From the Kittitas County Public Health Department:

Updated Recommendations for Kittitas County Residents

Kittitas County, WA – 03/12/2020 – “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.
“KCPHD is recommending that events over 250 people be cancelled. Governor Inslee’s order and KCPHD’s recommendation applies to social gatherings, faith-based gatherings, recreational and sporting events, concerts, fundraisers, and additional similar events. Currently, COVID-19 has been confirmed in 13 counties in Washington, including three eastern Washington counties: Grant, Kittitas, and Yakima. Other counties in eastern Washington, including Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan, are also urging their residents to follow the Governor’s order.

“Canceling large events is one way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This recommendation is a protective measure and is not meant to cause panic or increase the concern of our residents.

“’We do not take this decision lightly and understand that this will impact peoples’ plans and time put towards events and gatherings,’ states Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson. ‘Our job is to ensure the health and safety of our community.’

“KCPHD is still not recommending school closure, although school partners have already started planning for prolonged closures should they need to occur. “With the community spread that we are experiencing, we believe that school is one of the safest places for our children at this time,” explains Dr. Larson. “Data suggest that closing schools prematurely [before known contact to students] will only delay the spread of this disease, not prevent it.” While social distancing is not possible within schools, students remain at low risk within the school buildings.

“Additional measures per Governor Inslee’s proclamation include:

  • Ask high-risk populations to avoid social and recreational contact with others, including attendance at large events.
  • Implement changes to the workplace such as maximizing telecommuting options for as many employees as possible, and implementing social distancing in the workplace within reason.
  • Make considerations for public transit such as additional cleaning and sanitizing.

“Questions regarding COVID-19 should go to the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at 509-933-8315.  We will continue to provide updates and please continue to watch our county website along with our social media for more information today at or Facebook.”