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Get Vaccinated to Prevent COVID-19 04/15/2021
Everyone 16 and over can access the COVID-19 vaccine beginning this week. Vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. You should not be charged or billed for a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, individuals in Washington State can access vaccines via Pfizer or Moderna.
Kittitas County is Following Recommendation: Pauses J&J Vaccine 04/13/2021
Kittitas County is aware of and following the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) recommendation to pause the use of J & J vaccine. The recommendation is a result of six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. Kittitas County will not be using the J&J vaccine during the pause and will reach out to all medical providers in Kittitas County to ensure the same. Any vaccination appointments that were scheduled for J&J will be switched to Moderna or Pfizer until further notice.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Update (17 of 17) 04/12/2021
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to focus its efforts on COVID-19 vaccinations. As of this week, everyone who wants the COVID-19 vaccine (age 16 and over) can sign up for an appointment. Currently, the IMT clinic appointments are full; However, additional vaccine locations can be found using the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Vaccine Locator at https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/.
Kittitas County Incident Management Team Hosts Community Meeting 04/12/2021
On April 15, 2021, the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) will host a community meeting, virtually, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. The community meeting is intended to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns as our county moves towards reconstruction from the COVID-19 pandemic. “After more than a year of the pandemic, it is time for Kittitas County’s reconstruction from COVID-19. Kittitas County has been a leading county in many ways during this pandemic,” states Incident Commander Darren Higashiyama. “I would expect Kittitas County to continue to standout during reconstruction.”
FEMA Updates Kittitas County Flood Maps 04/12/2021
On March 24th, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notified Kittitas County that they had made a final flood hazard determination regarding new regulatory flood maps for Kittitas County. With this notification, Kittitas County now has certainty that proposed changes to Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) will take effect on September 24th, 2021.
2021 Kittitas County Recreation and Tourism Plan 04/06/2021
The Public Works department is requesting public comment of the 2021 Recreation and Tourism Plan.
Burglaries in Progress Lead to Arrest 04/05/2021
CITIZENS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT STOP BURGLARIES IN PROGRESS
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 04/05/2021
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the seventh annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion award. The award is intended to honor and recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the health of Kittitas County. This award is made possible by a generous donation from former Kittitas County Health Officer Jim Gale.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Update (16 of 16) 04/05/2021
This is the final week that Kittitas County will be distributing vaccine under the Washington State COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Guidance, since on the 15th of April anyone age 16 and older can access a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Anyone 16+ on April 15, 2021 04/01/2021
Effective April 15, 2021 anyone age 16 and over can receive the COVID-19 vaccination per Governor Inslee’s announcement on March 31. Kittitas County will continue to use an appointment system and will continue to run county clinics. We ask the public to wait until the Incident Management Team announces appointments to the general population before signing up via SignUpGenius.
Kittitas County to Hold Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic 03/31/2021
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) will hold its first Johnson and Johnson (J & J) COVID-19 vaccine clinic on April 10th. Please watch for available appointments on SignUpGenius when they become available (https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/health/default.aspx.)
Sheriff Presents Citizens Public Service Awards 03/30/2021
Private citizens who assisted the Sheriff's Office in Marine Rescues were recognized in award ceremonies this month.
COVID-19 Testing Options Increase 03/30/2021
A year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, testing options have increased. Individuals have access to rapid tests or PCR testing for COVID-19. In addition, there are now personal testing kits available. The following is information about the testing options available in Kittitas County:
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Update (15 of 15) 03/29/2021
Starting this week (March 31st) an individual receiving vaccine will no longer need Phase Finder to show eligibility at the COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Individuals will be expected to self-attest eligibility. If you are eligible in the newly released guidelines (Phase 1B, Tiers 3 & 4) make an appointment now at https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/health/. Or, if appointments are not currently available, please sign up for the wait list.
The Final Prioritized Vaccine Tiers Open Next Week – Make Vaccine Appointments Now 03/24/2021
The next tiers (Tier 3 and 4 of Phase 1B) open next week, which means people in that eligibility category can schedule themselves now for next week’s appointment times. As of March 31, Washington State opens guidelines for Phase 1B, tier 3 and tier 4 to access COVID-19 vaccine.

1B, Tier 3 & 4 include:
• People with two or more comorbidities or underlying conditions.
• People ages 60 years and older.
• Congregate settings that include restaurants, food service workers, manufacturing, and construction.
• People living in congregate settings, people experiencing homelessness that live in or access services in congregate settings.
Lower District Court Phase 3 Plan 03/22/2021
Lower Kittitas District Court has modified their COVID pandemic operating procedures in response to Statewide Phase 3 Plan.
Kittitas County Seeks Applicants for Planning Commission Vacancies 03/22/2021
Kittitas County is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Kittitas County Planning Commission. Applicants must live within Commissioner District 1, which includes the eastern portion of Kittitas County (see attached map). The Kittitas County Board of Commissioners will appoint the selected candidates, who will serve a four-year term on the Planning Commission.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Update (14 of 14) 03/22/2021
Kittitas County has over 400 COVID-19 vaccine appointments available this week. Sign up now via https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/response/202003-covid19/default.aspx. Eligibility is self-reported via Phase Finder on www.doh.wa.gov.
If you are in the following Phase or Tier, you can access vaccine now:

• Phase 1A – high risk workers in health care settings, high risk first responders
• Phase 1B, Tier 1 – anyone age 65+, anyone age 50+ living in a multigenerational household, preK through 12th grade educators and staff, childcare workers
• Phase 1B, Tier 2 – high risk workers in certain congregate settings, pregnant women 16+, and people 16+ who have a disability.
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Includes People with a Disability 03/17/2021
People with a disability that puts them at higher risk for COVID-19 can now be vaccinated. This includes:
• People who have limited mobility or who cannot avoid coming into close contact with others who may be infected, such as direct support providers and family members
• People who have trouble understanding information or practicing preventive measures, such as hand washing and social distancing
• People who may not be able to communicate symptoms of illness
Over 300 Vaccine Appointments Available and More 03/16/2021
Kittitas County has over 300 appointments open for the COVID-19 vaccine clinic tomorrow. Once Wednesday is full for appointments, Thursday and Friday availability will be open as well. That means we have well over 300 appointment slots available. Sign up now if you are eligible.