Last child care facility in Ellensburg to reopen following E. coli outbreak
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- No additional E. coli cases according to a statement sent Friday by the Kittitas County Public Health Department.
Three child care facilities were temporarily closed for a week due to the E. coli outbreak first reported July 2. Two facilities, Creative Kids Learning Center and Little Tot Town, reopened July 7. The third center, Foursquare Church Daycare and Preschool will reopen on July 12.
Kittitas County Public Health Department leaders say they no longer are requiring testing for E. coli illness before returning to care, based on the incubation period of the illness. However, children and staff of the three facilities who have not been tested must be cleared by the Health Department to return to care before August 2.
"It appears that this outbreak is winding down," according to Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson in a statement. "Proper hand hygiene and the separation of ill children from well children are important to reducing the spread of the illness from one person to another."
Contact you local health care provider if you or your child develops symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal cramping. As with any illness, individuals who are ill should stay home from child care or work to prevent the spread of illness.