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First death associated with COVID-19 in Kittitas County

First death associated with COVID-19 in Kittitas County

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
July 20, 2020

On July 19, a Kittitas County resident living in the long-term care facility Pacifica Senior Living died from COVID-19. According to a press release from the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD),...

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Access to People’s Pond closed due to rising COVID-19 numbers

Access to People’s Pond closed due to rising COVID-19 numbers

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
July 18, 2020

Kittitas County Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson has directed the City of Ellensburg to close Irene Rineheart Riverfront Park due to increased numbers of COVID-19 cases in the county. This includes...

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Long-term care facility cases considered outbreaks

Long-term care facility cases considered outbreaks

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
July 17, 2020

Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) reported three COVID-19 outbreaks in association with the long-term care facilities that have seen positive cases in the past week. All patients are currently...

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Three long-term care facilities see more cases

Three long-term care facilities see more cases

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
July 14, 2020

A third long-term care facility in Kittitas County has confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county’s Incident Management Team (IMT) was notified of two residents of Pacifica Senior Living in Ellensburg who...

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County sees increase in long-term care facility cases

County sees increase in long-term care facility cases

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
July 13, 2020

Kittitas County’s Incident Management Team (IMT) is responding to over 10 more cases of COVID-19 occurring in both long-term care facilities that reported positive tests in the past week. The IMT reports...

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Second long-term care facility confirms positive cases

Second long-term care facility confirms positive cases

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
July 11, 2020

On July 8, Kittitas County received positive test results from two staff members of the Kittitas Valley branch of Prestige Post-Acute and Rehab were confirmed to have COVID-19.  The Incident Management...

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Meadows Place employee tests positive for COVID-19

Meadows Place employee tests positive for COVID-19

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
July 8, 2020

On July 6, Kittitas County learned a staff member of Meadows Place Assisted Living Community was confirmed to have COVID-19. The employee is now in isolation and the county’s Incident Management Team...

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COVID-19 cases increase following phase three approval

COVID-19 cases increase following phase three approval

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
July 2, 2020

Kittitas County has seen a “significant” increase in COVID-19 cases following the move to phase three of Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased reopening plan, according to Kittitas County Public Health Department...

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Kittitas County enters phase three

Kittitas County enters phase three

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
June 23, 2020

As of June 23, Kittitas County has been approved by the state to enter phase three of Gov. Inslee’s phased reopening plan. Phase three lifts new restrictions, outlined in a county public health department...

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Kittitas County applies for phase three

Kittitas County applies for phase three

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
June 18, 2020

On June 18, Kittitas County submitted an application to enter phase three of Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased reopening plan. Phase three would lessen restrictions to allow nonessential travel, more businesses...

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Kittitas County to request move to phase three

Kittitas County to request move to phase three

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
June 17, 2020

Kittitas County’s Incident Management Team (IMT) announced in a press release it has begun drafting an application for the county to enter phase three of Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased reopening plan. This...

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Protester confirmed to have COVID-19

Protester confirmed to have COVID-19

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
June 8, 2020

An individual at both the June 1 and 2 protests for racial equality in Ellensburg tested positive for COVID-19. The county’s Incident Management Team (IMT) is in contact with the individual. A Kittitas...

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