Mason County Reports One COVID-19 Case Wednesday

Mason County Public Health reported only one new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

1 Mason County may receive case information prior to Washington State Dept. of Health, which can result in discrepancies between agencies. 2 Testing data provided by Washington State Dept. of Health. 3 Case numbers represent a single individual testing positive for COVID-19, individuals receiving multiple tests are only counted as a single case if found positive.

A September 2nd, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (9/1/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of One (1) additional Mason County resident that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Three Hundred Forty-Nine (349) positive cases in Mason County. Mason County staff are performing case investigations and tracing close contacts to reduce spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

The release again reminds resident: “If you are showing symptoms for COVID-19, early testing is encouraged. At the earliest signs of symptoms, please reach out to the Respiratory Illness Triage line at 360-427-3615. They can assist you in scheduling an appointment at Mason Health’s Drive Thru COVID-19 testing.”

How does COVID-19 Spread? According to CDC the virus is thought to spread mainly from people to people.
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet)
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks
• Droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby
• Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms

Was I Exposed to COVID-19? According to CDC an exposure means:
• Closer than 6 feet without a mask for 15 minutes or more to a confirmed positive
• Exposed to body fluids of a confirmed positive without gloves or protective equipment

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 everyone should:
• Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with others (within 6 feet w/out mask for 15 min.)
• Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others and always cover your coughs and sneezes
• Monitor your health daily and stay home if you are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms

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