Mason County Public Health reports the first positive COVID-19 test in the County. According to a news release, Mason County Public Health was notified of the positive test on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Testing was conducted on March 13th at Mason Clinic in Shelton. The patient is currently quarantined at home. Public Health is conducting contact interviews at this time.
Specific information about the person who tested positive has not been released. However, there are reports that identify the patient as a Hoodsport man in his 80s.
In Washington State, there are 1,012 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus with 52 deaths. Mason County Public Health says it is likely that more cases will be confirmed in our communities in the future. Public Health, together with its healthcare, emergency management and law enforcement partners, has been working to respond to this threat. However, help from everyone is needed at this time to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people impacted.
Mason County Public Health is asking that the public do their part to reduce the spread of the virus by doing the following:
- Call ahead and do not go to the emergency room unless seriously ill. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your regular doctor/provider first.
- Stay home when sick and limit close contact with others in your household who are not sick.
- Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you do need to vist one of these facilities call ahead to determine if you will be allowed entry. Facilities have implemented no entry and/or monitored entry.
- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including hand washing with soap and warm water, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
- Limit your interactions and practice social distancing. Work with you family, workplace, and the rest of the community to limit your activities in the upcoming weeks.
- Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Follow Mason County all Hazards on Facebook, www.co.mason.wa.us, www.cdc.gov and www.doh.wa.gov regularly for updates.
Who Should Be Tested for COVID-19
We know many people are wondering, if they have fever and a cough, do they need to get tested for COVID-19? Right now, there is still a screening process and a criteria to be met before a person is deemed eligible for the COVID-19 test.