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Thank you to Stone Wings II for your $2000 donation towards helping FISH continue and expand our services throughout Kittitas County.  We appreciate your partnership and support!

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This is a Public Service Announcement to help the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in Kittitas County.

This is a Public Service Announcement to help the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in Kittitas County.This is a Public Service Announcement to help the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in Kittitas County. The Incident Management Team has provided a FAQ on the disbursement of the COVID-19 vaccine, see below for their answers.

Who do I contact about getting the vaccine?
Right now, we are providing as much information to the public as possible via press release, social media, and voice messaging in Kittitas County.

Should I get on a waiting list for the COVID vaccine?
There is no waiting or notification list for future COVID-19 vaccine. As we receive additional information from the State on vaccine availability and tier changes, we will share this via press release, social media and voice messaging in Kittitas County.

When can I get the vaccine?
If you are in the 1a category you are eligible to receive a vaccine and should speak with your agency lead regarding getting on the vaccine schedule. We are waiting for additional vaccine supply. The 1b guidelines have been released by the state. When we receive additional vaccine supply and clearance from the State, we will begin vaccinating B1. buff.ly/3bCsXi8 is a graph provided by that state that shows a tentative timeline.

When are we getting more vaccine in the county?
We have requested more vaccine; however, we do not know when it will arrive. We have specifically requested Pfizer vaccine; we believe our county has a higher likelihood of getting Pfizer because of the difficult logistical issues in holding that vaccine. We will send out a press release whenever we receive additional vaccine.

Where can I get the vaccine?
For the first round of 1a, vaccine was distributed at Kittitas Valley Healthcare. For the first round of b, the county will choose a point of distribution for people to come for vaccine. That location is under determination now by the IMT. Eventually, with increased supply, individuals will ultimately have access in various ways either by healthcare provider, pharmacy, or possible community vaccine clinic.

What does the state mean when they use terms like co-morbidities or multigenerational?
We are directing questions about state guidelines to the state. Phase 1, Tier B was just recently released. We anticipate more clarification from the state in the coming days.

I am in the 1a category and didn’t get a vaccine. How do I get a vaccine now?
If you are in the 1a category, please reach out to your agency/employer leadership. Agency/employer leadership should reach out to Kittitas Valley Healthcare.

I’ve had COVID-19. Do I still need the vaccine?
The recommendation is to get a vaccine after you have cleared the illness. Evidence suggests that it is uncommon for reinfection after 90 days from an initial infection and should consider getting the vaccine at that time. You also do not need to get an antibody test in order to get a COVID-19 vaccine if you have already had COVID.
The IMT has a branch of personnel specifically in place to request, plan for, and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. Our goal will continue to be efficient distribution, which does not include stockpiling or wasting vaccine. As soon as additional vaccine supplies enter our county, they will be distributed to the individuals in the released phases and tiers provided by the state.

To read about COVID-19 vaccine, please visit buff.ly/2d9xU38 or buff.ly/AlOO8x. If you have questions about COVID-19 testing, you may contact your healthcare provider or the KVH COVID clinic at 509-933-8850. If you have questions about your health, please contact your healthcare provider. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the Emergency Department at KVH.
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FISH is participating in the SWAP program.  Clients are encouraged to ask their grocery guides for more information on how to use the system.  Donors are encouraged to donate the healthiest foods they can, especially those low in sodium, saturated fat and sugar.

What is SWAP?
• Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP) is a Stoplight Nutrition Ranking System
designed to help promote healthy food choices at food banks and food pantries.
The goal of SWAP is to create an easy to use, easy to understand nutrition
ranking system to categorize food offered in food pantries, and to encourage
clients to choose healthy items.
Why is this important?
• More than half of the families who visit food pantries have a household member
with high blood pressure and one-third have a member with type II diabetes.
• These chronic diseases can often be prevented, managed, and reversed through
the foods we eat.
• This system will help clients make healthy choices, and influence the types of
food donated to the pantry.
How does SWAP work?
To rank foods, SWAP uses this
information from the nutrition food
label:
• Saturated fat
• Sodium
• Sugar
Why only these nutrients?
• These nutrients are the most
dangerous ones for chronic
diseases
• These are listed as “nutrients to
limit” in the United States Dietary
Guidelines for 2015.

Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP) is a program of Foodshare. SWAP was developed by researchers at the Univ. of Saint Joseph
(USJ) Department of Nutrition and Public Health and SNAP-Ed program, and was a collaboration between USJ, the UConn Rudd Center
for Food Policy & Obesity, and the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. Funding to develop SWAP was provided by USDA’s
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Johns Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center.

FISH is participating in the SWAP program. Clients are encouraged to ask their grocery guides for more information on how to use the system. Donors are encouraged to donate the healthiest foods they can, especially those low in sodium, saturated fat and sugar.

"What is SWAP?
• Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP) is a Stoplight Nutrition Ranking System
designed to help promote healthy food choices at food banks and food pantries.
The goal of SWAP is to create an easy to use, easy to understand nutrition
ranking system to categorize food offered in food pantries, and to encourage
clients to choose healthy items.
Why is this important?
• More than half of the families who visit food pantries have a household member
with high blood pressure and one-third have a member with type II diabetes.
• These chronic diseases can often be prevented, managed, and reversed through
the foods we eat.
• This system will help clients make healthy choices, and influence the types of
food donated to the pantry.
How does SWAP work?
To rank foods, SWAP uses this
information from the nutrition food
label:
• Saturated fat
• Sodium
• Sugar
Why only these nutrients?
• These nutrients are the most
dangerous ones for chronic
diseases
• These are listed as “nutrients to
limit” in the United States Dietary
Guidelines for 2015.

Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP) is a program of Foodshare. SWAP was developed by researchers at the Univ. of Saint Joseph
(USJ) Department of Nutrition and Public Health and SNAP-Ed program, and was a collaboration between USJ, the UConn Rudd Center
for Food Policy & Obesity, and the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. Funding to develop SWAP was provided by USDA’s
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Johns Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center.
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