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Volunteers Needed for Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee 10/18/2021
The Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee (DDAC) is looking for new volunteer members. Currently, there are two vacancies available that have a 3-year term length. Regular board meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month.
Progress Implementing Hazard Mitigation Activities in Kittitas County 10/12/2021
In 2019, Kittitas County adopted the Kittitas County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which addresses natural hazards such as floods, wildfire, avalanches, drought, earthquakes, and landslides. The 2021 Progress Report for plan implementation is available at Kittitas County’s Hazard Mitigation Website (
Kittitas County Board of Health has Vacancy for a Community Representative 10/12/2021
The Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) is seeking a community representative to fill a vacancy on the board. BOH is the local board of health, which has the authority to develop local rules and regulations. Board meetings are held every third Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM. Applications are available at the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) or at the Kittitas County Commissioners’ Office and must be submitted by October 30, 2021. The application is also available online at
Kittitas Deputies Honored at State Capitol 10/11/2021
Kittitas County Deputies received the state's highest honor on Friday.
Statement from the Behavioral Health and Recovery Advisory Board 10/06/2021
There is an underlying suffering happening in our community right now. In the last three months our community has lost six people due to overdose deaths. These deaths have meant that six families in our community have lost a son or a daughter. Six families have lost a family member who will no longer come home, who will no longer be able to seek the help they desperately needed. Six families, just in our community alone, lost a son or daughter and they are suffering these losses. For this writing we won’t talk about the national number of overdose deaths and their toll on communities across the nation. For this writing we will talk about those areas we know the most, our home in Kittitas County.
Treasurer's office offers tax payment collection in Upper County
Kittitas County District Courts Jury Trial Suspension - October 2021 09/30/2021
Upper District, Lower District, Cle Elum Municipal and Roslyn Municipal Courts are continuing the suspension of Jury Trials through October 31, 2021.
More Spanish Speaking Individuals Needed to Complete COVID-19 Vaccine Community Survey 09/30/2021
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is actively recruiting more Spanish speaking individuals to complete the Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Community Survey. Our goal is to have approximately 10% of the results represent Spanish speaking individuals by the closing date of the survey on October 8, 2021.
Second Horse Confirmed with West Nile Virus in Kittitas County 09/28/2021
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reports that West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Kittitas County. This is the second horse in Kittitas County with confirmed West Nile Virus. The horse was unvaccinated and has recovered clinically. Kittitas County residents should take steps to prevent WNV infection.
Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shot Available for Specific At-Risk Populations 09/27/2021
Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots are now available for specific at-risk populations. According to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and based upon the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Western States workgroup, the following is recommended:
Watch for Upcoming News on the COVID-19 Booster Shot 09/24/2021
Kittitas County medical providers are receiving questions about when a patient can receive a COVID-19 booster. Please watch for future press releases or social media information regarding booster doses since those are not yet available.
Kittitas County Critical Areas Ordinance Update - SEPA Determination 09/23/2021
Kittitas County proposes a substantial update to its Critical Areas Ordinance (KCC Title 17A). After a review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with the lead agency, the County has determined that the proposed Critical Areas Ordinance update will not have any significant adverse environmental impacts and has issued a Determination of Non-Significance.
Kittitas County Critical Areas Ordinance Update 09/23/2021
Kittitas County proposes a substantial update to its Critical Areas Ordinance (KCC Title 17A).
2021 Kittitas County Annual Docket 09/16/2021
Community Development Services Releases Annual Docket Amendments to Kittitas County Code
Kittitas School District Outbreak 09/14/2021
On Friday September 10th, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) alerted the Kittitas School District (KSD) of an outbreak of COVID-19 among KSD faculty, staff, and students. As of September 10th, there were 18 cases of COVID-19 within the district. Recommendations and corrective actions were sent to KSD.
Jury Trial Suspension for all Kittitas County Courts – Kittitas County Superior Court, Lower Kittitas County District Court, Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court, Roslyn Municipal Court
KCSO Corporal James Woody Retires 08/31/2021
Today, August 31, Kittitas County Sheriff’s Corporal James Woody is retiring after twenty-one years of full-time service to our community.
Ivermectin Should Not Be Used to Prevent or Treat COVID-19 08/27/2021
Ivermectin should not be used to prevent or treat COVID-19. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the medication Ivermectin is approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. Ivermectin is not an anti-viral drug (drug used to treating viruses).
Kittitas County COVID-19 Community Impact Dashboard Data Updated 08/25/2021
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be updating the Community Impact Dashboard today as soon as possible. Moving forward, KCPHD will continue to update the dashboard on a weekly basis. The dashboard update will be moved from Monday to Tuesday of every week after today’s update.
Food Establishments Without Water Need to Close Immediately 08/18/2021
Food service establishments without access to water due to the water main break at University and Water Street in Ellensburg cannot prepare or serve food until water service is restored. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is working closely with the City of Ellensburg at this time regarding a broken water main within the city limits. KCPHD will also work with food establishments to ensure that they are not open to the public at this time.