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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.
All Kittitas County businesses, regardless of essential or nonessential designation, must prepare safety protocols for the protection of employees and the public they serve. These plans should take into consideration physical distancing requirements, limiting customer capacity, altering business practices to include delivery or pickup, cleaning and disinfection.
Every business must have a safety protocol and plan in place. However, the safety protocol and plan does not need to be reviewed or approved by the Health Officer. Businesses are encouraged to check with their state and national industry experts or governing body for industry specific COVID-19 requirements.
The following resources have been developed to support businesses with development of their safety protocols and plan:
Washington’s Safe Start plan outlines a phased in approach to business re-opening that includes adequate social distancing measures and health standards. Click on the following link to access business sector related guidelines from the State of Washington.
Note: Businesses may also need to meet additional requirements developed specifically for their industry.
Reopening Guidance from the Office of Governor Inslee
Businesses can use whatever template they choose unless there are industry specific COVID-19 requirements including industry specific forms. We have provided the following sample worksheets as a resource.
Level 1: Lower Exposure Risk Jobs: jobs that do not require contact with people known to be, or suspected of being, infected with COVID-19 patients nor frequent close contact with (i.e., within 6 feet of) the general public. Workers in this category have minimal occupational contact with the public and other coworkers.
Download the Level 1 Safety Plan Template
Level 2: Medium Exposure Risk Jobs: jobs that require frequent and/or close contact with (i.e., within 6 feet of) people who may be infected with COVID19 but are not known or suspected to have COVID-19. Workers in this category are working in areas with ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 patients:
Download the Level 2 Safety Plan Template
Level 3: Very High and High Exposure Risk Jobs: are those with high potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of COVID-19 during specific medical, postmortem, or laboratory procedures.
Workers in this category are working with known or suspected COVID-19 patients:
Download the Level 3 Safety Plan Template
Our businesses are already thinking about safety as we move through the stages of reopening. Every business in Kittitas County will be required to have a safety protocol and plan in place, but they are not required to have it reviewed prior to reopening to the public. We are committed to providing the support and feedback that businesses need to complete their safety protocol and plan. Our goal is to make sure all of our businesses can open safely as soon as the Governor announces that their sector can reopen.
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.