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.
The variance application also continues to be on hold. At this time, residents should be operating under Phase 1 of Washington’s Phased Approach. Additional information on Phase 1 requirements can be found at https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/chart-washingtons-phased-approach. The release to Phase 2 has not occurred at this time. With the local health order expiring today, the IMT will provide additional information on how the county will proceed. “We know this is weighing heavy on the minds of our county residents,” states Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson.
Information is provided below to recap the current situation and address some concerns from county residents:
- To date, Kittitas County has 44 positive COVID-19 cases.
- Not all of the cases associated with Twin City Foods Inc. live in Kittitas County.
- The majority of the cases associated with the current outbreak were symptomatic.
- 15 cases are currently “recovered” and are no longer isolated.
- Cloth masks are not mandated. Cloth masks are recommended if you are unable to maintain six feet of social distance.
- The IMT follows the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. By law, we cannot disclose confidential health information.
- The IMT wants people to isolate and quarantine at their own homes, first. If that is not possible, the team works with the individual or family to find the best option.
- There is no mass isolation or quarantine facility in Kittitas County.
Our Incident Management Team will continue to model kindness and compassion in this community. If you have questions about your health, please contact your healthcare provider or you can call the Temporary COVID Clinic at KVH at 509-933-8850. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the Emergency Department at KVH. If you have general questions about COVID-19, please call the EOC at 509-933-8315 or 509-933-8305.
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us