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Inslee Announces Plan for Vaccine Distribution & Administration

Gov. Jay Inslee Monday announced an updated statewide vaccine distribution and administration plan to increase the number of Washingtonians vaccinated and establish infrastructure capable of mass vaccinations in the coming months. With the expanded vaccine distribution system, the state set a goal of vaccinating 45,000 Washingtonians per day.

Included in the plan is the Washington State Vaccine Command and Coordination Center, a new statewide public-private partnership to boost vaccine distribution efforts. The collaboration includes Washington corporations, labor unions, health care groups and government entities.

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Mason County Ends Week with 25 COVID-19 Cases

Mason County Public Health reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Friday, January 15, 2021. Health officials also confirmed an additional death from the virus, bringing that number to 17. With 234 new COVID-18 cases in the last 14 days, Mason County’s rate of new cases per 100,000 over two weeks is now 360.

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WSP Personnel Start to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Washington State Patrol (WSP) employees are beginning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on a volunteer basis.

The WSP is working in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) ensuring the vaccine is available to employees wanting to be vaccinated.

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Tacoma Power Releasing Water into Skokomish River

Tacoma Power will release water into the North Fork Skokomish River beginning Sunday. According to Mason County Department of Emergency Management, the flow will increase from 300 cfs (cubic feet per second0 to 850 cfs and remain at that level until Thursday.

PUD 3 Manager to Serve Another Term on Public Power Council

On January 7, 2021, Mason PUD 3’s Manager, Annette Creekpaum, was re-elected to the Executive Committee of the Public Power Council (PPC) for the 2021-2022 term. The 21 members of the Executive Committee are elected by PPC’s member utilities and serve two-year terms. This will be Creekpaum’s second term, holding the position of Vice Chair, Administration & Budget.

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Roadmap to Recovery: All Regions Stay Phase 1

Friday, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, all eight (8) regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, January 25, 2021.

Mason County is in the Northwest Region with Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties.

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Six COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Thursday

Mason County Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Mason County’s rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over two weeks is now 337 – down from Wednesday’s 346. There have been 219 new cases in the last 14 days.

Health officials are also seeking volunteers to help with COVID-19 respond. If you want to volunteer, go to to sign up, and be sure to fill in the organization as Mason County MRC (Medical Reserve Corp).

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SR-302 Reopens Near Victor

During the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 14, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews fully reopened State Route 302 near Victor. The roadway was closed following roadway settlement that damaged both directions of highway at milepost 4.5.

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List of Future Major Airports Includes Shelton

The Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission released its Phase I report that includes several recommendations, including a preliminary list of six airport sites with potential for expansion. Shelton’s Sanderson Field is one of those six sites along with Bremerton National Airport. The report also includes a proposal to meet near-term aviation demand at two or more existing airports while the work to locate a new airport continues and a proposal to extend the CACC’s final recommendation deadline to 2024.

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