? Wanting to help deliver groceries? A new Poulsbo HELP Line has been created to connect those who want to help with those who need some assistance. Click here for more details on the Poulsbo HELP Line.
  • Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo is opening its doors, on Monday, to the homeless and hungry in the North Kitsap area. Day shelter and community kitchen will be open 7 days a week from 11am to 3pm. Call the City’s volunteer HELP line for more information 360-517-5037. Meals served at 11:30 a.m. daily.

Updated – Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Update at 2:00 p.m. (4/8/2020) Kitsap Public Health reports 120 positive COVID-19 cases and 1 death in Kitsap County. There have been 1840 negative test results. Click here for the latest COVID-19 test results and health information from Kitsap Public Health.

COVID-19 and seniors: Dr. Marie Matty of Pacifica Medicine and Wellness has offered to host webinar this month on COVID-19 and seniors. This webinar will be designed specifically for those 65 years young and older, and will provide information about the coronavirus, transmission patterns, and staying safe with (and without) friends and family. If this is something you’d like to join, please contact Kim at the City’s Department of Housing, Health and Human Services (kimberlyh@cityofpoulsbo.com). We’ll schedule if there is enough interest. You must have access to a computer and Zoom in order to participate.

Kitsap County Solid Waste – Limited waste disposal access to Olympic View Transfer Center and Hansville Recycling and Garbage Facility. Click here for more details.

Event Cancellations – The Raab Park Easter Egg Hunt, Sons of Norway Easter Egg Hunt, Viking Fest, and Viking Fest Road Race have been cancelled. The Viking Tour has been postponed to August 2020.

Kitsap County launches its first drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 – The initial priority is testing for health care workers and first responders who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Read the press release for complete details.

Report Price Gouging – Attorney General Bob Ferguson launched an awareness campaign encouraging Washingtonians to report price gouging in three easy steps: “See It, Snap It, Send It.” Ferguson is encouraging anyone who sees price gouging to snap a photo or take a screenshot, and then include the image with the complaint they file at the Attorney General’s website.

Extended Governor’s Orders – Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order until May 4. He is requesting all Washington residents stay home to reduce physical interaction to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. To learn what is considered an essential service, read the statewide order here. The governor’s office has provided guidance for businesses that want to request inclusion and individuals who want to report suspected violations of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

Public schools will stay closed for rest of academic year  – Today Governor Jay Inslee and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced that Washington schools will stay closed through the end of the academic year. Distance learning will continue, and schools are expected to resume on a normal schedule this fall. Read the press release.

Cloth face coverings recommended – Staying apart from other people and practicing good hygiene are the most important things we can do to protect our health and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Washington State Department of Health and the CDC now recommend people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public places where they cannot stay 6 feet away from others

Homebound and looking for help? Wanting to help deliver groceries? The City of Poulsbo’s volunteer coordination HELP line is now in service.  360-517-5037. This number is a way for homebound people in Poulsbo to request non-emergency, non-medical help from individuals and organizations (deliveries, meals, errands). Please spread the word about this number, particularly to anyone in Poulsbo who you think may be vulnerable and isolated. Interested in volunteering? We’d welcome your help! Please use this number to let us know how you might assist.

What’s for Dinner? Visit this comprehensive list of local restaurants and who offers take out and who delivers.

NKSD – Starting Wednesday, March 18, North Kitsap School District will provide grab and go meals for all NKSD students Monday through Friday from 11am – 12:30pm for the duration of the school closures. Fore more information, click here.

Business Updates

  • Walmart – Effective April 4, 2020, changes to shopping process at Walmart stores.
  • Costco – COVID-19 Response
    • Costco Warehouses: Beginning Monday, March 30, U.S. Costco locations will temporarily implement new weekday closing hours.
    • Special Operating Hours for Members 60 and over – On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Costco warehouses will open from 8 to 9 a.m. for members ages 60 and older, and for those with physical impairments. During this early hour, the pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will not.
    • Effective Friday, April 3, Costco will allow no more than two people to enter the warehouse with each membership card. This temporary change is for your safety and the safety of our employees and other members, and to further assist with our social distancing efforts.
  • Central Market – Store hours are to 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They are also hiring temporary workers. Click here for more info. They will be reserving 7-9am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for senior and at-risk customers.
  • Safeway – special “Golden Hours” are set to allow seniors and people who have serious chronic medical conditions to do their shopping. The store has reserved 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During this time, people are asked to avoid shopping at the store so that seniors, those who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems can shop.
  • “Kroger limiting the number of shoppers in stores to encourage social distancing” – King5News 04/07/2020
Closures and Cancellations

City Hall Closures

  • Poulsbo City Hall Closing Public Counters to the Public Effective March 23, 2020, Revised Press Release March 23, 2020
  • Memo from the Poulsbo Building Department regarding building permits during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.
    • Poulsbo Police Department
      • Even though the administration office is closed, police officers continue to patrol our community and respond to emergencies. Emergencies and in-progress crimes should be reported by calling 9-1-1. General business will be conducted by phone.
      • We encourage our community members to use our online services:
        Please use online reporting for incidents that are not emergencies, or that are no longer in progress. Online reporting can be accessed at http://www.kitsap911.org/online-incident-report/.
        The Poulsbo Police Department is monitoring the situation closely. Public safety is our number one priority. We want to thank our community for their understanding and cooperation as we all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    • Utility Payments – Temporary Billing Change
    • Planning & Economic Development Department remains operational.The department remains operational and stand ready to work with you to accomplish your land use and development goals.  While they are working from home per Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home and Stay Healthy” order, the PED team is available to connect with you via email, phone or virtual meetings.  Please see our contact information at  https://cityofpoulsbo.com/planning-economic-development/ and reach out with any questions.
    • Effective March 23, 2020, Public Works is temporarily suspending its “Free Dumpster” and “Dumpster Rental Program” until the end of April to help facilitate the workload out at the main Transfer Station.
    • Poulsbo Parks and trails are still open – please maintain social distancing measures. Restrooms are closed.

Waste Facilities – All Kitsap County waste facilities are closed to self-haul customers. Olympic View Transfer Station remains open to account holders only. Get the details here.

Social Security Offices Closed as of March 17

Postponed & Cancelled Events

  • April 11 – Raab Park Easter Egg Hunt and Sons of Norway Egg Hunt – cancelled
  • Viking Fest May 15-17 – cancelled. Click here for more details.
  • Viking Fest Road Race – cancelled
  • Viking Tour will reschedule for August 2020.
Community Resources

Resources

  • FishlineMarket and Client Service Changes Effective March 16, 2020
  • Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo is opening its doors, on Monday, to the homeless and hungry in the North Kitsap area. Day shelter and community kitchen will be open 7 days a week from 11am to 3pm. Call the City’s volunteer HELP line for more information 360-517-5037. Meals served at 11:30 a.m. daily.
  • Puget Sound Energy
    • PSE will not be disconnecting customers during this time.
    • PSE received approval from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for a waiver that allows PSE to waive late fees.
  • Central Market – Alerts
    • Store hours have temporarily changed to 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • They are also hiring temporary workers. Click here for more info.
    • Starting March 23, they will be reserving 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for senior and at-risk customers.
    • Staff will bag all groceries in unused plastic bags only. No reusable bags.
  • Costco
    • Beginning Monday, March 30, U.S. Costco locations will temporarily implement new weekday closing hours.
    • Special Operating Hours for Members 60 and over – On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, Costco warehouses will open from 8 to 9 a.m. for members ages 60 and older, and for those with physical impairments. During this early hour, the pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will not.
    • Effective Friday, April 3, Costco will allow no more than two people to enter the warehouse with each membership card. This temporary change is for your safety and the safety of our employees and other members, and to further assist with our social distancing efforts.
  • Safeway
    • Safeway has set special hours to allow seniors and people who have serious chronic medical conditions to do their shopping. The store has reserved 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During this time, people are asked to avoid shopping at the store so that seniors, those who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems can shop.
  • Walmart – Effective April 4, 2020, changes to shopping process at Walmart stores.
  • “Kroger limiting the number of shoppers in stores to encourage social distancing” – King5News 04/07/2020
  • Report price gouging – report price gouging in three easy steps: “See It, Snap It, Send It.” If you see price gouging, snap a photo or take a screenshot, and then include the image with the complaint at the Attorney General’s website.

Community Updates

North Kitsap School District

Kitsap Regional Library

  • The Poulsbo Library was already closed for a refresh project, but all other libraries are closed until April 20. Click here for more details.

Washington State Ferries

  • Washington State Ferries is temporarily reducing service on the Seattle/Bainbridge route beginning on Sunday, March 29 due to significant declines in ridership. The reductions are tentatively scheduled to last through April 25.The following. Get more information about WSF service adjustments here.
  • All galleys on Washington State Ferries vessels will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17.
  • Washington State Ferries will extend its current winter sailing schedule through the end of April due to declines in ridership from COVID-19. The spring sailing schedule will now tentatively begin on April 26 rather than March 29. Customers should continue following the winter schedule. Read more here.

Kitsap Transit has stopped collecting fares on all of its services. Starting on Wednesday, April 1, Kitsap Transit is reducing Routed bus services temporarily by more than 30 percent. Click here to learn more details.

Health Information

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.

Kitsap Public Health Update As of April 8, 2020, Kitsap Public Health reports 120 positive COVID-19 cases and one death in Kitsap County. There have been 1840 negative test results. Click here for the latest COVID-19 test results and health information from Kitsap Public Health.

Kitsap County launches its first drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 – The initial priority is testing for health care workers and first responders who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Read the press release for complete details.

Local Health Officer Directives for Employers, Employees, and the Public: Dr. Susan Turner, Kitsap County Health Officer, released this letter to the public on March 25, 2020, regarding COVID-19 in Kitsap County.

Health Information

The Washington State Insurance Commissioner has instructed health plans to allow for one-time early refill for most prescriptions. You should check with your health plan if you have questions about whether or not your prescription is included. Information here.

Business & Unemployment Resources

Business Resources

  • Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program – A limited number of grants (up to $10,000) are available to small businesses with up to 10 employees.To apply please visit: http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/links/crisis/covid-19-resources/. For more information, check out the Small Business Administration website. Governor Inslee also recommended checking out the Office of Civil Legal Aid for help with foreclosures and evictions.
  • Kitsap Economic Development Alliance – Questions about your business? Click 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.
  • Is your business essential? Do you need to know if your business is essential or non-essential? Please send use this web form for guidance.

Unemployment Resources

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 ESD’s COVID-19 action alerts.

You can also help your application process by doing these four things:

  1. Start with the website first before calling. The website is being updating the information regularly on their website and making it much easier to understand.
  2. Apply online if you can and read the information on the website before you apply. It will help applicants from getting stuck.
  3. Sign up for ESD’s COVID-19 action alerts for the most up-to-date information and changes.
  4. Apply for a job with ESD! Here’s a flyer 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!

Key resources

  • COVID-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  esdconstituentservices@esd.wa.gov if you have a question not yet listed.
  • Checklist for Applying for Unemployment Insurance – To help smooth your application process, please use the UI Checklist 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 here.

Recent changes to Unemployment Insurance – Reflecting ESD’s goal to make UI available for as many people as possible, the department, in consultation with the Governor, has made the following changes to their traditional program:

  • Allowed more workers to access standby status for longer periods – standby allows an employer to temporarily lay off some or all of their workforce. They’ve expanded it to include part-time or less than full-time workers and extended it from 4 to 12 weeks.
  • Made job search requirements optional – while many employers are hiring, they recognize this situation makes it difficult for some to conduct a thorough job search.
  • Lowered the tax impact to businesses who utilize their programs.
  • Waived the traditional waiting week – getting more money into people’s pockets faster. 
  • Relaxed penalties and fees for employers and workers who miss key deadlines due to the COVID crisis. 

Phone and claims center volumes – As you can imagine, this many workers accessing the Unemployment Insurance system is creating congestion in the claims centers. Much of the process is automated through their computer system. This allows many people to access benefits without ever having to speak with staff. However, there are a number of issues that may arise which require a claimant to call the claims center and speak with an agent. The best thing people can do is read through their checklists and materials, found at esd.wa.gov/unemployment, and be as prepared as possible before applying online. Mistakes in an application are a major driver for requiring individuals to call in.

Federal Stimulus

ESD is evaluating the federal legislation, and it appears to be a positive and important step toward meeting this agency’s priorities and – most importantly – the needs of Washingtonians. It will take about 3 weeks to get the Unemployment Assistance portion of the legislation up and running to serve the enormous number of people who will need it. One thing that people can do to stay up-to-date is sign up for ESD’s COVID-19 action alerts. They will use this channel, as well as their social media channels @ESDWAWorks, to provide regular updates as this situation quickly evolves.

ESD is working on a full analysis of the benefits that both Federal Legislative packages affords to businesses and workers. What is clear from the most recent Federal Legislative package is that it will allow for coverage of more people and give them more money for longer periods of time. Some highlights related to Unemployment Assistance:

  • It would extend unemployment assistance to those who are not currently eligible for Unemployment Insurance and are impacted by COVID-19 (ie. self-employed and those who’ve worked fewer than 680 hours in the past 12 months)
  • It will increase the weekly benefit amount for everyone on unemployment assistance by $600/week through end of July
  • It extends benefits for an additional 13 weeks

And then, separately, the U.S. Treasury will be providing $1200/person for those who make $75K or less or $2400/married couple who file jointly for wages of $150k or less – plus $500/child under 17. ESD knows there are many questions and they expect to be able to answer people’s questions soon about expanded eligibility and benefits. 

City Response

City Response

The City activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on March 16 to manage and prioritize resource requests across the community, and to coordinate additional communication and outreach. The City is focused on three main goals: Continuance of City services, support public health guidance, and support the community.

Other City Response

Governor's Orders

Governor Orders

  • Extended Governor’s Orders – Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order until May 4. He is requesting all Washington residents stay home to reduce physical interaction to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. To learn what is considered an essential service, read the statewide order here. The governor’s office has provided guidance for businesses that want to request inclusion and individuals who want to report suspected violations of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
  • ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order’ – On the evening of Monday, March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order requesting all Washington residents to stay at home to reduce physical interactions as much as possible to stop the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective immediately and any non-essential businesses still operating must close in 48 hours. The order will remain in place for at least two weeks. Read the statewide order here.
  • On Wednesday, March 18, the Governor announced relief for businesses, workers, renters, and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more here.
  • On Monday, March 16, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a statewide emergency proclamation to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities to expand protections against COVID-19. Read here.
  • Gov. Jay Inslee signed several executive orders to expand statewide closures of schools, limit large gatherings and expand protocols for adult family homes. Read here.
  • For state resources related to COVID-19, visit the governor’s coronavirus page.
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