[VIDEO] There are 19 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Mason County. This information was confirmed during Monday’s Mason County Commission briefing on the outbreak from Dave Windom, Director of Community Services.
Washington State Department of Public Health reports positive test results for COVID-19 in the County where a person lives. Here are some of the contributing factors that result in conflicting numbers:
• Mason County has many residents who are active “snowbirds” that live outside of Mason County, even Washington State, during the winter months. They may test positive to COVID-19 in another state, but their positive test result would count in Mason County if this is their primary residential address.
• Many Mason County residents are active military and are stationed outside of Washington State and could potentially test positive to COVID-19. When this occurs, their positive COVID-19 test result would be reported as a positive test result in Mason County.
• Mason County may also have “residents” who are incarcerated outside of our county. These “residents” may test positive for COVID-19 and again, could be counted as a positive result for Mason County if their last known residential address was here.
Here is the full April 13, 2020 COVID-19 briefing to the Mason County Commission:
Specific information on the 19th positive COVID-19 case in the county (such as age range and gender) has not been released. However, according to Area Commander Ryan Spurling, that person was in the military with a home address in Mason County.