CWU student being tested for suspected case of coronavirus

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Kittitas County Public Health Department is investigating a suspected case of novel coronavirus in Kittitas County. A test for the virus will be sent to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Laboratory, according to a news release.

The patient is currently a student at Central Washington University (CWU) and is voluntarily in isolation.

The student became ill and was seen locally at the CWU Student Medical & Counseling Clinic. The student recently traveled internationally to attend an event, which may have exposed the student to novel coronavirus.

The health department said it’s working closely with CWU to ensure the student is being cared for and that the campus remains safe. KCPHD has interviewed the student and will work with any close contacts to mitigate any exposures.

Test results are expected to be available within 48-72 hours. The student will remain in isolation until testing results are confirmed.

For more information about novel coronavirus visit DOH at For updated local information call the Kittitas County Public Health Department at 509-962-7515.