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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.
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?
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 (https://coronavirus.wa.gov/), 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.
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 https://www.insurance.wa.gov/. 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).
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.
Second Individual who Attended Protests is Positive for COVID 06/10/2020
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has learned of a second individual who attended recent protests that has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently stable and in isolation.
Boil Water Order in Effect for Cle Elum Update 1 of 1 06/09/2020
Kittitas County Public Health (KCPHD) is working with the City of Cle Elum regarding a broken water main. At this time, it is only zone 3 that is affected. The Zone 3 area is towards Suncadia in the Urban Growth Area (UGA). Residents in that zone have been notified. The City of Cle Elum is currently testing the water in that area. Only those in the affected area are under the boil water order.
Boil Water Order in Effect for Cle Elum 06/09/2020
The City of Cle Elum is under a boil water order due to a broken main in the water system. Water may be contaminated at this time. There are no other affected areas beyond the City of Cle Elum.
Boil Water Order in Effect for Cle Elum Update 2 of 2 06/09/2020
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has ordered the entire City of Cle Elum and the City of South Cle Elum to be under the boil water order. The entire City of Cle Elum along with South Cle Elum is under the boil water order. No other locations are under the order at this time (there is no order for Roslyn, Ronald, or Easton). Kittitas County Public Health (KCPHD) is working with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), City of Cle Elum, and the City of South Cle Elum regarding a broken water main.
Individual with COVID-19 Attended Recent Protests 06/08/2020
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has learned of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 that was recently in attendance at the march for justice and equality protests in Ellensburg. The IMT is in contact with the individual. The individual was wearing a mask while in attendance at the protests on June 1 and June 2.
Kittitas County Phase 2 Update (5 of 5) 06/04/2020
Kittitas County continues to have low numbers of COVID-19 in our county. For the third day in a row during Phase 2, there are no new cases. To date, we have 14 active cases (88 positive cases total with 74 of those recovered). Please continue to follow Phase 2 guidelines.
Kittitas County is Feeling Behavior Impacts of COVID-19 06/05/2020
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team recognizes that Kittitas County is feeling the impacts of COVID-19, which has been referred to as an unprecedented time in history. COVID-19 is being considered a “natural disaster” and as such, we know there are phases associated with a disaster and corresponding behavioral health. Since the beginning of 2020, we have experienced a significant range of human emotion. Right now, most of us are feeling disillusioned or disheartened. But then after the phase of being disillusioned comes rebuilding.
Kittitas County Phase 2 Update (6 of 6) 06/05/2020
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is happy to report that our numbers in Kittitas County remain low. As of today, we have no new positive cases of COVID-19. Currently there are 14 active cases in our county (88 confirmed cases with 74 of those cases considered recovered).