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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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Kittitas County issues masking directive

Kittitas County issues masking directive

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
May 22, 2020

Cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required in Kittitas County beginning May 23. They will be required when indoors, in confined public settings and when unable to maintain six-foot...

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Update on Twin City Foods outbreak

Update on Twin City Foods outbreak

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
May 10, 2020

Note: This story was updated on May 11 after originally being posted on May 10. Kittitas County has 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of May 10, with that number subject to change as more test results...

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County variance application put on hold in light of new cases

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
May 8, 2020

Kittitas County’s variance application has been put on hold following a 16th confirmed case of COVID-19. A press release from the Kittitas County Public Health Department confirmed the 16th case as a...

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Kittitas County to request accelerated opening

Kittitas County to request accelerated opening

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor
May 4, 2020

Kittitas County will be applying to immediately begin phase two of Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased reopening plan, county officials announced during a press conference. Called a variance, the application will...

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