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Four New COVID-19 Case in Mason County Friday, Case Numbers Adjusted

Mason County Public Health reported four new cases of COVID-19 in the County Friday, September 25, 2020. Officials also adjusted the total number of positive cases in Mason County after four previous cases were transferred to other counties. The County’s total number of positive cases remained at 415 with 26 active cases and three hospitalized.

The September 25th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (9/24/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Four (4) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. The total remains Four Hundred Fifteen (415) positive cases in Mason County due to reconciling 4 previous cases that were transferred to other counties. The all case demographics table was updated accordingly. Mason County staff are performing case investigations and tracing close contacts to reduce spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Eight Cases of COVID-19 in Mason County Thursday

Mason County Public Health reported eight new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Thursday, September 24, 2020. The number of active cases in now 25 but the number of hospitalizations has dropped to three.

The September 24th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (9/23/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Eight (8) additional Mason County resident that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Four Hundred Fifteen (415) 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.”

Initial Unemployment Increased, Continued Claims Decreased 9/13 to 9/19

During the week of September 13 through September 19, there were 19,574 initial regular unemployment claims (up 6.4 percent from the prior week) and 540,153 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 4.6 percent from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).  

  • Initial regular claims applications remain at elevated levels and are at 271 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
  • Initial claims applications for regular Unemployment Insurance increased over the week while continued claims for regular Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims all decreased over the week.

ESD paid out over $154.5 million for 337,390 individual claims – a decrease of $2.8 million and 2,963 less individuals compared to the prior week.

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Notice of Value in the Mail

Mason County property owners will find their annual Notice of Value in the mail this week. According to the Mason County Assessor’s website, the annual notices were mailed Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

The Assessor’s announcement of the mailing is below:

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Opening on North Mason School Board

The North Mason School District is seeking applicants to fill an open seat on the North Mason School Board. In August, Craig Patti resigned from his Director, District 5 Seat.

The North Mason School District Board of Directors accepted that resignation last week and invites all qualified residents to apply for appointment to the open position. The selected individual will serve the remainder of a four year term, ending Winter of 2021. Qualifications include residing within the boundaries of District 5 and registered to vote in North Mason School District.

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Mason County Suffers Fourth COVID-19 Death

On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Mason County Public Health reported the County’s fourth death from COVID-19. Specific information on the latest person to succumb to the virus has not been released but the report indicates the person was in the 80+ age range. The Health Department also reported another three new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The number of active cases in Mason County has dropped to 21 while the number of people hospitalized remained at four.

The September 23rd, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (9/22/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Three (3) additional Mason County resident that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Four Hundred and Seven (407) 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. It is with great sadness we announce One (1) additional COVID-19 related death of a Mason County resident.”

Three COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Tuesday

Mason County Public Health reported three new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. The number of active cases is now 27 and there are four hospitalized. One of those hospitalizations is at Mason General Hospital.

The September 22nd, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (9/21/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Three (3) additional Mason County resident that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Four Hundred and Four (404) 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.”

Recreational Fires and Barbecues Now Allowed

Mason County has relaxed some burn restrictions. As off Tuesday, September 22, 2020, recreational fires “in conforming fire pits”, and the use of charcoal briquette barbecues are now allowed but other outdoor burning including land clearing and yard debris fires are still prohibited.

A news release posted to the County’s website (not sent to MasonWebTV Powered by HCC) says:

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Twelve New COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Monday

On Monday, September 21, 2020, Mason County Public Health reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the County. The total number of cases in Mason County is now over 400 with 24 active cases. Four of those active cases are hospitalized with one at Mason General Hospital.

The September 21th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (9/18/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Twelve (12) additional Mason County resident that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Four Hundred and One (401) 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.”

PUD 3 Crew Assists Douglas County after Wildfire

Last week, a crew from Mason PUD 3 helped restore power to approximately 2,400 people in Douglas County affected by the Pearl Hill Fire. The Pearl Hill Fire torched over 223,730 acres and destroyed over 300 power poles.

Left to right: Seth St. John (Heavy Equipment Operator), Blake Knutz (Journeyman Lineman), John Clements (Line Foreman), Brian Evans (Apprentice Lineman), and Matt Schlesser (Journeyman Lineman) not pictured: Ronny McIrvin (Journeyman Lineman).

The PUD 3 crew consisted of of a heavy equipment operator, journeymen linemen, a line foreman and an apprentice. The crew (pictured above) spent five days – working in smokey, dusty, and hot conditions – replacing poles. Some of those poles were unrecognizable.

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