COVID-19 results pending for Kittitas County resident

Mariah Valles, Managing Editor

A COVID-19 test was sent out today for a Kittitas County resident.

The Kittitas County resident is being hospitalized in Western Washington and is in critical, but stable condition, according to a press release. Test samples were sent to the Washington State Department of Health’s laboratory. 

When test results are available, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will release them immediately. 

“There are no recommendations at this time for people to wear masks, cancel events, or cancel travel plans,” the press release states. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to: Wash hands often with soap and water, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, stay home when sick and avoid contact with sick people. 

“We will continue to use interventions based on risk,” KCPHD Health Officer Mark Larson said. “We always balance preventative health measures with the limitations of peoples’ freedoms.”

The press release says that if someone is concerned they’re sick to use nurse lines or personal care providers first. 

“Unless you are severely ill, we ask the public to call ahead prior to visiting an emergency room, urgent care, or a provider’s office if you are experiencing influenza-like illness,” the press release states.