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).
Applying for Phase 3 status requires that we address our current COVID activity along with our county’s ability to respond, which includes healthcare readiness, an epidemiologic summary of new COVID-19 activity during Phase 2, any changes in testing capacity, resources available to conduct case and contact investigations, and the resources available to Kittitas County residents who require isolation or quarantine. In addition to the required documentation, Kittitas County must also have approval from the Kittitas County Board of Health and the Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners to pursue Phase 3.
The IMT has already started drafting the Phase 3 application materials and has set the date for a Board of Health meeting (June 18, 2020) in order to potentially submit our Phase 3 application to the Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman. Phase 3 allows for non-essential travel, additional businesses to reopen, and increased numbers for social gatherings. More information can be found about Washington’s Phased Approach at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/.
We continue to ask Kittitas County to help us attain Phase 3 by following Phase 2 restrictions, maintain physical distance of six feet or wear a cloth face covering. At this time, there are no decisions from the state as to a county’s ability to proceed to Phase 4.
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.