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Please Be Aware of Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County 12/11/2017
According to the National Weather Service, Kittitas County is under an air stagnation advisory, which may result in changing air quality conditions. The air stagnation advisory is expected to continue through Thursday, December 14. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
Progress Update for the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment (CHA) 11/21/2017
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) process is underway! The CHA is an assessment of the county’s health, which occurs every five years, with the most recent CHA process starting in June of this year. The Community Health Assessment is a collaborative process with over twenty partners from various agencies participating. The process is collaborative as well as comprehensive, with four assessments falling under the CHA process: Community Themes and Strengths Assessment, Local Public Health System Assessment, Community Health Status Assessment, and Forces of Change Assessment. For each assessment area, committees have been formed and are working to compile information about what affects the health of Kittitas County.
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Health Order Code 10/30/2017
On October 19, 2017, the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an amendment to Kittitas County Code, Chapter 13.75 Health Order. The amended code was effective immediately.
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Public Health Fee Schedule 10/20/2017
On September 21, 2017 the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an updated Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) Fee Schedule and policy for 2017. The changes went into effect immediately.
Washington State Department of Agriculture Suspends License for Pride and Joy Dairy 10/09/2017
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has suspended the license for Pride and Joy Dairy. As a result, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to remind retailers to remove all Pride & Joy Dairy organic retail raw milk from sale. Additionally, KCPHD wants consumers to be aware that all Pride & Joy Dairy organize retail raw milk should not be purchased or consumed.
Kittitas County Observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month 10/09/2017
Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities Program announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Inclusion Drives Innovation."
It’s That Time of Year Again – Time to Drive Thru for Your Flu Vaccine! 10/05/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be holding the annual drive-thru flu vaccination clinic on October 20, 2017. KCPHD will hold the drive-thru clinic at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds, again this year, on 8th and Alder Street (1010 E 8th) in front of the Western Village. Anyone can get a flu shot between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm. Children 18 and under are free. Free adult vaccine is limited and will be first come, first serve. After the free adult vaccine supply is gone, adults will be charged $30.00 (cash or check).
Kittitas County Approves Revisions to Water Code 09/25/2017
On September 21, 2017 the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved revisions to Kittitas County Code Chapter 13.25 (Cistern Water System Requirements), Chapter 13.35 (Adequate Water Supply Determination for Building Permits), Chapter 13.40 (Mitigation and Metering), as well as the 2017 Kittitas County Public Health Department fee schedule and policy.
West Nile virus confirmed in Kittitas County horse 09/19/2017
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reports that West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Kittitas County. The confirmed case is in a fifteen year old quarter horse gelding. That horse is currently being treated. Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the horse did not travel outside of Washington State and was not vaccinated for West Nile virus.
Watch the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment Process in Action 09/11/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is working in collaboration with the Kittitas County Health Network (KCHN) to create a county wide community health assessment. The Community Health Assessment (CHA) is an assessment of the county’s health, which occurs every five years, in order to make improvements to community health through collaboration with partners.
Public Hearing for Proposed Changes to Kittitas County Water Code 09/12/2017
On Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 10:00 am the Board of Health (BOH) and Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a joint public hearing to consider revisions to Kittitas County Code Title 13 Water & Sewers and the 2017 Kittitas County Public Health Department Fee Schedule and Policy. The public hearing will be held in the commissioners’ auditorium located at 205 W 5th Street in Ellensburg.
Temporary Shelter Continues to Receive Air Monitoring 09/08/2017
The Red Cross shelter located at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum at 719 E 3rd Street is continuing to receive indoor air monitoring. Indoor air monitoring from September 7, shows an “unhealthy for sensitive groups” level, which is healthier than the external air quality.
Indoor air monitoring at Ellensburg & Kittitas schools shows poor air quality 09/07/2017
Upon request of Ellensburg School District and Kittitas School District, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) conducted indoor air monitoring at all Ellensburg and Kittitas school buildings yesterday. Indoor air readings ranged from “unhealthy” (red) to “hazardous” (dark red) leading to the districts’ decision to close schools until at least Monday, September 11th.
National Guard activated for Jolly Mountain Fire (9-6-17) 09/06/2017
At the request of the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center, the National Guard has been activated to assist with road blocks, traffic control and firefighting efforts for the Jolly Mountain Fire. This will free up local resources that have been dedicated to the fire and emergency operation efforts.
Temporary Shelter Available with Monitored Air Quality 09/05/2017
Residents who are having difficulty escaping the poor air quality, especially those who do not have access to air conditioning during the hot weather, may use the Red Cross shelter located at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum at 719 E 3rd Street. Initial monitoring conducted in Putnum Centennial Center on Monday, September 4 showed readings of moderate indoor air quality. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be monitoring the indoor air quality at the shelter as poor air quality conditions continue in Kittitas County as a result of fires in the area.
Please Avoid State Route 903 Road Closure (9-5-17) 09/05/2017
Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing the enforcement of the road closure located on State Route 903 as a result of increased fire personnel and response apparatus in the area.
Poor Air Quality Conditions Continue in Kittitas County 09/04/2017
Cle Elum is currently experiencing “hazardous” air quality conditions and Ellensburg has “unhealthy” conditions (as of the 8:00am readings on Monday). Smoke is from both the Jolly Mountain Fire in Kittitas County and the Norse Peak Fire near Naches. Air quality conditions have been fluctuating depending on fire activity and the weather. Smoky conditions are expected to continue throughout the week.
New fish consumption advice for Hanford Reach, Columbia River 09/01/2017
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health recently added the 150-mile stretch of the Columbia River from McNary Dam to the I-90 bridge near Vantage to its growing list of waterways with fish consumption advisories.

After testing levels of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls – commonly known as PCBs –in six fish species found in that section of the Columbia River, DOH recommends the following meal limits:

DO NOT EAT: Northern pikeminnow
1 meal per month: Carp, mountain whitefish, white sturgeon
2 meals per month: Bridgelip sucker, largemouth bass, walleye
4 meals per month: Smallmouth bass
Healthy choices: Lamprey, salmon, shad and steelhead
Be Aware of Changing Air Quality Conditions 08/30/2017
Kittitas County is currently experiencing air that is fluctuating between “moderate” to “unhealthy” air. As of 11:00 am today, the air quality in Ellensburg and Cle Elum was moderate.
Jolly Mountain Fire is Affecting Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County 08/28/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department wants residents to be aware of changing air conditions as a result of the Jolly Mountain Fire. As of the 3:00 pm reading today, a temporary Cle Elum air monitor is showing “unhealthy for sensitive groups” air quality conditions as a result of wildfire smoke. The air monitor in Ellensburg is showing “moderate” air quality conditions.