This page is designed to provide updates on the City of Bainbridge Island's COVID-19 response efforts. A page dedicated to vaccine distribution efforts on Bainbridge Island can be found at bainbridgewa.gov/COVIDvaccine.
Mask mandate ends March 12, in-person Council meetings resume March 22
Washington’s COVID-19 mask requirements will be lifted March 12 following decreases in hospitalization rates and public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.
Masks will still be required in some settings, including medical facilities, long-term care facilities and public transit.
The City of Bainbridge Island is following the state’s guidelines and will not require masks in City facilities. We understand that some people may continue wearing masks in City facilities for their comfort and they are welcome to do so. In addition, people will not have to sign in while visiting City facilities.
On March 22, the City Council will resume in-person meetings in the Council Chamber. The public will be able to provide comments in person and on Zoom.
The status of future City committee meetings is still being determined.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Chamber for Council meetings!
Test site at Rolling Bay now closed
The City's drive-thru test site at Rolling Bay closed March 1 due to decreased demand for testing and significant reduction in COVID-19 cases in Kitsap County.
If you need a PCR test, there is a full list of sites posted on the Kitsap Public Health District site here: https://kitsappublichealth.org/communityHealth/Covid-19/CoronaVirus_Testing.php
If you need a test specifically for travel or events that information is listed here: https://kitsappublichealth.org/communityHealth/Covid-19/files/COVID-TravelTesting.pdf
What should I do if I think I have COVID and can’t find a test?
Assume you are positive until you can get tested. If you don’t have symptoms, you should isolate from others, including people in your home, for five days. After five days, you can come out of isolation, but must wear a mask for five days whenever you’re around anyone else.
What should I do if I’ve been exposed to someone with COVID and can’t find a test?
- If you are not vaccinated, or it’s been at least six months since you got your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer and you have not received a booster, or if it’s been two months since you got Johnson & Johnson and you have not received a booster:
- Quarantine for five 5 days if you don’t get any symptoms. Then, wear a mask around others for 5 days, and get tested on day 5.
- If you are fully vaccinated and boosted:
- Make sure to wear a mask any time you are around others for 10 days and get tested on day 5.
COVID-19 leaders receive Humanitarian Award for vaccine efforts
The City of Bainbridge Island and its partners (Bainbridge Prepares, Bainbridge Island Community Pharmacy, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Island Volunteer Caregivers, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island and the Senior Community Center) received the Bainbridge Community Foundation’s Humanitarian Award for exceptional leadership in the Bainbridge Island COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
Since Dec. 23, 2020, the COVID-19 partnership has administered more than 30,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine thanks to the coordinated effort. In 2021, more than 600 volunteers have dedicated more than 32,000 hours to the City's ongoing COVID-19 pandemic efforts; this includes the vaccine clinics and testing site. The team has administered vaccines to the most vulnerable populations in Kitsap and Jefferson counties through home visits and a mobile clinic.
Congratulations to all, and thank you to the volunteers who continue to serve our community!
Below is a video the Bainbridge Community Foundation produced to highlight the vaccine distribution efforts.
Read the full Bainbridge Community Foundation announcement.
City Council ends local emergency, terminates hazard pay requirement
The City Council on July 13 approved rescinding the Proclamation of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council took this action based on improving conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including increasing rates of vaccination and decreasing COVID-19 cases.
The Proclamation of Emergency was issued March 9, 2020 just after the Kitsap Public Health District’s confirmation of the county’s first positive COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island. A proclamation allows the City to use all resources necessary to prepare for and respond to an outbreak, to adjust City policies and operations if needed, and to access state or federal funds and other resources related to emergency response.
The City Council on July 13 also repealed the hazard pay ordinance (Ordinance No. 2021-13) approved by the Council earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ordinance No. 2021-13 required hazard pay of $2 per hour for grocery employers with 500 or more but less than 2,000 employees worldwide, and $4 per hour for such employers with 2,000 or more employees.
Based on the termination of the Proclamation of Emergency on Bainbridge Island and improving safety conditions for workers who are eligible for hazard pay, the Council repealed the ordinance and ended the hazard pay requirement.
Effective July 21, 2021, the additional pay is no longer required.
- General Information
- Emergency Proclamation
- Emergency Operations Center
- Donation Requests
- Community Resources
- Health Information
- Stay Informed
On Monday, March 9, 2020, the City issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency in response to the Kitsap Public Health District’s March 8 confirmation of the county’s first positive COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island. The proclamation allows the City to use all resources necessary to prepare for and respond to an outbreak, to adjust City policies and operations if needed, and to access state or federal funds and other resources related to emergency response. Read the proclamation here.
The City’s key Emergency Operations Center (EOC) personnel remains on call 24/7 in case the situation changes, and will continue meetings with our community partners.
The City's EOC manages and prioritizes resource requests across the community, and coordinates additional communication and outreach. During this time of uncertainty, the City is focused on three main goals:
- Support public health guidance
- The City is working to support the public health emphasis on slowing the speed of transmission of COVID-19.
- Support the community
- As the lead emergency response agency, the City will continue to be a resource for community partners and manage the work to address requests for resources and planning.
- Continuance of City services
- The City aims to provide essential municipal services that are fundamental to the community, such as Police services and support for utilities and other public infrastructure.
Thank you to all the community members who donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to support essential workers on Bainbridge Island during the pandemic.
The EOC fulfilled more than 70 requests from Helpline House, BI Community Pharmacy, doctor's offices, grocery stores, convenience stores, and other businesses throughout the island that remain open to provide essential services.
- Follow the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association & Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce websites to learn about any business updates (changes in hours, closures, etc.).
- Bainbridge Prepares
- Learn how to request help or sign up to donate and volunteer.
- Helpline House
- Learn about food assistance and modified.operations.
- Senior Community Center
- Island Volunteer Caregivers
- Nixle: Sign up for free emergency alerts from the City of Bainbridge Island. Text 98110 to 888777 to opt-in or visit the Nixle website.
- News Flash: Sign up for free email alerts when significant information is posted to the City’s website.
- City Manager’s Report: Sign up for a weekly email newsletter with information about COVID-19 updates and City topics (remember to look for a confirmation email, which might go to your junk folder).
- Kitsap County alerts: Sign up to get COVID-19 updates from Kitsap County by email or text.
- King County alerts: Sign up to get COVID-19 alerts from Public Health – Seattle & King County
Previous City of Bainbridge Island Updates:
- August 14: City to resume enforcement of bag ordinance
- June 12: City Council approves resolution to encourage face coverings
- March 23: Governor Inslee orders residents to stay at home as COVID-19 spreads
- March 18: City seeking personal protective equipment donations for health care workers
- March 16: Municipal Court limits operations amid COVID-19 concerns
- March 13: City implements temporary closure of some facilities amid COVID-19 concerns
- March 10: Kitsap Public Health confirms second COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island
- March 9: City issues proclamation of local emergency on COVID-19
- March 8: Kitsap Public Health confirms county’s first positive COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island
- March 6 & 5: Update: City response to coronavirus outbreak
- March 2: City staff monitoring coronavirus outbreak