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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
Public Health Nurse, 509-962-7515
The communicable disease program is responsible for the investigation of disease outbreaks and controlling
the spread of communicable diseases in the community through education and prevention. Communicable
diseases such as influenza, pertussis, and tuberculosis are spread from person to person by direct or indirect contact with an affected individual.
Communicable disease investigation, contact tracing, and consultation are available
at the Health Department relating to all communicable diseases. Local health care
providers and labs are required by Washington State law (WAC 246-100) to report
over sixty communicable diseases. Prompt reporting enables health department staff
to identify exposed persons who are at risk of acquiring disease, detect outbreaks,
follow trends, and limit the spread of disease. Although the law requires reporting,
there are often inconsistencies in reporting, documentation and diagnosis among
different providers, and it is believed that many communicable diseases, especially
those that are less severe or are associated with sexual contact, are seriously
The following document outlines the disease and conditions that are to be reported
to the Local County Health Department
Pursuant to WAC 246-100
certain diseases should be reported to the Local County Health Department. During business hours, report
notifiable diseases at 509-962-7515. After hours, when a disease must be reported immediately, call
Influenza (flu) and other serious respiratory illnesses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping
cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
To help stop the spread of germs,
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.