CWU's COVID-19 Case-Tracking Dashboard
During the summer, Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be performing case investigation and contact tracing (CICT) activities for CWU students on the Ellensburg campus. Active case numbers will be tracked by KCPHD and included in the Community Impact Dashboard.
Due to limited resources, KCPHD is unable to report out on specific CWU numbers. As such, CWU will not be updating this page with numbers of active student cases this summer. Once plans are confirmed for CICT and the reporting of numbers in the fall, we will provide an update to the CWU community.
Terms and Definitions
Below is a list of commonly used COVID-19-related terms and their definitions.
Surveillance – The continuous gathering of health and disease data to monitor a population's health status in order to provide or revise services.
Passive Surveillance – The passive gathering of disease data from health care reporting authorities including laboratories, physicians, and hospitals, not stimulated by reminders or receiving feedback.
Active Surveillance – An active surveillance protocol is when public health authorities initiate disease data gathering from health care reporting authorities including laboratories, physicians, hospitals, or the general population. Active surveillance is typically initiated when the number of positive cases of an infectious disease exceeds the expected or baseline number.
Outbreak – A larger number of cases of a disease or condition than is expected. Outbreak definitions are determined by routine surveillance of each individual disease or condition, based on person, place, and time. For COVID-19 disease, an outbreak is 2 or more epidemiologically linked positive cases.
Epidemiological Link – A person, place, or time association/correlation between a confirmed case of disease and an exposed individual.
Epidemiology – The study of disease and health determinants in a population, often described by person, place, and time.
Close Contact – Someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 identified you as having an at-risk of exposure to disease, based on one or more of the following criteria:
- You were within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of someone who tested positive for COVID-19
- You provided care at home to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
- You were sneezed on, coughed on, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you from someone who tested positive for COVID-19
Close contacts are not tested immediately because early tests are highly unlikely to reveal any accurate results because of the time required to build a detectable viral load.
Contact Tracing – A strategy that allows close contacts of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 to be notified in time to prevent further disease transmission. This is done to ensure resources are available for appropriate medical evaluation of those who may become symptomatic and to allow for successful quarantine or isolation of contacts during the potential time frame when they may be infectious (whether they are asymptomatic or not).
Kittitas County Public Health Department’s contact tracing strategy is integral to keeping our community healthy. The county’s contact tracers are trained to identify high-risk or close contacts, provide timely notifications, facilitate testing, and offer guidance on quarantining or self-isolating to prevent further transmission.
Surveillance Testing – Involves testing a selection of people from across campus to identify asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals and help avert potential outbreaks before they occur. Surveillance testing is currently being done by a nasal swab.
Diagnostic Testing – Involves testing those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.