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Dashboard Data Change 07/07/2020
The Kittitas County Community Impact Dashboard will be changing today. In addition to confirmed cases, recovered, and active cases, the dashboard will now include bubbles on the map portion to indicate number of cases per municipality along with other areas. The change is in response to multiple requests for the information and the assertion from the public that behavior would change if people knew there were cases of COVID-19 in their community.
Reserve Deputies Sworn In 07/03/2020
Sheriff Clay Myers gave oaths of office to graduates of this year's Reserve Academy
County chip-sealing of roads begins 07/02/2020
Kittitas County Public Works Department crews and equipment have begun the annual chip-sealing program on selected roads throughout the county this week.
Kittitas County Supports Difficult Decisions to Keep our County Safe 07/02/2020
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) would like to show our support for the Ellensburg Rodeo Board who were tasked with the difficult decision to cancel the rodeo events for 2020. We know that there were extensive efforts to try to keep the rodeo events feasible and safe for our county this year, and with current state restrictions it is not feasible at this time.
Kittitas County is Seeing Significant Increases in COVID-19 Cases 07/01/2020
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is seeing a significant increase in cases. The increase is not related to a specific outbreak at this time.
Please Pay Attention to Symptoms of Illness and Take Action 06/29/2020
With COVID-19, we are asking that everyone pay attention to signs of sickness and to take action. We say stay home when you are sick, but what does that actually mean, especially during a pandemic?
Lower District Court Phase 3 Plan 06/26/2020
Sheriff's Statement on Face Covering order 06/25/2020
Sheriff Clay Myers addresses the statewide Face Covering order
Kittitas County Assessor’s office Phase 3 reopening plan 06/25/2020
On Monday June 29th, the Kittitas County Assessor’s office will resume in-person services by appointment. The Assessor’s office will continue to encourage patrons to conduct business via email or phone whenever possible to minimize risk to both customers and employees. To schedule an appointment please call 509-962-7501 or email
Kittitas County is Open to Customers with new Online Booking Feature 06/24/2020
Now that Kittitas County has reached Phase 3, Kittitas County governmental offices will open to the public on Monday June 29.  There are new safety measures in place. To ensure the safety of customers and staff, the county is offering an online booking system for customers to schedule appointments. 
Now is the Time to Stabilize in Phase 3 06/23/2020
As of today, Kittitas County is in Phase 3 of Washington State Phased Plan. We also have an increase of 7 active cases, which brings us to 13 active cases (105 confirmed, 92 recovered). We know that Washington State will require us to be in this phase for a minimum of 3 weeks, but it is likely that Phase 3 will last much longer than Phase 2. There is no application or metrics available for Phase 4 at this time.
Kittitas County’s Phase 3 Variance is Approved 06/23/2020
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is pleased to announce that we have been approved for Phase 3 of Washington’s Phased Reopening Plan! Phase 3 in Kittitas County begins today, June 23, 2020. Thank you to every resident and everyone in our county that has contributed to our Phase 3 approval.
Kittitas County Awaiting Response from State on Phase 3 06/22/2020
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is waiting to hear a response from the state regarding our application for Phase 3. As of today, Kittitas County has six active cases of COVID-19 (98 confirmed, 92 recovered). According to the Phase and Risk Assessment via the state COVID-19 page (, Kittitas County continues to meet all of the required Washington State Key Metrics Goals that are listed on the state’s Phase and Risk Assessment Dashboard.
Investigation identifies man who burned trailer and residence on Sunday 6/14
COVID-19 Symptoms? Get Tested! 06/19/2020
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested immediately. Symptoms or combinations of symptoms may include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or other less common symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. The sooner someone gets tested after symptoms appear the less chance of spreading COVID-19.
Kittitas County Submits Phase 3 Application Today 06/18/2020
As of today, Kittitas County submitted a variance application to enter Phase 3 of the Washington State Phased Approach to COVID-19. On June 17, Kittitas County became eligible to apply for the next phase after successfully maintaining Phase 2.
COVID-19 Testing Costs 06/16/2020
With the increase in COVID-19 testing availability, the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has seen questions regarding insurance cost and coverage for testing related to COVID-19. For general information about Washington State COVID-19 coverage, the IMT recommends the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s website at At this time, the message is that no one should be paying for a COVID-19 test.
Kittitas County’s Goal is to Attain Phase 3 Status 06/16/2020
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to work towards attaining Phase 3 status as safely as possible. If our county can continue to safely prevent the spread of COVID-19, we may apply for Phase 3 after a minimum of three weeks in Phase 2. We currently have 2 active cases of COVID-19 (92 confirmed and 90 recovered).
Murder Suspect Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez Arrested in Teanaway Area 06/14/2020
Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputies safely arrested Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez around 3:30pm on Sunday afternoon, 6/14/20, concluding a manhunt that has been active for 23 days, since May 23. Alcantara was arrested on a warrant for the murder of Ian Eckles, the 41 year old hunter from Kent who disappeared near the town of Liberty on or around May 17, and for numerous other crimes, including multiple burglaries, thefts, and possession of stolen vehicles. Alcantara was known to be armed and dangerous and was intimately familiar with the environment in which he was hiding. Nearby residents were warned about the situation and extra patrols were conducted around the clock in the surrounding areas.
Kittitas County Phase 2 Update (7 of 7) 06/15/2020
Kittitas County currently has 92 individuals who tested positive for COVID and 90 people who have recovered, which means we currently have 2 active cases in our county. At this time, Kittitas County is maintaining Phase 2 safely and we will continue to pursue Phase 3.