Mason County Public Health reported eight new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. The County’s number of active cases dropped from 140 to 136 but Mason County’s rate of new cases per 100,000 over two weeks increased from 285 to 291. This number is calculated using a population of 64,980 and 189 new cases in the last 14 days.
Tuesday’s news release says the health department will discontinue their single page information releases and start providing a link to a website daily where this data will be updated weekdays by the end of business. There will also be changes in what information will be provided including demographics and active case numbers.
The December 15th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (12/14/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Eight (8) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to One Thousand and Seventeen (1,017) positive cases in Mason County.
“Notice: Mason County Public Health will be changing how our COVID-19 information is released and viewed. This single page Information release will be discontinued. We will be providing a link to the website daily, where this data will be updated Monday -Friday by end of business. You will see changes on what information is being provided. The case age and gender demographics will be available through a link to the Washington State DOH dashboard to view. Due to inconsistency in case participation in the interview and isolation process, active case numbers will no longer be listed. We recommend taking interest in the positivity rate per 100,000. This data uses the total number of positive cases in Mason County over the last 2 weeks. This is also the rate used by schools and other entities to gage case increase and for planning purposes. This format of releasing information is similar to our neighboring counties and will be more available to those not using social media.”