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COVID-19

Local and State Resource Websites

  • Washington State Coronavirus Response: opens in a new windowhttps://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:  opens in a new windowhttps://kitsappublichealth.org/CommunityHealth/CoronaVirus.php
  • 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.

Kitsap Public Health reports total 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.

Rental & Mortgage Assistance: As of September 21, 2020, Kitsap County has considerable funds available to assist individuals impacted by the COVID outbreak. Poulsbo (and other) residents in need of rental or mortgage assistance should visit Kitsap Community Resources at www.kcr.org or call 360-473-2035. https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2020/09/21/theres-more-than-4-million-housing-assistance-kitsap-local-officials-want-make-sure-gets-spent/5839583002/

JULY 29 UPDATE: On July 28, Gov. Jay Inslee extended a pause on counties advancing through the state’s Safe Start plan for COVID-19 recovery. opens in a new windowKitsap County remains in Phase 2.

Face Mask Order: Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that will take effect Friday, June 26. opens in a new windowClick here to learn more.

How to make a face mask: Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps. opens in a new windowClick here to watch the video.

Facial Covering Guidance – the plain talk facial covering / mask guidance is now online. Here’s a link to the PDF: https://www.lni.wa.gov/forms-publications/F414-168-000.pdf.

Phase 2 – Kitsap County opens in a new windowreceived approval on May 28 to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the governor’s Safe Start plan for COVID-19 recovery. This means some additional businesses and activities can resume, with limitations and safety measures in effect. Find a opens in a new windowfull list here.

Recovery Playbook – Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management has created a opens in a new windowKitsap County Pathway to Recovery Playbook which provides guidance for individuals and employers.

“Safe Start – Stay Health” County-by-County Phased Reopening
Gov. Jay Inslee announced May 29 the transition from “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” to “Safe Start – Stay Health” county-by-county phased reopening. Learn more about the Governor’s announcement and phased approach to lifting restrictions opens in a new windowhere.

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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Event Cancellations – Special events can only be permitted once Kitsap County has reached Phase 4 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan.

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.

Social Security Offices Closed as of March 17

Passport Services – City Hall is not open to process new passports, and passport services in Seattle are available only for LIFE/DEATH cases only. Click opens in a new windowhere to learn more.

Postponed & Cancelled Events – Special events may not occur in the City of Poulsbo until Kitsap County reaches Phase 4 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan.

Community Resources

Resources

  • 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.
  • Hot, to-go lunches are available for anyone experiencing economic hardship at Gateway Fellowship (18901 8th Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The lunches can be picked up at the back of the church.
  • opens in a new windowFishline opens in a new windowMarket and Client Service Changes Effective July 28, 2020
  • Puget Sound Energy
    • PSE will not be disconnecting customers for non-payment during this time.
    • PSE will work with our customers on options such as payment plans and choosing a new bill due date.
  • Central Market – opens in a new windowAlerts
    • Store hours have temporarily changed to 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • 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.
    • Wait lists have also been implemented for busy hours so help facilitate social distancing.
    • Online ordering has been implemented.
  • Costco
    • Special Operating Hours for Members 60 and over – Monday-Friday Costco warehouses will open from 9 to 10 a.m. for members ages 60 and older, and for those with physical impairments (no guests).
    • Effective May 4, face masks are required by all employees and customers.
  • 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. 
  • opens in a new window“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 opens in a new windowAttorney General’s website.

Community Updates

North Kitsap School District  – opens in a new windowSchool District to begin 2020-2021 school year in full distance learning.

Kitsap Regional Library – The Poulsbo Library was already closed for a refresh project, but all other libraries have opens in a new windowcurbside pick up available.

Washington State Ferries – opens in a new windowLearn more about changes on the Washington State Ferries.

Kitsap Transit – Fare collection resumes August 1. opens in a new window Click here to learn more about service reductions and other changes due to COVID-19.

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 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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Health Information

Business & Unemployment Resources

Business Resources

Unemployment Resources

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:

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:

  1. 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.
  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  opens in a new windowESD’s COVID-19 action alerts for the most up-to-date information and changes.
  4. Apply for a job with ESD!  opens in a new windowHere’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 opens in a new windowUI 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 opens in a new windowhere.

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 opens in a new windowesd.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.

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 For Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 press conference coverage, please visit TVW’s website. For a comprehensive list of all proclamations, opens in a new windowclick here.

  • July 28: Gov. Inslee extended a pause on counties advancing through the state’s Safe Start plan for COVID-19 recovery. opens in a new windowKitsap County remains in Phase 2.
  • June 26: Every person in Washington State must wear a facial covering that covers their nose and mouth when in any indoor or outdoor public setting.  Order 20-03  was issued in response to reports of cases increasing throughout the state.
  • June 2: Gov. Inslee announced Proclamation 20-19.2 Evictions and Related Housing Practices
  • May 29: Gov. Jay Inslee announced the “Safe Start – Stay Healthy” county-by-county phased reopening. Learn more about this announcement by clicking opens in a new windowhere.
  • May 29: Gov. Inslee amended and extended Proclamations 20-05, 20-28-28.1, 28.2, and 28.3 – Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act 20-28.4
  • May 1: Gov. Jay Inslee announced May 1 an extension of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 31 and the implementation of a four-phase approach to reopening businesses and modifying physical distancing measures that begins May 5. Learn more about the Governor’s announcement and phased approach to lifting restrictions here.
  • April 27: Gov. Jay Inslee announced today  opens in a new windowan easing of outdoor recreation restrictions starting Tuesday, May 5.
  • April 24: Construction Start Plan – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that certain low-risk construction projects can restart as long as they comply with the COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • April 16: Proclamation 20-19.1 – COVID-19 Moratorium on Evictions Extension remains in effect until June 4.
  • April 6: Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced April 6 the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The order keeps both public and private schools closed in accordance with the governor’s original order on March 13.
  • 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.
  • April 2: Gov. Jay Inslee extended the ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order to May 4. Read the update here.
  • March 31: The governor provided additional guidance on essential services, such as nannies (deemed essential if they are in the home taking care of children of essential workers), automotive repair facilities and limited automotive sales and leasing activities, and renewable energies. The bulletin also includes guidance on several recreational activities not deemed essential, such as recreational fishing and golf. Read the bulletin here.
  • March 30: Gov. Jay Inslee provided enforcement guidance on ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. Read here.
  • March 25: Gov. Jay Inslee announced new measures March 25 to combat COVID-19 and released additional guidance for construction in his ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. Get the details here.
  • 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.
  • March 18: the Governor announced relief for businesses, workers, renters, and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more here.
  • 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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