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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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The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) will officially demobilize as of June 21, 2021. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will operate a smaller scale team to continue to respond to COVID-19 as needed. Contact investigation and contact tracing will continue to occur and KCPHD will continue to work closely with response partners.
Information about vaccine availability and “pop-up” clinics will continue to be found on the county website. Effective 6/21/21, any vaccine questions should be directed to KCPHD at 509-962-7515. The last IMT vaccination clinic occurs today and Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) will be starting their vaccination clinic in the KVH Hospital upstairs in conference rooms on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021. Appointments for Pfizer vaccinations will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 11 am. Patients can schedule appointments via email at CovidVaccineScheduling@kvhealthcare.org.
“On behalf of the IMT, I want to thank our community members, partner agencies, and volunteers who endured this pandemic and helped Kittitas County lead the way in COVID-19 response,” states Incident Commander Darren Higashiyama. “I have seen emergency response from many different counties and Kittitas County truly is unique in how we come together to care for our community.”
Kittitas County, for example, had five hundred and thirty-eight individuals sign up to volunteer for our mass vaccination sites. Volunteers donated close to sixteen thousand hours to help people get vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. “KVH appreciates the hours our staff and community members have volunteered at the clinics at the Kittitas Valley Event Center, Putnam Centennial Center, and Central Washington University,” states Vaccine Clinic Coordinator Kathryn Brunner. “We could not have done this without your support.” Community support was also officially recognized via the Board of County Commissioners’ Resolution rescinding the emergency declaration. There are close to one hundred different agencies that contributed to COVID-19 response in some way.
The first COVID-19 press release went out on January 30th, 2020. Almost a year and a half later, much more is known about COVID-19 and there is widespread access to vaccine. So much change, unease, and hardship has occurred in seventeen months that we know it will take time to completely heal. Please get vaccinated if you can in order to prevent COVID-19. Please take the time to address your mental health including connecting with other people, exercising, and getting outside.
To find COVID-19 vaccinations available please visit the Washington State Department of Health’s vaccine locator tool via www.doh.wa.gov. If you have questions about COVID-19 testing, please contact your healthcare provider or the KVH COVID clinic at 509-933-8850.
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.