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Posted on: July 14, 2020


Kittitas County Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson has directed the City of Ellensburg to close the gates to Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park, which includes Peoples Pond/Carey Lake. This decision was made as a result of increasing COVID-19 cases and activity in Kittitas County.

“We are seeing an increase in cases associated with social gatherings,” explains Dr. Mark Larson. “I’ve made the decision to close the park until our numbers are back down to 25 cases per 100,000 residents. This number was the requirement from the state for Kittitas County to be approved for Phase 3 and helps us gauge the level of disease in our communities.” 

Kittitas County Public Health Department reports COVID-19 cases are currently well above the requirement of 118 cases per 100,000 residents. Over the past week, the average number of daily cases being reported to the Incident Management Team (IMT) is 12 cases per day.

The reopening of Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park will be reevaluated once the county’s COVID case reporting numbers are meeting Phase 3 goals again.

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