CWU student tests negative for novel coronavirus


KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. – The Kittitas County Public Health Department says a patient who was under watch for possibly having novel coronavirus has tested negative for the virus.

That person is no longer in isolation and is stable, according to KCPHD.

“We are thrilled that the CWU student is feeling well, that the test results returned negative, and our community partners worked so closely with us,” said Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson, “A negative test result is a reminder that public health will continue to respect the balance of preventing the spread of disease with limiting a person’s freedom of movement.”

Health officials recommend taking these steps to prevent the spread of illness:

Steps you can take to prevent the spread of the flu and the common cold will also help to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water.  If that is not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your cough