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Remember to Have a Safe Holiday
Remember to be safe this holiday season. If during the holiday, you have questions about COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be closed to the public this Thursday and Friday.
Kittitas County Supports Businesses Adapting in Response to COVID-19
Today the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners approved a Resolution to temporarily allow code exemptions for businesses who are trying to adapt in response to COVID-19 restrictions.
Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum & Roslyn Municipal Court suspend Jury Trials until at least January 4, 2021
Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court, Roslyn Municipal Court, Presiding Judge, Darrel R. Ellis, suspends jury trials until at least January 4, 2021.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Disease Investigation Prioritizes with High Case Volume
With the increase in COVID-19 cases in Kittitas County, the contact tracing and disease investigation team is prioritizing efforts and adapting current response protocol. Individuals with positive test results for COVID-19 is prioritized to receive daily contact. Most individuals who are identified as close contacts will receive initial notification; however, close contacts will no longer receive daily contact during the 14-day quarantine period, unless that individual is at high risk.
Board of County Commissioners Question Latest Health Restrictions
The Kittitas County Board of Commissioners voiced their united opposition today in response to Governor Jay Inslee’s latest COVID-19 restrictions announced Sunday.
Virtual Community Meeting Will Be Held November 19
Kittitas County Incident Management will be hosting a virtual community meeting on Thursday, November 19 regarding COVID-19 from 5:30 pm to 7pm via Webex. The meeting will include a brief update about the current status of COVID-19 and will be open for community members to submit questions to be answered by a panel of local experts. Please use the following link to participate. Please use “community” as the password to attend. https://kittitascounty.webex.com/kittitascounty/onstage/g.php?MTID=eea02ac395bff165219e266c8b4ca7922
Plan for the Holidays – Be Aware of COVID-19 and Reduce Your Risk
The holiday season is fast approaching, and now is the time to make plans to keep you and your loved ones safe. Here is a list of considerations, so you can make the best decisions for you, your friends, and your family:
CWU Reveals Excellent Results After Retesting Wendell Hill Hall B for COVID-19
On October 26, Central Washington University (CWU) retested students and employees as a result of a student who tested positive for COVID-19 at Wendell Hill Hall B. Test results revealed an excellent result with only one additional person testing positive for COVID-19 of the 148 individuals who were tested for the second time.
Kittitas County to Move Forward with Recreational Youth Sports
Kittitas County, in coordination with local municipalities and local youth sports organizations, will move forward with youth sports this fall. The local Kittitas County Health Order has been updated to allow for youth sports under the Washington State Phased Plan Guidance. Recently, youth sports were suspended as the incident rate in Kittitas County climbed above over 75 cases per 100,000 for two weeks.
Kittitas County Leadership Continues to Coordinate During Difficult Decisions Related to COVID
Kittitas County leadership continues to coordinate during difficult decisions related to COVID-19. This is a difficult time for everyone; this is a time when the community normally is preparing for fair, rodeo, and the return to school. Members of Kittitas County leadership have differing opinions, yet share ideas in common – education is important, local control is vital.
Exception to Return to In-Person School is not Supported Currently
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team will continue to work with local school districts regarding student safety from COVID-19. At this time, school districts may petition for exception to the recommendation from Kittitas County and our Regional Partners (Chelan- Douglas Health District, Grant County Health District, and Okanagan County Health Department) if the district wants to pursue in-person school when COVID-19 incident rates are above 75 cases per 100,000 population within the last two-week period of available data. The Kittitas School District recently submitted a request for exception, but that exception cannot be supported by Kittitas County IMT or Regional Partners at this time.
Kittitas County Data Dashboard is Temporarily Unavailable
The Kittitas County Data Dashboard is temporarily unavailable due to technical difficulties. The Kittitas County Information Technology Department is working quickly with the vendor to restore the dashboard.
Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab Center Is Clear of Outbreak
The Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab Center (Prestige Post-Acute) is clear of a COVID-19 outbreak. There are currently no active cases and the last positive test was on July 30th, 2020. The Prestige Post-Acute team including nurses, nursing aids, housekeepers, and dietary staff have worked diligently to contain and stop the outbreak.
Data Recommendations for Staying Informed During COVID-19
Many Kittitas County residents are informing themselves about COVID-19, specifically COVID-19 related data. The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has recommendations on how to stay informed through this pandemic.
Washington State COVID-19 Worker Safety and Health is Subject to Labor and Industry Enforcement
On July 24 and July 31, Washington State implemented changes to Phase 3 in response to COVID-19 and the worker safety and health requirements are subject to Labor and Industry (L&I) enforcement. Some of the changes include maximum occupancy requirements, seating requirements and table spacing, and alcohol service. For more information, please visit www.governor.wa.gov.
Individual with COVID-19 Attended Recent Wedding at the Cattle Barn Ranch
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has learned of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 that was recently in attendance at a wedding on August 2, 2020 at the Cattle Barn Ranch. Because of the amount of people in attendance, the IMT is unable to guarantee that we can contact every person who was potentially exposed.
Kittitas County Will Do What is Best for COVID-19 Patients
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) along with partners like Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH), KVH Hospice, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and local long term care agencies, have been working together to provide the best care for COVID-19 patients in Kittitas County. In partnership, the decision has been made to provide an additional level of support through what is called an Alternate Care Facility.
Kittitas County Incident Management Team Recommends Online School for Fall 2020
The recommendation for Kittitas County public and private schools at this time is to pursue online/remote education for students. The recommendation is based on current rates of COVID-19, existing science regarding COVID-19, and the start of the school year being roughly a month away.
Know When to Get Tested for COVID-19
With an increase in COVID-19 cases in Kittitas County, we are seeing an increase in peoples’ concern and questions about when to get tested for COVID-19 after a potential exposure. Know when to get tested for COVID-19:
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Kittitas County Outbreaks in Three Long Term Care Facilities, Update 3 of 3
At this time, Kittitas County is experiencing outbreaks in three different Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF). An outbreak is defined as two or more non-household cases epidemiologically linked within 14 days in a workplace, congregate living, or institutional setting, according to the Washington State Department of Health.
Kittitas County now has 5 deaths associated with the outbreak at our Long-Term Care Facilities
Kittitas County recognizes that every death associated with COVID-19 means that someone in our county has lost a loved one. We appreciate that what is happening is more than numbers on a data dashboard. We want every individual to be acknowledged and we want the people in our county to know that our thoughts and hearts are with them.
Difficult News Continues – Four COVID Deaths in Kittitas County
After months of COVID-19, months of our daily lives changing in ways no one could imagine, months of sacrifices, we are seeing an increase in the struggles and pain in our county because of this pandemic. The people we know in Kittitas County are losing loved ones. We regret to inform our residents that additional long term care facility residents have died.
Kittitas County Persists in Prioritization of COVID-19 Efforts
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) and the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) will continue to prioritize efforts around long term care facilities (LTCF), high risk populations in our county, and efforts to safely reopen schools in the fall if possible.
Kittitas County Has Difficult News Regarding COVID-19
We value our loved ones in Kittitas County – neighbors, friends, and family. It is with difficulty that we share that Kittitas County has a death associated with a long term care facility due to COVID-19. On July 19, a resident of Pacifica died. Kittitas County also has two individuals from long term care facilities who are currently receiving comfort care at Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH). This touches many families in our community. Please reach out to those you know and offer support.
New Limits on Social Gatherings Start Today
Governor orders go into effect today to limit the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the number of people who are allowed to gather together. Kittitas County is now required to reduce gatherings from 50 people to 10 people. The requirement to limit interaction to 10 people applies to all gatherings with the exception of church gatherings at this time. More information is available at https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-steps-to-address-covid-19-spread-7bf1dbabb52f.
Kittitas County Continues Response to Outbreaks in Three Long Term Care Facilities, Update 2 of 2
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues its response to the increase in cases associated with Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF) in Ellensburg.
Kittitas County Outbreaks in Three Long Term Care Facilities, Update 1 of 1
At this time, Kittitas County is experiencing outbreaks in three different Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF). An outbreak is defined as two or more non-household cases epidemiologically linked within 14 days in a workplace, congregate living, or institutional setting, according to the Washington State Department of Health.
Additional Cases Associated with Long Term Care Facilities Identified in Kittitas County
COVID-19 has now touched three Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF) in Kittitas County. The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has been notified of two positive residents of Pacifica Senior Living (Pacifica) in Ellensburg. Pacifica previously tested all residents on June 28. In response to the current situation, the IMT will be testing all residents and all staff of Pacifica Memory Care on Friday July 17th.
Kittitas County Has Increase in Positive Cases Associated with Long Term Care Facilities
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is responding to an increase in cases associated with Long Term Care Facilities (LTFC) in Ellensburg. Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab – Kittitas Valley (Prestige Post-Acute) has 5 staff that has tested positive for COVID-19. There are also now 4 residents within the facility who have also tested positive. There is also an additional positive case of a staff person at Meadows Place Assisted Living Community (Meadows Place) and more testing results are expected back. Everyone is stable at this time. To those who have family members at Prestige Post-Acute or Meadows Place, we have prepared for months to ensure a quick response to any potential exposures to COVID-19. Each of us will do our part and do our best to keep your loved ones safe.
Kittitas County Has COVID Cases Associated with a Second Long Term Care Facility
A second long term care facility in Kittitas County has COVID-19 cases associated with the facility. On July 8, Kittitas County was notified that two staff members of Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab – Kittitas Valley have tested positive for COVID-19.
Kittitas County Has First COVID Case Associated with a Long Term Care Facility
Kittitas County has the first positive COVID-19 case associated with a long term care facility (LTCF). On July 6, Kittitas County was notified that a staff person of Meadows Place Assisted Living Community (Meadows Place) was positive for COVID-19.
Dashboard Data Change
The Kittitas County Community Impact Dashboard will be changing today. In addition to confirmed cases, recovered, and active cases, the dashboard will now include bubbles on the map portion to indicate number of cases per municipality along with other areas. The change is in response to multiple requests for the information and the assertion from the public that behavior would change if people knew there were cases of COVID-19 in their community.
Kittitas County Supports Difficult Decisions to Keep our County Safe
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) would like to show our support for the Ellensburg Rodeo Board who were tasked with the difficult decision to cancel the rodeo events for 2020. We know that there were extensive efforts to try to keep the rodeo events feasible and safe for our county this year, and with current state restrictions it is not feasible at this time.
Kittitas County is Seeing Significant Increases in COVID-19 Cases
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is seeing a significant increase in cases. The increase is not related to a specific outbreak at this time.
Please Pay Attention to Symptoms of Illness and Take Action
With COVID-19, we are asking that everyone pay attention to signs of sickness and to take action. We say stay home when you are sick, but what does that actually mean, especially during a pandemic?
Lower District Court Phase 3 Plan
LOWER KITTITAS COUNTY DISTRICT COURT CONTINUES TO EXPAND OPERATIONS
Kittitas County Assessor’s office Phase 3 reopening plan
On Monday June 29th, the Kittitas County Assessor’s office will resume in-person services by appointment. The Assessor’s office will continue to encourage patrons to conduct business via email or phone whenever possible to minimize risk to both customers and employees. To schedule an appointment please call 509-962-7501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Now is the Time to Stabilize in Phase 3
As of today, Kittitas County is in Phase 3 of Washington State Phased Plan. We also have an increase of 7 active cases, which brings us to 13 active cases (105 confirmed, 92 recovered). We know that Washington State will require us to be in this phase for a minimum of 3 weeks, but it is likely that Phase 3 will last much longer than Phase 2. There is no application or metrics available for Phase 4 at this time.
Kittitas County’s Phase 3 Variance is Approved
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is pleased to announce that we have been approved for Phase 3 of Washington’s Phased Reopening Plan! Phase 3 in Kittitas County begins today, June 23, 2020. Thank you to every resident and everyone in our county that has contributed to our Phase 3 approval.
Kittitas County Awaiting Response from State on Phase 3
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is waiting to hear a response from the state regarding our application for Phase 3. As of today, Kittitas County has six active cases of COVID-19 (98 confirmed, 92 recovered). According to the Phase and Risk Assessment via the state COVID-19 page (https://coronavirus.wa.gov/), Kittitas County continues to meet all of the required Washington State Key Metrics Goals that are listed on the state’s Phase and Risk Assessment Dashboard.
COVID-19 Symptoms? Get Tested!
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested immediately. Symptoms or combinations of symptoms may include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or other less common symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. The sooner someone gets tested after symptoms appear the less chance of spreading COVID-19.
Kittitas County Submits Phase 3 Application Today
As of today, Kittitas County submitted a variance application to enter Phase 3 of the Washington State Phased Approach to COVID-19. On June 17, Kittitas County became eligible to apply for the next phase after successfully maintaining Phase 2.
Kittitas County’s Goal is to Attain Phase 3 Status
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to work towards attaining Phase 3 status as safely as possible. If our county can continue to safely prevent the spread of COVID-19, we may apply for Phase 3 after a minimum of three weeks in Phase 2. We currently have 2 active cases of COVID-19 (92 confirmed and 90 recovered).
COVID-19 Testing Costs
With the increase in COVID-19 testing availability, the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has seen questions regarding insurance cost and coverage for testing related to COVID-19. For general information about Washington State COVID-19 coverage, the IMT recommends the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s website at https://www.insurance.wa.gov/. At this time, the message is that no one should be paying for a COVID-19 test.
Kittitas County Phase 2 Update (7 of 7)
Kittitas County currently has 92 individuals who tested positive for COVID and 90 people who have recovered, which means we currently have 2 active cases in our county. At this time, Kittitas County is maintaining Phase 2 safely and we will continue to pursue Phase 3.
Second Individual who Attended Protests is Positive for COVID
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has learned of a second individual who attended recent protests that has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently stable and in isolation.
Boil Water Order in Effect for Cle Elum
The City of Cle Elum is under a boil water order due to a broken main in the water system. Water may be contaminated at this time. There are no other affected areas beyond the City of Cle Elum.
Individual with COVID-19 Attended Recent Protests
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has learned of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 that was recently in attendance at the march for justice and equality protests in Ellensburg. The IMT is in contact with the individual. The individual was wearing a mask while in attendance at the protests on June 1 and June 2.
Kittitas County is Feeling Behavior Impacts of COVID-19
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team recognizes that Kittitas County is feeling the impacts of COVID-19, which has been referred to as an unprecedented time in history. COVID-19 is being considered a “natural disaster” and as such, we know there are phases associated with a disaster and corresponding behavioral health. Since the beginning of 2020, we have experienced a significant range of human emotion. Right now, most of us are feeling disillusioned or disheartened. But then after the phase of being disillusioned comes rebuilding.
Guidance on New State Masking Requirement Starting June 8
On June 8, Washington State is implementing a new masking requirement in response to COVID-19. Per the Governor, all businesses are required to have employees wear cloth face coverings at the job site at all times. The only exception to this new rule is for employees who do not share an office or for employees who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition or disability.
Kittitas County Phase 2 Update (6 of 6)
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is happy to report that our numbers in Kittitas County remain low. As of today, we have no new positive cases of COVID-19. Currently there are 14 active cases in our county (88 confirmed cases with 74 of those cases considered recovered).
Kittitas County Phase 2 Update (5 of 5)
Kittitas County continues to have low numbers of COVID-19 in our county. For the third day in a row during Phase 2, there are no new cases. To date, we have 14 active cases (88 positive cases total with 74 of those recovered). Please continue to follow Phase 2 guidelines.
Kittitas County Phase 2 Update (4 of 4)
As of today, Kittitas County has no new positive cases of COVID-19 in our county. This is the second day without any new cases during Phase 2. Currently, we have 88 total cases with 63 people who have recovered, so the active case count is at 25. The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to work with people who are positive to ensure they remain healthy and prevent future exposures. Our goal continues to be reaching Phase 3 as safely as possible, which we are able to apply for as soon as June 17.
Our Goal is to Keep People Healthy Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19
Our goal is to keep people healthy who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kittitas County. But what does that look like, especially with all of the jargon like quarantine, isolation, disease investigation, and contact tracing?
Kittitas County Phase 2 Update (3 of 3)
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is asking for the community’s help in reaching Phase 3 by June 17, 2020. We are asking individuals and businesses to be aware of their own prevention efforts to help reach our goal of entering Phase 3 by mid-June. In order for Washington State to grant Phase 3 to Kittitas County we are required to show that Phase 2 can occur safely.
Kittitas County Changing Local Health Order to Allow Vacation Rental Properties to be Rented (Beginning Monday, June 1)
The Kittitas County Health Order: Stay at Home will be updated to allow vacation rental properties to be rented effective Monday, June 1, 2020. The health order will be consistent with the Governor’s orders to allow for vacation rentals. Rental businesses will need to have safety plans to prevent COVID-19 exposures in their rentals.
Clarification on World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Masking Recommendations
There have been recent postings on social media in regard to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) masking information in response to COVID-19. The social media post asserts that WHO says only healthy people need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with COVID-19. Please be aware that this is referencing medical masks and not cloth masks.
Kittitas County Phase 2 Update (2 of 2) – Business Plans Required
Kittitas County is currently in Phase 2 of the Washington State Phased Plan. Our county will be required to stay in Phase 2 for a minimum of three weeks. The time period of three weeks is based on 2 weeks for a potential incubation period in addition to one additional week to account for the one-week average between symptom onset and testing. During Phase 2, we are required to show the state that we can contain any additional outbreaks.
Lower Kittitas District Court Phase 2
LOWER KITTITAS COUNTY DISTRICT COURT EXPANDS OPERATIONS IN PHASE 2
Kittitas County Phase 2 Update (1 of 1)
Kittitas County is currently on day 2 of Phase 2. Per the Governor’s Phased Washington State Plan, we are required to stay in Phase 2 for a minimum of three weeks. During this time, how our responders and community come together to move to Phase 3 will determine our success.
Kittitas County's Phase 2 Variance is Approved
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is pleased to announce that we have been approved for Phase 2 of Washington’s Phased Plan! Phase 2 in Kittitas County begins today, May 27, 2020. There will be a press conference at 9:00am today. The link for the press conference will be sent out in a subsequent press release as soon as it becomes available.
Login Information for Phase 2 Press Conference
Event: Kittitas County Press Release - Phase 2 Variance is Approved Event address for attendees: https://kittitascounty.webex.com/kittitascounty/onstage/g.php?MTID=e37383707e1c2afdf5646526f88608aca Date and time: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 9:00 amPacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00) Duration: 1 hour Description: The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is pleased to announce that we have been approved for Phase 2 of Washington’s Phased Plan! Phase 2 in Kittitas County begins today, May 27, 2020. “We are all celebrating this victory,” states Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson. “Our county has done a phenomenal job in containing COVID-19 and keeping everyone safe. I believe we can continue to move through Washington’s Phased Plan.”
Kittitas County Will Hear Tomorrow Morning from the State on our Variance
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) reached out to Secretary of Health John Wiesman tonight to get an update on our variance status. At this time, we have been told to expect an answer tomorrow morning. Secretary of Health did not indicate whether the variance was approved or denied.
Kittitas County Still Waiting to Hear on Variance
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is still waiting to hear from the state regarding the status of our Phase 2 variance. We will notify the public today when we hear more information as to that status of our variance request. A press release will go out via our website and Facebook as soon as we know more.
National Guard Supporting 2nd Harvest’s Food Distribution at FISH
The National Guard will be in Kittitas County to support 2nd Harvest’s Food Distribution at FISH Food Bank on May 27, 2020. On May 27, FISH Food Bank is hosting 2nd Harvests’ mass food distribution via a Free Drive through Food Event at 804 Elmview Road at 12 pm.
To Mask is Still an Ask in Kittitas County
To mask is still an ask in Kittitas County. The directive is a stronger way of asking, but it is not a requirement and there is no enforcement in regard to whether someone wears a face covering or not. We want people to understand the seriousness of our request in that science is showing face coverings to block infectious droplets from spreading from someone who may have COVID-19. The entire masking directive is available at www.co.kittitas.wa.us one the incident website.
Kittitas County Masking Directive Starts May 23, 2020 in Response to COVID-19
As of tomorrow, May 23rd, Kittitas County is directing everyone in Kittitas County to wear cloth face coverings in response to COVID-19. Individuals who are at indoor or confined public settings must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth if they will be within six feet of a non-household member. Face coverings must be worn outside as well when you cannot maintain a six foot physical distance. Cloth face coverings may include cloth face masks, scarves, bandanas or other materials recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html All commercial establishments in Kittitas County are required to post signage advising individuals to wear face coverings.
Kittitas County’s Report to State Will Show Containment of Outbreak
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) will be drafting a report to the state that includes information on how we have contained the outbreak associated with Twin City Foods, Inc. in Ellensburg, Washington. The data shows that the outbreak is winding down at this time. For example, the IMT most recently received one positive test result with 31 negative test results and the one positive patient is associated with the outbreak.
Kittitas County Please Prepare for Phase 2 to Start Next Week
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is asking businesses along with residents to prepare for Phase 2 to begin as early as Wednesday of next week. Please do not begin implementing Phase 2 practices at this time. The IMT and partner agencies are doing everything within our power to move forward to Phase 2. “We are confident in our response to Kittitas County’s first outbreak,” state Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson. “It is possible that our variance application will be approved on Tuesday the 26th, which means our county should be prepared to begin Phase 2 on May 27th.”
Kittitas County Outbreak Response Continued 3 of 3
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has seen additional positive cases associated with the Twin City Foods Inc. outbreak. To date, Kittitas County has 64 total confirmed cases of COVID-19. 49 of the 64 cases are related to the outbreak in our county. All patients continue to be stable and there are no hospitalizations at this time.
Cle Elum Taco Bell Closed for Cleaning
The Cle Elum Taco Bell was closed for cleaning in response to COVID-19. The Cle Elum location is following their corporate response plan. The corporation chose to close and deep clean after a regional employee who had visited the location later tested positive for COVID-19. The case is not from Kittitas County and the Incident Management Team was not notified by the Taco Bell Corporation regarding the situation.
Kittitas County IMT Receiving Inquiries on Additional Business Exposures
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is receiving multiple inquiries regarding the possibility of additional businesses in Kittitas County being affected by the recent outbreak at Twin City Foods. At this time, the IMT has not yet identified any additional or potential outbreaks and is not coordinating with any additional businesses for outbreak response.
Strong Response Efforts Continue in Kittitas County
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Kittitas County. To date, our county has 49 cases of COVID-19. Five additional patents who were household members of Twin City Food employees have tested positive. Everyone continues to be in stable health and there are no hospitalizations at this time.
Kittitas County - we know you want Answers to the Variance Question
Kittitas County submitted an application for variance, which would allow us to move into Phase 2 of Washington’s Phased Approach to Reopening, on May 4th. On May 7th, the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) was alerted to a potential outbreak in our county. Since then, our application for variance has been “on pause.” In that time, we’ve heard from our community and, often, those responses are anxious. People are anxious to open, people are anxious about getting sick, and people want answers. Your IMT is listening and sees community members escalating, losing hope, and becoming angrier in response to an illness we can’t see.
Kittitas County has Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Associated with Twin City Foods
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is continuing to work on containing the spread of positive COVID-19 cases associated with Twin City Foods, Inc. There are five additional patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. Three of the individuals received re-testing and two of the additional cases are family members of employees. All patients continue to be stable at this time and there are no hospitalizations.
Variance Continues to be on Hold as Kittitas County Responds to COVID-19
Kittitas County continues to be on hold for the variance application with the state to enter Phase 2 as the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) responds to COVID-19 in Kittitas County. The IMT is focusing on providing education and resource coordination for individuals and households who are in isolation or quarantine, continuing to follow up with patients, and working to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our county.
Kittitas County Outbreak Response Continued
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to respond to the outbreak associated with Twin City Foods Inc. To date, Kittitas County has a total of 40 confirmed cases and numbers may change as more test results are received. As of May 10, all of the people who tested positive were stable and the IMT will continue to follow up with health conditions as we continue to work closely with individuals employed at Twin City Foods.
Kittitas County Outbreak Response Continued 2 of 2
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to respond to the outbreak associated with Twin City Foods Inc. At this time, all of the patients who tested positive at Twin City Foods are stable. There are no hospitalizations. 34 are associated with the outbreak. Two patients will need to be re-tested, since results were indeterminate. The Kittitas County Dashboard is showing 40 for positive COVID-19 cases in our county. Positive cases are tracked by a patient’s address and not their place of employment.
Kittitas County Responds to Additional Cases Associated with Twin City Foods Inc.
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is responding to thirty-four additional cases of COVID-19 associated with Twin City Foods, Inc. On May 8, the IMT quickly implemented mass testing for all employees of Twin City Foods. The additional positive cases mean that over twenty percent of Twin City Foods employees are positive for COVID-19. Roughly 20 cases are still pending from that mass testing.
Kittitas County Outbreak Response Explained
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is currently responding to a potential outbreak in Kittitas County and is working closely with Twin City Foods, Inc. The response includes the precautionary measures taken by Twin City Foods, Inc. along with response capabilities of the local public health system. Response includes mass testing, facility closure and cleaning, isolation or quarantine, and assistance to affected employees.
Kittitas County Responds to Potential Outbreak
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has been notified that Kittitas County has a new positive COVID-19 case. The patient is stable at this time. The patient works at a Twin City Foods, Inc., and two additional employees have been tested.
How to Stay Safe if our County Enters Phase 2 of Washington’s Phased Approach
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team has not received a response regarding our county’s application for a variance to enter Phase 2 at this time. The response from the state could come this week. That response could be approval, denial, or a request for more planning details, so we ask everyone to prepare for entering Phase 2 at this time.
Application for Variance is Still under Review
The Kittitas County application for a variance to enter Phase 2 of Washington’s Phased Approach to COVID-19 is still under review. We anticipate that the State Secretary of Health John Wiesman will potentially review the application today.
Kittitas County’s Application Sent for Variance – Still Under Review
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) submitted the variance application to begin Phase 2 of the Phased Approach to Reopening Washington Plan. Kittitas County has not yet received feedback or approval to the variance and we are not currently in Phase 2. The IMT anticipates that our county will receive a response this week.
Press Conference to Address Kittitas County Variance Application
Kittitas County will host a press conference today May 4th, 2020, at 3:30pm and will be available to view live online via Webex at https://kittitascounty.webex.com/kittitascounty/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2311752189fd8221487f8f7e8ad27d79. The Webex has a maximum capacity of 1000 attendees. The press conference will address the Kittitas County variance application that could allow the county to move from Phase 1 of the Phased Approach to Reopening Washington Plan to Phase 2 before other, more impacted counties.
Business Plan Worksheets and Technical Assistance is Now Available
Per the local Kittitas County Health Order, all businesses must prepare safety protocols for the protection of employees and the public they serve. Businesses may now use worksheets that are available on https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/response/202003-covid19/business-safety.aspxto draft their required plan. Businesses may choose to draft their own plan or use the worksheet provided.
Superior Court Live Streaming Audio for All Hearings
The Kittitas County Superior Court is now live streaming audio for all hearings.
Get Ready Now as Washington State Continues to Release Restriction
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) wants residents to get ready now in anticipation of the state releasing restrictions in response to COVID-19. Governor Jay Inslee recently released restrictions for pre-existing residential construction projects, some outdoor activities, and may continue to slowly release restrictions.
All Kittitas County Businesses Must Prepare COVID-19 Safety Plans
All Kittitas County businesses, regardless of Governor Inslee’s designation of essential status, are required to prepare safety protocols for the protection of their employees and the public to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Kittitas County Incident Management (IMT) is working to assist businesses as everyone prepares for future reopening.
Local Kittitas County Health Order to Change Following State Change
Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson has now modified the local Kittitas County Health Order to be consistent with the Washington State Order, which is now authorizing residential construction. Kittitas County will allow for residential construction that follows industry standards consistent with industry safety guidelines.
Continue Preparations for Reopening in Kittitas County
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team is asking that everyone continue to prepare for reopening. Everyone, locally, is working hard for the people of Kittitas County. The Stay Home, Stay Safe order is changing and we will see our county reopen. Those reopening efforts will continue to be coordinated locally to help our businesses open as soon and as safely as possible.
Everyone Can Use Cloth Masks as a Tool to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team requests that everyone use cloth masks as a tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any time an individual cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet, the individual should be wearing a cloth mask.
Kittitas County Healthcare System and Emergency Response Is Available
The Kittitas County local emergency response and healthcare system is available to residents. Residents in need may call 911, may visit the emergency department, and access emergency services without concern of overwhelming the system at this time.
Kittitas County Legally Bound to Follow Governor’s Orders
Kittitas County is legally bound to follow the Governor’s orders to Stay Home, Stay Healthy until May 4, 2020. Counties must follow state direction. The county level may choose to be stricter, but cannot choose to enforce anything less than what the state requires. With that, local elected officials whether at the county or city levels do not have statutory authority to change anything within Kittitas County, under the Governor’s direction.
Kittitas County Continues to Explore Issues with Legality of Economic Concerns
On April 21, the Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners, County Prosecutor, and the Health Officer, met and discussed available avenues to pursue opening local economy. At this time, the Governor’s Orders are legally binding and local officials are required by law to follow the Governor’s Orders to Stay Home, Stay Healthy until May 4, 2020.
Emergency Local Rule for all Kittitas County Courts
The Kittitas County Superior Court and the Upper and Lower Kittitas County District Courts each enter an Emergency Local Rule.
Kittitas County Solid Waste - Yard Waste
Kittitas County Solid Waste - Yard Waste reopened
Kittitas County Continues to Work Together to Respond to COVID-19
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) would like to thank partner agencies and elected officials for continuing to work together to respond to COVID-19. “Kittitas County is unique, because we do work so well together,” states Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson. “Other counties in the state are not working as well together.”
Kittitas County Incident Management Team Working on Reopening Local Businesses
As the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to respond to COVID-19, the work has been shifting to efforts for reopening local businesses, safely. Economic recovery has always been a part of the IMT and with the potential end of Governor Inslee’s emergency order for “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” there will be requirements in place for any business operating to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Kittitas County Incident Management Team Focuses Prevention Efforts on Long Term Care Facilities
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to prioritize our Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF) in the prevention of COVID-19. Priorities include specific planning efforts, access to personal protective equipment, testing, and outreach.
Stay-at-Home Orders Still in Place for Kittitas County
Kittitas County along with the rest of Washington State continues to be under a stay-at-home order to continue social distancing. Governor Jay Inslee extended the Washington State stay-at-home to May 4th, 2020. The local Kittitas County order will also be extended to April 23.
Kittitas Valley Healthcare Continues Preparation for COVID-19 Surge in Medical Needs
Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) continues to prepare for a COVID-19 medical surge in our county. The most recent effort is a new triage tent facility that sits outside of the hospital. Initiation of the temporary triage facility will be based on the amount of patients entering the Emergency Department, amount of patients waiting for transport or admissions wait times, et cetera. Signage will notify anyone entering the Emergency Department when the triage tent is in operation.
Property Tax Relief Offered With Payment Plan Options
Kittitas County property tax relief is available for citizens financially impacted by the COVID 19 crisis.
Long Time Kittitas County Resident Dies from COVID-19 Complications
Kittitas County has lost a well-respected and long-time resident of our county to complications related to the virus that causes COVID-19. Although this individual had been recently residing and receiving care outside of Kittitas County, this individual is loved by many who continue to reside here.
Kittitas County Community Impact Dashboard Available to Public for COVID-19 Data
The Kittitas County COVID-19 Incident Management Team has a “dashboard” just for Kittitas County data. The Kittitas County Community Impact Dashboard is available to the public for the most up-to-date local COVID-19 data. We encourage the public to use this site for the most recent and vetted Kittitas County information. At www.co.kittitas.wa.us, go to the “Incident Response Information” under hot topics, and then select the blue highlighted Kittitas County Impact Dashboard link.
Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Extended to May 4th
With the continued need for social distancing, Governor Jay Inslee announced yesterday, April 2nd 2020, that he would be extending the Washington State’s stay-at-home order until May 4th, 2020. Kittitas County also feels strongly that the stay-at-home order should stay in place and Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson has also extended our local stay-at-home health order.
Kittitas County Jury Service Temporary Policy
Kittitas County Superior Court and District Court Judges' additional jury excusal reasons in response to Corona Virus (Covid-19)
COVID-19 Testing Parameters in Kittitas County Explained
In Kittitas County, testing eligibility for COVID-19 is based on the parameters currently set by Dr. Mark Larson, Health Officer for the Kittitas County Public Health Department. To date, testing is being done for people who are symptomatic and at risk (over 60 years old, pregnant, or underlying health condition), healthcare workers who have been potentially exposed, and for individuals who may be linked to a cluster of people who have COVID-19.
Construction is not Considered Essential during the Stay-At-Home Health Order
Most construction is not considered essential and personnel in the construction field should stay at home. On March 25, Governor Inslee provided Construction Guidance to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25), which states, “In general, commercial and residential construction in not authorized under the Proclamation because construction is not considered to be an essential activity.”
Vacation Rentals and Homes in Violation of Stay-at-Home Health Order
Under the stay-at-home health order from March 24 to April 3rd, property owners of vacation rentals and homes are to stop providing services that invite people into Kittitas County. Vacation properties are non-essential services and booking a vacation rental at this time is in direct violation of the March 23rd stay-at-home order from the Health Officer, as well as Governor Inslee’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy proclamation that goes into effect on March 25 at midnight.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Count Remains at Six
Kittitas County has six cases of COVID-19 as of March 25th, 2020. The information on the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) website had an error listed in the case count, which has since been updated. Kittitas County does not have 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time. The Washington State Department of Health immediately corrected their error as soon as we notified them.
County Clerk, Superior Court, Lower District Court
Courts Closed to Public Access Until Further Notice
Kittitas County Health Order Effective Today
The Kittitas County Health Order requiring residents of Kittitas County to stay at home is effective beginning today and remains in place until April 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm. The health order requires every person living in Kittitas County to stay home in response to the spread of COVID-19. The local health order aligns with the statewide requirements put into place by Governor Inslee as well.
Kittitas County Press Conference to Address COVID-19 Health Order
Kittitas County will host a press conference today March 23, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. outside of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Public Safety Building located at 307 W Umptanum Road in Ellensburg, Washington. The press conference will address the Health Order and supporting Resolution that is slated to go before the Kittitas County Board of Health at 3:00 p.m. today.
Kittitas County has Additional Positive COVID-19 Patient
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) was notified of a fifth patient who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is a 59 year old male. The patient is stable, but the individual’s household members are also sick at this time.
Kittitas County Fair Livestock Events
Dear 4-H and FFA Members, Families and Volunteers: As we learn more about COVID-19 and the implications of its spread throughout our community, state and nation, we are obligated to follow the recommendations of our public health officials. As with others, the Fair Board’s primary focus and responsibility is the health and safety of our children and community.
Health Order Requires Central Washington University to Implement Measures to Curtail the Spread of COVID-19
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has implemented a health order requiring Central Washington university implement measures to curtain the spread of COVID-19. On March 19, 2020 KCPHD signed the health order, which requires the following:
COVID-19 Community Spread is Occurring in Kittitas County
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.
The Best Thing You Can Do right now is Self-Quarantine
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is fielding many questions about whether someone should quarantine right now. Our overall answer to the community would be that if you are able to self-quarantine today – to do so. KCPHD understands that staying home from work is not a possibility for everyone, and KCPHD staff is taking all necessary precautions while they remain at work.
In Person Services Temporarily Closed at the Kittitas County Public Health Department
In an effort to respond to concerns regarding COVID-19, the Kittitas County Public Health Department building will be closed to the public. Anyone who needs services from our front desk staff can call staff at 509-962-7515 and staff will make an appointment to provide the service safely. The service level remains the same at this time.
Kittitas County now has Four Positive COVID-19 Patients
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) was notified of a fourth positive test result for COVID-19 in our county. The fourth patient is female and was in close contact with the third patient. At this time, all of the individuals who have tested positive are in stable health.
Treasurer's Office Closure
Kittitas County Treasurer's Office Outlines Services During Closure
Lower Kittitas District Court
Press ReleaseLower Kittitas County District Court For Immediate ReleaseLower Kittitas County District Court issues emergency order
Superior Court Emergency Administrative Order
Due to public health concerns the Kittitas County Superior Court is temporarily closed to the general public. Although the general public is discouraged from visiting the Court, the Court does remain open to deal with issues involving domestic violence, threats to physical security, threats to loss of housing, or other emergencies. Attorneys or individuals with pending cases should review the attached appendix for further detail. As the situation changes, the Court remains open to modifications to comply with this rapidly changing environment. Please review the Superior Court website for the most recent information.
UPPER KITTITAS CO DISTRICT COURT-Emergency Administrative Order
On March 16, 2020 an Emergency Administrative Order for the Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court & Roslyn Municipal Court was issued by presiding Judge Darrel R. Ellis.
Kittitas Valley Event Center Closure
Gov. Jay Inslee released statement last night as follows:“Given the explosion of COVID-19 in our state and globally, I will sign a statewide emergency proclamation tomorrow to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities. “Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted. “The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy.“Additionally, all gatherings with over 50 participants are prohibited and all gatherings under 50 participants are prohibited unless previously announced criteria for public health and social distancing are met. “These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the disease. I know there will be significant economic impacts to all our communities and we are looking at steps to help address those challenges."
Kittitas County Superior Court Suspends Jury Service
Kittitas County Superior Court suspends jury service through April 10, 2020.
Governor Inslee Expands Prohibition and School Closures
At a press conference today, Governor Jay Inslee expanding the state prohibition of gatherings of more than 250, closed all public and private schools within the state, and expanded the directives of nursing/assisted living facilities.
Kittitas County Resident with Definitive Exposure to COVID-19
A King County resident who was tested in Kittitas County has tested positive with COVID-19. That King County resident had close contact with a 20 year old Kittitas County resident. The Kittitas County resident had definitive exposure to a person with COVID-19 and is in voluntary self-quarantine.
Updated Recommendations for Kittitas County Residents
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced on Wednesday March 11, 2020 that events with more than 250 people are prohibited. Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is now recommending that Kittitas County residents voluntarily follow these measures.
Kittitas County Board of Commissioners Address Outbreak Response
The Kittitas County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) has been working closely with Human Resources and other county offices to ensure that Kittitas County as an employer is ready to respond to the community spread of COVID-19. Continuity of Operations is essential to providing governmental services to our community.
Kittitas County now has Three Positive COVID-19 Patients
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) was notified of a third positive test result for COVID-19 in our county. The third patient is male and 56 years old. At this time, the third positive test result appears to be unrelated to the two previous cases.
Kittitas County now has Two Positive COVID-19 Patients
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.
Positive COVID-19 Contact Investigation is Underway 3 of 3
New information to share with the public is:• Three people employed at a local business were notified of close contact with patient.• Symptomatic close contacts who have been tested will be required to stay home in isolation until test results are returned.• Anyone who gets tested for COVID-19 will be required to isolate until results are returned.• Frequently asked questions about symptoms and testing are available at www.doh.wa.gov. Informational sheets include the following:o What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease.o What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19.o What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.• As of today, KCPHD is not requiring or recommending any event cancelations or closures. However, organizations and individuals planning major events should be considering alternative plans.
Positive COVID-19 Contact Investigation is Underway 2 of 2
As the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) conducts the current COVID-19 disease investigation, we want to inform the public that we most likely have community spread. Community spread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) means people have been infected with the virus in our area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Positive COVID-19 Contact Investigation is Underway 1 of 1
The Kittitas County Public Health Department is currently working with the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 to gather information and begin contacting potential close contacts. We will continue to update the public as information becomes available.
KCPHD Notified of Positive COVID-19 Patient in Kittitas County
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has been notified of a positive COVID-19 test result. Patient is stable and in isolation.
No Positive COVID-19 Cases in Kittitas County, but Increase in Response Requires County Declaration of Emergency
Kittitas County has declared a state of emergency in regard to COVID-19. The declaration comes in response to increased testing and contact investigations within our county. This is all preemptive and provides for additional resources to Kittitas County.
COVID-19 Weekly Update 2 of 2
The Kittitas County Public Health Department is always working to prevent or limit the spread of disease. This weekly update will address the rapid changes that are occurring.
Third COVID-19 Test is Negative with More Tests Pending
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) was notified that a third test results for suspected COVID-19 in Kittitas County is negative. However, Kittitas County has also added an additional person under investigation. To date, we have 3 test results that were negative and two people under investigation for a total of five individuals.
Second COVID-19 Test in Kittitas County is Negative with More Tests Pending
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) was notified that the test results for the second suspected case of COVID-19 in Kittitas County came back negative. Additional information is pending for two people under investigation for COVID-19 in Kittitas County. KCPHD will provide notification as information regarding the two new cases becomes available.
COVID-19 Monitoring Continues and the Risk Remains Low
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is testing a Kittitas County resident, currently hospitalized in Western Washington, for COVID-19. The patient is in critical, but stable condition. Testing was sent as of March 2, 2020 to the Washington State Department of Health’s lab. When test results become available, KCPHD will issue results immediately.
COVID-19 Weekly Update 1 of 1
The Kittitas County Public Health Department is always working to prevent or limit the spread of disease. This work is familiar to us, but we realize that the general public does not deal with disease prevention every day, so below is some information to help.
Test Results Negative for 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Kittitas County.
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.
Patient Being Tested for Novel Coronavirus in Kittitas County
The Kittitas County Public Health Department will send a test for Novel Corona Virus to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Laboratory for a suspected case in Kittitas County. The patient is currently a student at Central Washington University (CWU) and is voluntarily in isolation.
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.