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Beware of Stimulus Checks Scams

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is warning Washingtonians about scams related to stimulus payments from the federal government to help people get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal government will not ask to confirm your personal or banking details by email, phone or text message, or demand a “processing fee” to obtain or expedite your stimulus payment. Do not click on links in email or text messages relating to the stimulus checks and do not provide your personal information.

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6th Positive COVID-19 Test in Mason County

Another Mason County resident has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total of confirmed positives in the county to six. Mason County Public Health was notified of this sixth positive test on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Public Health is conducting contact interviews at this time. The patient, a female in her 40s, is currently isolating at home.

Due to Mason County being a small community, location data of positive cases will not be released to reduce the possibility of patient identification and to protect personal health information.

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Mason Health March Employee of Month: Lea Sorley

For the past 15 years, Lea Sorley, RN, has worked as a registered nurse in the Surgery Department at Mason General Hospital, a job she excels at because she prioritizes teamwork and keeping patients safe. Her can-do attitude and positive demeanor inspires her coworkers each day to come together and care for patients. Mason Health is proud to name Lea Sorley the March Employee of the Month.

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Corrections Has Immediate Need for Correctional Officers

With response to COVID-19 expected to affect the Department of Corrections’ staffing levels over the coming months, the department is implementing an expedited hiring and training process for ‘Limited Scope Correctional Officer 1 (CO1)’ positions.

Monday Corrections launched Rapid Staff Hiring– statewide recruitment for all facilities. Using an expedited process, the department expects to recruit, screen, interview, test and train new limited-scope CO1s in a 32-day period.

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Inslee Provides Enforcement Guidance on ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ Order

Gov. Jay Inslee announced guidance Monday for state and local enforcement of his recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The state has created a one-stop online form for reporting businesses potentially violating orders and is providing guidance to local law enforcement on enforcing bans on gatherings of individuals.

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Tacoma Power to Conduct Cushman Siren Test

Tacoma Power will conduct its annual emergency siren test on Wednesday, April 1. The siren at the Cushman No. 2 Dam will sound at 1 p.m. and include an announcement of the test. The test will last about 90 seconds.

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County COVID-19 Cases Increase to Five

The number of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Mason County has increased to five. Mason County Public Health was notified Monday, March 30, 2020 of three additional County residents testing positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to five positive case of COVID-19 in Mason County. Mason County Public Health is conducting contact interviews at this time. The patients are currently isolating at home. Case information is as follows:

• Male in 60’s
• Male in 50’s
• Male in 70’s

As expected, Mason County officials received a lot of test results Monday. This is due to a backlog in testing, not an acceleration of the virus. Please continue to follow the advice of Public Health Officials and social distancing practices.

Stay Home, Limit Travel, Save Lives

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Mason Health Prioritizes Women’s Health

Mason Health is committed to its Vision of offering the best patient-centered care in the Pacific Northwest. By recruiting and retaining skilled providers and working with community partners to purchase much-needed medical equipment, Mason Health is keeping services local so patients can receive the best level of care in their own communities. This past fall, Mason Health began to offer laparoscopic hysterectomies at Mason General Hospital, and earlier this year, the Karen Hilburn Cancer Fund, a chapter of the Mason General Hospital Foundation, donated $104,000 toward the purchase of vital women’s health equipment. Now, women will not have to travel out of county for important services unique to their needs.

Dr. Andrea Martin, MD, far left, and Dr. Carey Martens, DO, perform a laparoscopic hysterectomy on a patient in January.
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WSDOT Suspends Most Construction Work Due to COVID-19

Following the state Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, WSDOT has suspended most state construction work for at least two weeks. WSDOT asked contractor partners to safely secure construction jobsites by the end of the day, Thursday, March 26. However, work to complete fish passage culvert work will continue in order to make progress on the federal court injunction deadlines and to comply with time-sensitive fish windows for in-water work.

There is one such project in Mason County:

US 101 – Coffee Creek – Remove Fish Barrier
Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 346.8
Description:  Crews are building a new alignment for Coffee Creek as part of a WSDOT fish barrier removal project. 
Work Schedule: See below:

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