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COVID-19 Testing Parameters in Kittitas County Explained 03/30/2020
In Kittitas County, testing eligibility for COVID-19 is based on the parameters currently set by Dr. Mark Larson, Health Officer for the Kittitas County Public Health Department. To date, testing is being done for people who are symptomatic and at risk (over 60 years old, pregnant, or underlying health condition), healthcare workers who have been potentially exposed, and for individuals who may be linked to a cluster of people who have COVID-19.
Construction is not Considered Essential during the Stay-At-Home Health Order 03/26/2020
Most construction is not considered essential and personnel in the construction field should stay at home. On March 25, Governor Inslee provided Construction Guidance to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25), which states, “In general, commercial and residential construction in not authorized under the Proclamation because construction is not considered to be an essential activity.”
Kittitas County COVID-19 Count Remains at Six 03/25/2020
Kittitas County has six cases of COVID-19 as of March 25th, 2020. The information on the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) website had an error listed in the case count, which has since been updated. Kittitas County does not have 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time. The Washington State Department of Health immediately corrected their error as soon as we notified them.
Vacation Rentals and Homes in Violation of Stay-at-Home Health Order 03/25/2020
Under the stay-at-home health order from March 24 to April 3rd, property owners of vacation rentals and homes are to stop providing services that invite people into Kittitas County. Vacation properties are non-essential services and booking a vacation rental at this time is in direct violation of the March 23rd stay-at-home order from the Health Officer, as well as Governor Inslee’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy proclamation that goes into effect on March 25 at midnight.
Kittitas County Health Order Effective Today 03/24/2020
The Kittitas County Health Order requiring residents of Kittitas County to stay at home is effective beginning today and remains in place until April 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm. The health order requires every person living in Kittitas County to stay home in response to the spread of COVID-19. The local health order aligns with the statewide requirements put into place by Governor Inslee as well.
County Clerk, Superior Court, Lower District Court 03/24/2020
Courts Closed to Public Access Until Further Notice
Kittitas County has Additional Positive COVID-19 Patient 03/23/2020
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) was notified of a fifth patient who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is a 59 year old male. The patient is stable, but the individual’s household members are also sick at this time.
Kittitas County Press Conference to Address COVID-19 Health Order 03/23/2020
Kittitas County will host a press conference today March 23, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. outside of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Public Safety Building located at 307 W Umptanum Road in Ellensburg, Washington. The press conference will address the Health Order and supporting Resolution that is slated to go before the Kittitas County Board of Health at 3:00 p.m. today.
Kittitas County Fair Livestock Events 03/20/2020
Dear 4-H and FFA Members, Families and Volunteers:

As we learn more about COVID-19 and the implications of its spread throughout our community, state and nation, we are obligated to follow the recommendations of our public health officials. As with others, the Fair Board’s primary focus and responsibility is the health and safety of our children and community.
Health Order Requires Central Washington University to Implement Measures to Curtail the Spread of COVID-19 03/20/2020
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has implemented a health order requiring Central Washington university implement measures to curtain the spread of COVID-19. On March 19, 2020 KCPHD signed the health order, which requires the following:
CANCELLED - Notice of Public Hearing 03/19/2020
Marian Meadows Development Agreement (DV-19-00001)
Kittitas County now has Four Positive COVID-19 Patients 03/18/2020
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) was notified of a fourth positive test result for COVID-19 in our county. The fourth patient is female and was in close contact with the third patient. At this time, all of the individuals who have tested positive are in stable health.
In Person Services Temporarily Closed at the Kittitas County Public Health Department 03/18/2020
In an effort to respond to concerns regarding COVID-19, the Kittitas County Public Health Department building will be closed to the public. Anyone who needs services from our front desk staff can call staff at 509-962-7515 and staff will make an appointment to provide the service safely. The service level remains the same at this time.
The Best Thing You Can Do right now is Self-Quarantine 03/18/2020
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is fielding many questions about whether someone should quarantine right now. Our overall answer to the community would be that if you are able to self-quarantine today – to do so. KCPHD understands that staying home from work is not a possibility for everyone, and KCPHD staff is taking all necessary precautions while they remain at work.
Kittitas County Community Development Services Closed to the Public 03/18/2020
On March 17, 2020, the Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution No. 2020-060, which prohibited the public from entering county buildings – including Community Development Services (CDS) – from March 18, 2020 until April 8, 2020 to protect the public and county employees from the transmission of COVID-19. While this will change how CDS will operate, we will continue to maintain our Building, Planning, and Fire Marshall services by accepting applications as follows:

COVID-19 Community Spread is Occurring in Kittitas County 03/18/2020
Kittitas County is experiencing community spread. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Everyone in Kittitas County should proceed as though everyone has COVID-19.
Lower Kittitas District Court Modified Closure 03/18/2020
Lower Kittitas District Court issues modified closure
Kittitas Valley Event Center Closure 03/16/2020
Gov. Jay Inslee released statement last night as follows:

“Given the explosion of COVID-19 in our state and globally, I will sign a statewide emergency proclamation tomorrow to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities.  

“Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted. 

“The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy.

“Additionally, all gatherings with over 50 participants are prohibited and all gatherings under 50 participants are prohibited unless previously announced criteria for public health and social distancing are met. 

“These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the disease. I know there will be significant economic impacts to all our communities and we are looking at steps to help address those challenges."
UPPER KITTITAS CO DISTRICT COURT-Emergency Administrative Order 03/17/2020
On March 16, 2020 an Emergency Administrative Order for the Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court & Roslyn Municipal Court was issued by presiding Judge Darrel R. Ellis.
Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order 03/17/2020
Due to public health concerns the Kittitas County Superior Court is temporarily closed to the general public. Although the general public is discouraged from visiting the Court, the Court does remain open to deal with issues involving domestic violence, threats to physical security, threats to loss of housing, or other emergencies. Attorneys or individuals with pending cases should review the attached appendix for further detail.

As the situation changes, the Court remains open to modifications to comply with this rapidly changing environment. Please review the Superior Court website for the most recent information.