The second positive case of COVID-19 in Mason County was reported Monday, March 23, 2020. Mason County Public Health says the patient is a female in her 70s and is currently isolating at home. Health officials are conducting contact interviews at this time.
During his update on the coronavirus Monday morning, Dave Windom, Director of Mason County Community Services, told the Mason County Commission 98 county residents have been tested: 96 were negative; two were possitive.
As of 3:07 PM, March 23, 2020, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state is 2,221 with 110 deaths. King County has the most cases with 1,170 and 87 deaths. The number of cases in Snohomish County is now 519 with 11 deaths. Pierce County has 126 confirmed case and one death. There are still 117 cases “Unassigned” to a county.
In counties adjacent to Mason County: Kitsap has 18 confirmed cases; Thurston County has 11 confirmed cases; Jefferson has seven; and there is 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. It is also likely that more cases will be confirmed in the future.
Officials continue to ask the public to do their part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:
- Limit your interactions and practice social distancing. Work with your family, workplace, and the rest of the community to limit your activities in the upcoming weeks.
- 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 visit 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 or older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune systems.
- Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Follow Mason County All Hazards News on Facebook, or go to www.co.mason.wa.us, www.cdc.gov and www.doh.wa.gov.