Health district confirms first positive COVID-19 case in Kittitas County

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. — The Kittitas County Health District confirmed Monday that a 67-year-old woman has tested positive for COVID-19.

The woman was presumed positive on Saturday and has since been isolated from the community. The health district has also isolated people who had close contact with the woman while she was infected, said health district spokeswoman Kasey Knutson.

The health district contacted local businesses and agencies the woman may have visited recently.

Family members experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 have been told to get tested.

Last week, Kittitas County declared a state of emergency in response to an increase in testing for COVID-19. The health district has advised the community to prepare for an increase in confirmed cases.

According to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), people do not always need to be tested for clinical care purposes since there is no medication to treat COVID-19. If you have symptoms that include a fever and a cough, the DOH advises you to take steps to protect others – stay home and stay away from others.

There are currently 136 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide.