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COVID-19 Citizen Support

Kittitas County Chamber remains committed to the health and well-being of the citizens of Kittitas County. We are receiving questions about the best resources for accurate and up-to-date information surrounding the novel coronavirus officially named COVID-19.

State, federal, and local agencies have developed resources and guidance for this rapidly evolving situation and we encourage members to refer to these sources for accurate information.

FISH Community Foodbank

Located at 804 Elmview Road, FISH provides ESSENTIAL services and we will remain OPEN! The food pantry is essential and our staff is approved to be at work and continue serving our community. For more information call, (509) 925-5990.

Food Pantry

-Monday/Tuesday NO DISTRIBUTION, Wednesday/Thursday 12:00-4:00 Friday we will be open to SENIORS and SPECIAL NEEDS CLIENTS ONLY from 9:00-12:00.

-Clients will not be admitted into the building to browse the Pantry and food or to use facilities.

Anyone who is sick should NOT come to the Pantry.  Instead, call our offices at (509) 925-5990 and you will be given instructions on how to receive food.

-We will continue to accept new clients.

Senior Nutrition / Meals on Wheels / Open Table

-Senior Nutrition will become home delivered meals.

–Meals on Wheels clients will move to a weekly delivery of FISH prepared and frozen meals.

-There will be NO Open Table meals served for the immediate future.

Anyone who is hungry and needs food is encouraged to come to the FISH Food Pantry.

HopeSource

HopeSource Ellensburg is located at 700 E Mountain View Ave STE 501. You can reach them by calling (509) 925-1448.

HopeSource Cle Elum is located at 110 N Pennsylvania Ave. You can reach them by calling (509) 674-2375.

Hours are: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, open till 5pm on Wednesday. Food Distribution Monday 11-4 and Wednesday 11-5

HopeSource has been working with communities on the brink since 1967. This current public health crisis exposes the gaps and inequities in all of our social safety nets. Because of this, it is more important than ever that we stand united in mitigating the growing fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our organization is designated as an essential service and we will continue to operate throughout the community during this time.

HopeSource has long been offering services like rental assistance, food access, transportation and more. We will continue to ensure our community has the resources we all need to protect the health and safety of our citizens while adjusting our service models to comply with public health guidance.

For any questions, please contact us at info@hopesource.us

The food bank at The Cle Elum HopeSource is currently in need of donations: DISINFECTANT WIPES and toothpaste

Stay At Home Order

The Kittitas County Health Officer has issued a Health Order requiring all Kittitas County residents stay at home or at their place of residence except as needed to perform essential tasks or to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. View the entire order here. 

Reporting Unemployment Fraud

Washington state takes unemployment insurance fraud very seriously. If you have reason to believe someone has applied for unemployment benefits using your information or used a scam to obtain your private information, please report that to the Washington State Employment Security Department. More info here. 

For National Farmworkers

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $91.8 Million Funding Opportunity To Assist America’s Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers. Grants will be awarded to eligible entities, such as state workforce agencies, workforce agencies of outlying areas, non-profits or Tribal organizations to support projects designed to:
– Help farmworkers and their dependents acquire necessary skills to either stabilize or advance in their agricultural jobs or obtain employment in new industries or occupations; and
– Assist these individuals in securing safe and sanitary permanent and temporary housing. 

Apply Here. 

Risk in Kittitas County

Kittitas County Public Health & Social Services reports that there have been 98 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kittitas County as of 6/22/20. We encourage members to follow Kittitas County Public Health on Facebook here.

Safety Tips

Healthcare providers state there are simple things you can do to keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If it is not feasible to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home, and call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.
  • Get your flu vaccine, if you haven’t already.