Press Release
Public Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COVID-19 Community Spread is Occurring in Kittitas County

Kittitas County, WA - 03/18/2020 - Kittitas County is experiencing community spread. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Everyone in Kittitas County should proceed as though everyone has COVID-19.

KCPHD is urging Kittitas County residents to assume that they have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.  We are recommending people to shelter in place, if possible, to avoid exposing others or being exposed again themselves.
 
According to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), if you have not been in close contact with a sick person with COVID-19, you are at low risk for infection. You can continue to go to work if you do not have remote options, but should monitor your health for 14 days and stay away from others if you get sick.  For more information, visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDexposed.pdf
 
“It is essential in this time of community spread that unless otherwise directed by KCPHD, non-symptomatic essential workers such as first responders and healthcare employees continue to report to work as scheduled.  We ask that you assess for symptoms and take your temperature before and after work to monitor,” states Kittitas Valley Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kevin Martin.
 
If you have questions related to your health, please contact your local healthcare provider or Kittitas Valley Healthcare’s Clinic at 509-933-8850.
 
If you have other questions about COVID-19, please contact the EOC at 509-933-8315 or 509-933-8305.  Both lines connect to the Emergency Operation Center.
 
We will continue to provide updates and answer questions via Facebook. Please 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

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