Press Release
Public Health


Test Results Negative for 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Kittitas County.

Kittitas County, WA - 02/07/2020 - The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) was notified that the test results for the suspected case of novel coronavirus in Kittitas County came back negative. The patient is stable and is no longer under isolation.

KCPHD and Central Washington University (CWU) will continue to work closely together to reach out to students, families, and personnel that were involved.

Steps you can take to prevent the spread of the flu and the common cold will also help to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water.  If that is not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your cough.
“We are thrilled that the CWU student is feeling well, that the test results returned negative, and our community partners worked so closely with us, “states Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson.  “A negative test result is a reminder that public health will continue to respect the balance of preventing the spread of disease with limiting a person’s freedom of movement.”
Novel coronavirus will continue to be monitored.  For more information about novel coronavirus visit DOH at  For updated local information call the Kittitas County Public Health Department at 509-962-7515.

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Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, (509) 962-7515