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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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Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (3 of 3)
Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) continues to provide vaccinations to personnel in the 1a category, which includes healthcare workers, responders, and Long-Term Care Facilities. As of this morning, 546 Pfizer vaccines were administered.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (2 of 2)
Kittitas County has received additional vaccine. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived today. Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) continues to provide vaccinations to personnel in the 1a category, which includes healthcare workers, responders, and Long-Term Care Facilities. As of December 22, 440 Pfizer vaccines were administered. However, the state has not yet approved the 1b category at this time.
Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court & Roslyn Municipal Court Jury Trials suspended through 2/15/2021
Judge Darrel R Ellis has suspended Jury Trials in Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court & Roslyn Municipal Court through February 15, 2021.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (1 of 1)
Kittitas County is currently vaccinating the first group of people in Kittitas County with COVID-19 vaccine. The first group, or 1a, includes personnel in healthcare, first responders, and Long Term Care Facilities staff and residents. Kittitas County is only vaccinating those people who fall in the 1a category. We are waiting for the state to provide guidelines for the 1b category.
Long Term Care Facilities Continue to Feel Devastation from COVID-19
As of December 21, four Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF) are experiencing COVID-19 activity within their facilities including Hearthstone, Meadows Place, Malibu House, and Pacifica. As a result, Malibu House has two residents who have died of COVID-19.
Limited Services Available at the Kittitas County Public Health Department
As of December 21, and moving forward, there will be limited services available at the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) while KCPHD staff is assisting with COVID-19 vaccine administration. All front desk, clinic staff, and some environmental health staff will be participating in vaccine distribution for the next two weeks.
Kittitas County Will Soon Receive First Round of COVID-19 Vaccine
Kittitas County will receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine in the state’s first distribution to counties. The shipment will include 975 doses (minimum shipping amount) of the Pfizer vaccine. The first round of vaccine will be distributed to healthcare personnel, first responders, people who live in Long Term Care Facilities, and caregivers who work in Long Term Care Facilities.
Kittitas County Changes COVID-19 Quarantine Process
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is changing the current COVID-19 quarantine process per recent CDC recommendations. Currently, the quarantine process is 14 days for an individual to stay home. In Kittitas County, an additional option to quarantine for 7 days along with a negative COVID-19 test result has been added to our protocol.
Virtual COVID-19 Vaccine – Question and Answer -to be Held December 17
Kittitas County Incident Management will be hosting a virtual question and answer session on Thursday, December 17 regarding COVID-19 vaccine. From 5:30 to 7pm via Webex. The Q & A will include a brief update about the current status of COVID-19 vaccine and will be open for community members to submit questions to be answered by medical and responder personnel. Please use the following link to participate. Please use “vaccine” as the password to attend. https://kittitascounty.webex.com/kittitascounty/onstage/g.php?MTID=e164c9669f17074a987de239d131e4fe6 Questions can be submitted prior to the event as well via email to Kasey.email@example.com.
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:
Areas with High Levels of Community Transmission Should Mask Indoors
Kittitas County has a high level of community transmission, and everyone should consider wearing a mask while indoors regardless of vaccine status. Since early July, Kittitas County’s COVID-19 caseload has been increasing and the increase is continuing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone should mask indoors in areas with high levels of transmission. Level of community transmission can be found at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
Prosecutor's Office in-person service
In-person service by appointment only
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.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Community Impact Dashboard Data Updated
The Kittitas County COVID-19 Community Impact Dashboard is now up to date after a technical error caused an incorrect count for total COVID-19 deaths. New data was also gathered for deaths that occurred out of county. The out of county counts and technical error fix added seven deaths to the dashboard today for a total of 37. Kittitas County had a total of 30 COVID-19 deaths in 2020 and seven have been reported for 2021.
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.
Kittitas County Public Health Department Closed July 5th
In observance of the July 4th holiday, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be closed on Monday July 5th. Please note that during the holiday closure, KCPHD will not be updating the COVID-19 dashboard. Updates will resume when we re-open on Tuesday July 6th, 2021. Moving forward, updates to the dashboard will occur weekly, every Monday.
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 Incident Management Team Demobilizes
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.
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.
Clarification on COVID-19 Changes
Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released masking guidance and Washington State will fully adopt the CDC masking guidance along with other changes that are happening. So, what do all of these changes mean?
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 COVID-19 Vaccine Update (19 of 19)
The Pfizer vaccine has now been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for 12 to 15-year-old individuals and in response the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) plans to hold a clinic on the 19th for first dose Pfizer vaccinations for that age group. To sign up for an appointment for the 19th, please use SignUpGenius via www.co.kittitas.wa.us/health.
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.
Update on Current Symptoms of COVID-19 in Kittitas County
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) wants to remind residents that symptoms related to COVD-19 can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, and congestion. Some people may not realize that nausea and vomiting are symptoms of COVID-19, but anyone with these symptoms should be tested for COVID-19.
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.
Local Business Models Mitigation in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
In response to an outbreak, a local business is modeling mitigation in response to COVID-19. Club 301 is working closely with the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) to keep customers safe, employees working, and everyone vaccinated.
Vaccination moves from Mass Vaccination Sites to Community Distribution
With vaccine supply widely available and open to anyone aged 16 and over, vaccination will change in Kittitas County from the use of mass vaccination sites to community wide distribution via local pharmacies and medical providers. “This has been the goal all along,” states Incident Commander Darren Higashiyama. “The Kittitas County Incident Management Team will start phasing out the mass vaccination site and vaccine will be available throughout our community at pharmacies and doctors’ offices.”
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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Available Today – 16 and Older
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has extra vaccine doses available today. If you would like a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine and you are available today, please call the vaccine question line immediately at 509-933-8315. SignUpGenius is not available for today’s extra doses.
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.
More COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available – Youth Included
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has additional vaccine clinics available on April 28th and 30th. The clinic on the 28th is Moderna. The clinic on the 30th will include Pfizer vaccine, which means youth 16 and 17 years old have another opportunity to access the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone 16 and over should get vaccinated to prevent COVID-19. To sign up for an appointment please register via SignUpGenius at www.co.kittitas.wa.us/health.
Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to be held in Cle Elum on May 1
On May 1st, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and National Guard will be holding a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District High School (CERSD) at 2692 State Route 903, Cle Elum. The clinic will be held from 12:00 pm to 6:00pm. The clinic will be administering 500 doses of Moderna vaccine.
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 COVID-19 Vaccine Update (18 of 18)
Everyone 16 and older can get vaccinated to prevent COVID-19. The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to hold its COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Ellensburg, distributing 600 doses during each clinic held. This week the IMT is holding a clinic specifically for 16 and 17-year-old individuals (April 21) using Pfizer vaccine. Only Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being used at this time. Additional vaccine locations can be found using the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Vaccine Locator at https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/. Please get vaccinated as soon as possible.
April 21 is Designated for 16 and 17-Year-Old Youth to Get Vaccinated
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is designating Wednesday, April 21 for youth 16 and 17 to access primary Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Ellensburg IMT Clinic will only provide primary doses to 16 and 17-year-old youth during that designated time. Please note that in order to get vaccinated, youth under the age of 18 require a signed permission form (attached) or to have a parent/guardian present at the time of the appointment.
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.
Get Vaccinated to Prevent COVID-19
Everyone 16 and over can access the COVID-19 vaccine beginning this week. Vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. You should not be charged or billed for a COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, individuals in Washington State can access vaccines via Pfizer or Moderna.
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 County is Following Recommendation: Pauses J&J Vaccine
Kittitas County is aware of and following the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) recommendation to pause the use of J & J vaccine. The recommendation is a result of six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. Kittitas County will not be using the J&J vaccine during the pause and will reach out to all medical providers in Kittitas County to ensure the same. Any vaccination appointments that were scheduled for J&J will be switched to Moderna or Pfizer until further notice.
Kittitas County Incident Management Team Hosts Community Meeting
On April 15, 2021, the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) will host a community meeting, virtually, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. The community meeting is intended to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns as our county moves towards reconstruction from the COVID-19 pandemic. “After more than a year of the pandemic, it is time for Kittitas County’s reconstruction from COVID-19. Kittitas County has been a leading county in many ways during this pandemic,” states Incident Commander Darren Higashiyama. “I would expect Kittitas County to continue to standout during reconstruction.”
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Update (17 of 17)
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to focus its efforts on COVID-19 vaccinations. As of this week, everyone who wants the COVID-19 vaccine (age 16 and over) can sign up for an appointment. Currently, the IMT clinic appointments are full; However, additional vaccine locations can be found using the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Vaccine Locator at https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/.
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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Anyone 16+ on April 15, 2021
Effective April 15, 2021 anyone age 16 and over can receive the COVID-19 vaccination per Governor Inslee’s announcement on March 31. Kittitas County will continue to use an appointment system and will continue to run county clinics. We ask the public to wait until the Incident Management Team announces appointments to the general population before signing up via SignUpGenius.
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.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Update (15 of 15)
Starting this week (March 31st) an individual receiving vaccine will no longer need Phase Finder to show eligibility at the COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Individuals will be expected to self-attest eligibility. If you are eligible in the newly released guidelines (Phase 1B, Tiers 3 & 4) make an appointment now at https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/health/. Or, if appointments are not currently available, please sign up for the wait list.
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.
The Final Prioritized Vaccine Tiers Open Next Week – Make Vaccine Appointments Now
The next tiers (Tier 3 and 4 of Phase 1B) open next week, which means people in that eligibility category can schedule themselves now for next week’s appointment times. As of March 31, Washington State opens guidelines for Phase 1B, tier 3 and tier 4 to access COVID-19 vaccine.1B, Tier 3 & 4 include:• People with two or more comorbidities or underlying conditions.• People ages 60 years and older.• Congregate settings that include restaurants, food service workers, manufacturing, and construction.• People living in congregate settings, people experiencing homelessness that live in or access services in congregate settings.
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 COVID-19 Update (14 of 14)
Kittitas County has over 400 COVID-19 vaccine appointments available this week. Sign up now via https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/response/202003-covid19/default.aspx. Eligibility is self-reported via Phase Finder on www.doh.wa.gov.If you are in the following Phase or Tier, you can access vaccine now:• Phase 1A – high risk workers in health care settings, high risk first responders• Phase 1B, Tier 1 – anyone age 65+, anyone age 50+ living in a multigenerational household, preK through 12th grade educators and staff, childcare workers• Phase 1B, Tier 2 – high risk workers in certain congregate settings, pregnant women 16+, and people 16+ who have a disability.
Lower District Court Phase 3 Plan
Lower Kittitas District Court has modified their COVID pandemic operating procedures in response to Statewide Phase 3 Plan.
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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Includes People with a Disability
People with a disability that puts them at higher risk for COVID-19 can now be vaccinated. This includes:• People who have limited mobility or who cannot avoid coming into close contact with others who may be infected, such as direct support providers and family members• People who have trouble understanding information or practicing preventive measures, such as hand washing and social distancing• People who may not be able to communicate symptoms of illness
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.
Over 300 Vaccine Appointments Available and More
Kittitas County has over 300 appointments open for the COVID-19 vaccine clinic tomorrow. Once Wednesday is full for appointments, Thursday and Friday availability will be open as well. That means we have well over 300 appointment slots available. Sign up now if you are eligible.
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.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Update (13 of 13)
This week Kittitas County will begin vaccinating Phase 1B, Tier 2 per Washington State. If you are eligible for 1A, or 1B Tier 1 and 2, you can make an appointment now. Appointments can be made via SignUpGenius online.
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.
The Next Tier Opens for COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week – Make Appointments Now
The next tier (Tier 2 of Phase 1B) opens next week, which means people in that eligibility category can schedule themselves now for next week’s appointment times. As of March 17, Washington State opens guidelines for Phase 1B, tier 2 to access COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Update (12 of 12)
Kittitas County continues to operate in the Washington State Phase 1B, Tier 1 category of COVID-19 vaccine. 1B, Tier 1 includes people 65 years and older, 50 and older in multigenerational households, workers in childcare settings, and pre-k through 12 educators and staff. You must be eligible to access vaccine at this time.
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the seventh annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion award. The award is intended to honor and recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the health of Kittitas County. This award is made possible by a generous donation from former Kittitas County Health Officer Jim Gale.
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.
Individuals Must Be Eligible to get a COVID-19 Vaccine
Individuals must be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine and have verification of that eligibility. Verification of eligibility is provided via PhaseFinder. SignUpGenius is not a screening tool for eligibility and an appointment does not guarantee you access to a vaccine if you are not eligible at this time.
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.
Kittitas County Responds to Federal Directive on School and Childcare Vaccination Plan
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) is responding to the federal directive on the school and childcare vaccination plan. On March 2nd, a new directive was provided to all states to get every pre-k educator, k-12 teacher, and childcare worker at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine in the month of March.
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.
Kittitas County Updates the COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist
Kittitas County is updating the COVID-19 vaccine wait list. Any individual who signed up on the wait list prior to February 1 has received communications via phone or email, or both, to ascertain whether they need to remain on the wait list or if they have already received their COVID-19 vaccine. The majority of individuals who have been contacted have already received their COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Update (11 of 11)
COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available now. People eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in Phase 1B, Tier 1 can sign up for appointments using SignUpGenius on the Kittitas County incident website. You must be eligible for 1A or 1B, Tier 1 to sign up for appointments. Because of vaccine holding requirements, Kittitas County utilizes Moderna vaccine in Cle Elum and Pfizer vaccine in Ellensburg.
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.
Kittitas County Nears Ten Thousand COVID-19 Vaccines Distributed
Kittitas County is nearing ten thousand COVID-19 vaccines distributed within our county. This week, we anticipate additional booster doses being shipped to our county, which includes one thousand Pfizer booster doses arriving today. The Incident Management Team (IMT) will continue to run community clinics in Cle Elum and Ellensburg this week in order to provide second doses to eligible individuals.
COVID-19 Testing is a Tool that Helps Kittitas County
Getting tested for COVID-19 is a tool that helps Kittitas County during this pandemic, and we encourage people to get tested. At this time, we are specifically asking anyone who attended any Superbowl gatherings with individuals outside of their household family members to seek out COVID-19 testing. We are asking you to get tested if you have recently attended AAU scrimmages in Okanogan County. And like always, we want anyone to get tested if you are having COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been exposed to someone who may have been positive with COVID-19.
Vaccine Appointments Open for Sign Up Again to Phase 1B, Tier 1
People eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in Phase 1B, Tier 1 can sign up for appointments using SignUpGenius on the Kittitas County incident website. Everyone from the waitlist has been contacted by the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) for appointments and there are still appointments that will be available to the public. You must be eligible for 1B, Tier 1 to sign up for appointments.
South Central Region Moves to Phase 2 of Roadmap to Recovery Plan
In accordance with Washington State’s Roadmap to Recovery Plan, the South-Central Region of that plan will move to Phase 2. The move to Phase 2 is effective today. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) sent a letter today to the region with the updated information.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Update (10 of 10)
We continue to operate in the Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tier 1 categories per Washington State guidelines. In order to continue efficiently distributing vaccine, we are asking that if you were on the wait list and received your vaccine, to remove your information from the wait list.
Kittitas County Seeking Re-Evaluation of COVID Phase II Status Based on Public Health Data
It was announced on February 11, 2021 that Kittitas County which is part of the South Central Region will remain in Phase I while all other regions in Washington State will move into Phase II of Washington State’s Roadmap to Recovery Plan.
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.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccine Update (8 of 8)
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has identified the wait list issues that caused a temporary closure of access to the wait list. No one’s information was lost during that issue. To date, we have approximately 2,500 Kittitas County residents who are currently on the wait list. The 2,500 individuals on the wait list will be prioritized for when the county receives its next allotment of COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Wait List Update
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) temporarily closed the COVID-19 vaccine wait list due to a surge in registrations that occurred on February 1. The surge in registrations was due to an input error and is not the result of out-of-county registrations. While the wait list is temporarily closed, the IMT will use this opportunity to conduct additional troubleshooting before re-opening the wait list to eligible patients.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Wait List Closed Due to Mass Sign Up
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) has temporarily closed the COVID-19 vaccine wait list due to a surge in registrations. Today the wait list spiked to over 100,000 registered. Kittitas County only has a total population of 48,140 residents according to the Office of Financial Management. The IMT is working to troubleshoot this problem and will notify the public when the issue is resolved.
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 COVID-19 Vaccination Update (7 of 7)
More COVID-19 vaccine has arrived, which means Kittitas County will continue to hold vaccination clinics at the Fairgrounds and the Putnam Centennial Center beyond this week. At present, the Fairgrounds has distributed 281 vaccines today and 284 vaccines were given at the Putnam Centennial Center today in Cle Elum.
Scheduling Platform to Remain the Same as Vaccine Supplies Continue to Change
Kittitas County’s vaccine scheduling system, SignUpGenius, will remain as the scheduling platform for COVID-19 vaccine distributed under the Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT). The scheduling system will be a constant as the vaccine supply continues to come and go during periods of limited COVID-19 vaccine allotments. At this time, there is a waiting list for appointments via SignUpGenius as the county awaits additional vaccine supply.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (6 of 6)
Kittitas County has received additional COVID-19 vaccine. To date, we received one thousand doses of Moderna vaccine. We anticipate receiving one thousand additional doses of Pfizer today. The Incident Management Team (IMT) plans to distribute all two thousand doses in vaccine clinics in upper and lower county beginning January 26th through the 29th. Appointments will be mandatory.
Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court & Roslyn Municipal Court Jury Trial suspension extended through 3/31/2021
Judge Darrel R. Ellis has extended the suspension of Jury Trials in the Upper Kittitas County District Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court and Roslyn Municipal Court through March 31, 2021.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (Frequently Asked Questions)
Kittitas County is seeing a theme of questions, locally, regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. We will continue to provide as much information as possible as the COVID-19 vaccine process continues. Below is a list of frequently asked questions:
Washington State Releases 1b Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine
Washington State released Phase 1b COVID-19 guidelines today. Phase B1 includes all people 70 years or older and all people 50 years or older in multigenerational households. When Kittitas County receives the next shipment of COVID-19 vaccine, we will be ready to vaccinate individuals in the B1 category. At this time, Kittitas County is waiting for additional vaccine supply and does not have a date for when that will be arriving. We will notify the public, immediately, when additional supply is received. We are not vaccinating B1 until vaccine arrives and we do not have a waiting list for those interested in receiving the vaccine.
Washington State Releases 1b Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine
Kittitas County Commissioners Object to Governor Inslee’s Latest Reopening Plan
Kittitas County Commissioners voiced their strong objection to Governor Inslee’s new phased reopening plan announced yesterday. The plan, titled “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery”, changes evaluation standards for reopening from individual counties to regions. Per the plan, Kittitas County is now part of the South Central Region joining Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, and Columbia counties and would require the entire area meet reopening criteria as a whole before moving to the next phase.
Contact Investigation and Contact Tracing Continues to Focus Efforts
The Kittitas County Contact Investigation and Contact Tracing (CICT) team continues to manager over 200 active cases of COVID-19 in our county and is prioritizing job duties to address those most at-risk. As such, the CICT team is no longer able to provide courtesy letters to individuals requesting verification for their employers.
Kittitas County COVID-19 Vaccination Update (4 of 4)
Kittitas County will continue to update the public on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process every Monday and more. We are receiving phone calls and inquiries from many people who are eager to access the vaccine. If you are a healthcare worker, first responder, employee of a Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF), or a resident of an LTCF you can get the vaccine now. Phase 1a is available. Phase 1b guidance has not been provided by the state.
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.