The number of death in Washington due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has increased to 74 and the number of confirmed cases now is 1,376 according to the State Department of Health as of 3 PM March 19, 2020.
There is still only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Mason County.
The largest number of cases (693) and deaths (60) are in King County. Snohomish County has 348 confirmed cases with seven deaths. There are 151 confirmed conronavirus case that have not been assigned a county.
In counties adjacent to Mason County, Pierce has 75 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death. Kitsap has a dozen cases. Thurston County has six confirmed cases. There are now four Coronavirus cases in Jefferson County. And sitll one in Grays Harbor County.
Public health experts agree that the true number of people who have been infected with COVID-19 in Washington greatly exceeds the number of COVID-19 infections that have been laboratory-confirmed. It is very difficult to know exactly how many people in Washington have been infected to date since most people with COVID-19 experience mild illness and the ability to get tested is still not widely available.
According to Mason County’s daily information release, Mason Health began offering a drive-through location for patients with symptoms of coronavirus and are high risk on March 19th. However, these tests are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and must be pre-screened and scheduled through the COVID-19 Respiratory Triage Call Line (360 427-3615).
If the patient presents to the clinic as a walk-in, screening may be done at the clinic following the usual process at this time. At this time, the location will not be accepting any patients through the new drive-through testing site who have not been pre-screened.
Mason County Public Health is conducting contact interviews regarding the confirmed case of COVID-19 in Mason County and if you are a contact from anywhere in the world, you will be notified.