47 New Cases of COVID-19 in Mason County on Monday, Outbreak at WCC

On the Monday that followed the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend (November 30, 2020), Mason County Public Health reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 in the County. Monday’s report covers five days: November 26 to November 30. The number of active cases in Mason County is now 117 with five people hospitalized (three in Mason County; two outside Mason County.) Mason County’s rate of new cases per 100,000 during the prior two weeks is now 220 – this is based on a population of 64,980 and 143 cases in the last 14 days.

Health officials also acknowledged an outbreak at Washington Corrections Center on Monday. The Department of Corrections says there are 87 confirmed cases at the prison in Shelton – 18 of those are reportedly staff members.

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Watch Mason County Commission Briefings

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the November 30, 2020 Mason County Commission briefings. Commissioners and staff are meeting via Zoom video conferencing. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC is providing a live video stream of that Zoom meeting beginning at 9 AM. There are three ways to watch live: hcc.net/news, MasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website (co.mason.wa.us.) You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/news, MasonWebTV.com or Mason County’s website: co.mason.wa.us.

Times are subject to change, depending on the amount of business presented
9:00 A.M. Support Services — Frank Pinter
9:10 A.M. Community Services — Dave Windom
9:30 A.M. BREAK
10:30 A.M. Public Works — Loretta Swanson
Utilities &Waste Management
10:30— 11:00 Belfair Sewer Project Update—Michael Lubovich, Kennedy-Jenks
11:00— 11:45 Belfair Transportation Update
WSDOT Freight Corridor—Michelle Tragesser, WSDOT
Romance Hill—Ian Lee, Skillings
Log Yard Road—Mike Collins
Commissioner Discussion — as needed

1:30 PM Historic Preservation Commission interviews

Two-Vehicle Head-On South of Hoodsport

A two-vehicle head-on collision south of Hoodsport blocked U.S. Highway 101 for two hours Sunday and sent four to the hospital.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a southbound 1997 Honda Accord drifted into the northbound lane of 101 at milepost 332.2 about 11:30 AM. The driver, a 45-year-old Brinnon man, swerved to the northbound shoulder to miss an oncoming vehicle, then swerved back toward the southbound lane and struck a northbound 2019 Mazda CX-9 SUV head-on, blocking both lanes of travel.

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Watch St. David Episcopal Church Service

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the Sunday service from Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church in Shelton, WA. Live video stream begins 10 to 15 minutes before the 10:30 AM November 29, 2020

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-729717.

St. David’s is partnering with MasonWebTV Powered by HCC to bring their services to the community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-729717.

To support Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church in Shelton, WA, please consider a financial donation. You can donate online at the church’s website: https://sdow.org/ or by clicking the button below.

You can also donate by mail:

St. David of Wales

324 W Cedar

P.O. Box 339

Shelton WA 98584

For more information call the office, (360) 426-8472, or email: info@sdow.org.

Round 3 Business Grant Applications Open Next Week

Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee announced an additional $70 million for business grants. $50 million of that is for a new round of Working Washington business grants. The remainder will go toward funding all qualified businesses that applied in earlier rounds of our resiliency grant program. Applications for those grants will open early next week. (NOTE: Businesses who applied for the resiliency grant program will not need to take any action).

The application portal and additional information will be posted at www.commerce.wa.gov/bizgrants.

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Nine COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Wednesday

Mason County Public Health reported nine additional cases of COVID-19 in the County on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. The number of active cases is now 77 with four people hospitalized. Mason County’s rate of new cases per 100,000 during the prior two weeks is now 211 – based on 137 cases in the last 14 days and population of 64,980. The goal is to get that rate to less than 25 per 100,000.

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Initial & Continued Unemployment Claims Increased 11/15 to 11/21

During the week of November 15 – 21, there were 30,274 initial regular unemployment claims (up 79.8 percent from the prior week) and 464,884 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 7.1 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).  

  • Initial regular claims applications remain at elevated levels and are at 263 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation initial claims increased over the week.
  • Continued/ongoing claims for regular benefits increased 3.5 percent over the week.
  • The increase in initial claims over the week was seen across the nation. Initial claims figures include both new and restarted claims by previous customers.
  • In Washington:
    • Increases occurred predominately in the Accommodation and Food Services sector (+6,937 initial claims).
    • Increases also occurred in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector (+986 initial claims) and Retail trade sector (+779 initial claims).
    • The largest increase by occupation occurred in food preparation and serving (+7,954 over the week). This is likely attributed to the COVID-19 public health restrictions recently put in place.     

In the week ending November 21, ESD paid out over $135.5 million for 282,837 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March, ESD has paid more than $12.5 billion in benefits to over a million Washingtonians.

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PUD 3 Adopts 2021 Budget which Includes Rate Increase, COVID Impacts

On November 24, 2020, Mason PUD 3 Commissioners adopted a $81.5 million budget for 2021, which includes an increase in the daily system charge and the first local energy rate increase since 2016. The adopted budget takes a conservative approach based on the uncertain economic impacts of COVID-19, while also prioritizing the safety and reliability of the essential services the utility provides.

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