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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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This morning, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) was notified of an additional positive test result for COVID-19 in our county. The patient is a family member of the first positive case. Currently, the 67 year old female patient who is positive for COVID-19 is being evaluated for hospitalization. The second patient who is positive is stable and does not require hospitalization at this time. “We are coordinating with our healthcare responders and the family to ensure everyone’s health and safety,” states Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson.
KCPHD requested testing of the individual because of the close contact and being symptomatic. Those results have returned positive. KCPHD will continue with the investigation, which includes further interviewing to determine the patient’s movements before, during, and after the infectious period. We will continue to notify any individuals who may have been in close contact. “We are at a point where we are likely to recommend some more restrictive interventions in our community,” states Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson. “We will have more information out today and we will notify the public of those changes.”
Access to testing continues to increase and we have received additional questions about whether someone should be tested, what someone should do if they think they have been exposed, et cetera. Please visit the Washington State Department of Health's (DOH) website, which has a section for frequently asked questions regarding symptoms and testing https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus.
Please continue to watch our county website along with our social media for more information today at www.co.kittitas.wa.us or Facebook.
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, (509) 962-7515
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.