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Public Hearing Cancelled 01/13/2021
The January 19, 2021 public hearing originally scheduled to consider amendments to KCC Chapter 14.04, Title 20, and Title 18 has been cancelled.
Shoreline Master Program Amendments Public Comment Period and Public Hearing 01/12/2021
Kittitas County and Dept. of Ecology seek public comment regarding the Kittitas County Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review.
Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court & Roslyn Municipal Court Jury Trial suspension extended through 3/31/2021 01/12/2021
Judge Darrel R. Ellis has extended the suspension of Jury Trials in the Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court and Roslyn Municipal Court through March 31, 2021.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (5 of 5) 01/11/2021
As more COVID-19 vaccine supply enters Kittitas County, residents will see vaccine distribution occurring at different locations. To date, Washington State has released the 1a and 1b guidelines. The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has requested more COVID-19 vaccine and is waiting for more supplies to arrive.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (Frequently Asked Questions) 01/08/2021
Kittitas County is seeing a theme of questions, locally, regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. We will continue to provide as much information as possible as the COVID-19 vaccine process continues. Below is a list of frequently asked questions:
Washington State Releases 1b Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine 01/07/2021
Washington State released Phase 1b COVID-19 guidelines today. Phase B1 includes all people 70 years or older and all people 50 years or older in multigenerational households. When Kittitas County receives the next shipment of COVID-19 vaccine, we will be ready to vaccinate individuals in the B1 category. At this time, Kittitas County is waiting for additional vaccine supply and does not have a date for when that will be arriving. We will notify the public, immediately, when additional supply is received. We are not vaccinating B1 until vaccine arrives and we do not have a waiting list for those interested in receiving the vaccine.
Washington State Releases 1b Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine 01/06/2021
Washington State released Phase 1b COVID-19 guidelines today. Phase B1 includes all people 70 years or older and all people 50 years or older in multigenerational households. When Kittitas County receives the next shipment of COVID-19 vaccine, we will be ready to vaccinate individuals in the B1 category. At this time, Kittitas County is waiting for additional vaccine supply and does not have a date for when that will be arriving. We will notify the public, immediately, when additional supply is received. We are not vaccinating B1 until vaccine arrives and we do not have a waiting list for those interested in receiving the vaccine.
Contact Investigation and Contact Tracing Continues to Focus Efforts 01/05/2021
The Kittitas County Contact Investigation and Contact Tracing (CICT) team continues to manager over 200 active cases of COVID-19 in our county and is prioritizing job duties to address those most at-risk. As such, the CICT team is no longer able to provide courtesy letters to individuals requesting verification for their employers.
Kittitas County Commissioners Object to Governor Inslee’s Latest Reopening Plan 01/05/2021
Kittitas County Commissioners voiced their strong objection to Governor Inslee’s new phased reopening plan announced yesterday. The plan, titled “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery”, changes evaluation standards for reopening from individual counties to regions. Per the plan, Kittitas County is now part of the South Central Region joining Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, and Columbia counties and would require the entire area meet reopening criteria as a whole before moving to the next phase.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (4 of 4) 01/04/2021
Kittitas County will continue to update the public on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process every Monday and more. We are receiving phone calls and inquiries from many people who are eager to access the vaccine. If you are a healthcare worker, first responder, employee of a Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF), or a resident of an LTCF you can get the vaccine now. Phase 1a is available. Phase 1b guidance has not been provided by the state.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (3 of 3) 12/28/2020
Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) continues to provide vaccinations to personnel in the 1a category, which includes healthcare workers, responders, and Long-Term Care Facilities. As of this morning, 546 Pfizer vaccines were administered.
Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court & Roslyn Municipal Court Jury Trials suspended through 2/15/2021 12/23/2020
Judge Darrel R Ellis has suspended Jury Trials in Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court & Roslyn Municipal Court through February 15, 2021.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (2 of 2) 12/23/2020
Kittitas County has received additional vaccine. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived today. Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) continues to provide vaccinations to personnel in the 1a category, which includes healthcare workers, responders, and Long-Term Care Facilities. As of December 22, 440 Pfizer vaccines were administered. However, the state has not yet approved the 1b category at this time.
Shoreline Master Program Determination of Non-Significance 12/22/2020
Kittitas County hereby gives notice of updated Shoreline Master Program, Development Regulation Revisions, and SEPA Determination of Non-Significance.
2020 Kittitas County Annual Docket Amendments - Notice of Decision 12/22/2020
Kittitas County has issued a Notice of Decision for the 2020 Annual Docket.
Long Term Care Facilities Continue to Feel Devastation from COVID-19 12/21/2020
As of December 21, four Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF) are experiencing COVID-19 activity within their facilities including Hearthstone, Meadows Place, Malibu House, and Pacifica. As a result, Malibu House has two residents who have died of COVID-19.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (1 of 1) 12/21/2020
Kittitas County is currently vaccinating the first group of people in Kittitas County with COVID-19 vaccine. The first group, or 1a, includes personnel in healthcare, first responders, and Long Term Care Facilities staff and residents. Kittitas County is only vaccinating those people who fall in the 1a category. We are waiting for the state to provide guidelines for the 1b category.
Limited Services Available at the Kittitas County Public Health Department 12/18/2020
As of December 21, and moving forward, there will be limited services available at the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) while KCPHD staff is assisting with COVID-19 vaccine administration. All front desk, clinic staff, and some environmental health staff will be participating in vaccine distribution for the next two weeks.
Kittitas County Approves 2021 Public Health Fee Schedule 12/17/2020
On December 17, the Kittitas Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) approved the Kittitas County Public Health Department’s (KCPHD) proposed 2021 Fee Schedule and Policy during a public hearing.
Kittitas County Approves 2021 Public Health Fee Schedule 12/17/2020
On December 17, the Kittitas Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) approved the Kittitas County Public Health Department’s (KCPHD) proposed 2021 Fee Schedule and Policy during a public hearing. The updated fees are effective January 1, 2021.