Yakima Health District News Release – COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Efforts in Yakima County

In Yakima County, there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. As of July 27, Yakima County had a case rate of 229 per 100,000, which has doubled in the last two weeks. Additionally, 23 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of these new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Yakima County, more than 96% are from people who are not vaccinated. The Yakima Health District acknowledges the need for and importance of continuing to have community-based testing and vaccine distribution. The COVID-19 vaccines are effective and can prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Sites
Previously it was stated that both the Yakima and Sunnyside community-based testing sites would be closing after July 31, 2021. However, due to the recent rise in COVID-19 activity, the community-based testing site at the Yakima State Fair Park will continue to offer testing to the community after July 31st. The Yakima Health District received additional funding from the University of Washington to pay for the testing site. It’s hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00am-2:00pm. The Sunnyside community-based testing site will remain closed after July 31st. Individuals can call 2-1-1 for additional testing sites in their area. COVID-19 testing continues to be recommended for anyone who experiences COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.

Community Vaccination Center
After administering 49,336 doses between the Community Vaccination Center and the mobile sites (data from July 25, 2021), there will no longer be a vaccination site at the Yakima State Fair Park after July 31st. However, the Yakima Health District will continue to have mobile vaccine clinics throughout the county offering free COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 12 years and older. Individuals are encouraged to visit YakimaVaccines.org to find a mobile vaccine location near them.