Wednesday, the Washington State Department of Health updated the definition of a COVID-19 close contact to align with new CDC guidance. The new guidance states that a close contact is defined as someone who was within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes. Previous guidance stated 10 minutes.
Beginning Wednesday, religious and faith-based organizations in Phase 1 counties may host up to 100 people for outdoor services. In Phase 2, they can host up to 25% of their capacity or 50 individuals, whichever is less, as well as conduct in-home services of five people.
With the hiring of three new providers this summer, Mason Health rounds out a year of expansion and enhancement of services offered to the community. This final slate of providers brings the total number of new providers that the District has recruited since last summer to 14. The following three providers will work at Mason Clinic this summer.
The latest statewide modeling report shows COVID-19 transmission trending downwards in western Washington and upwards in eastern Washington. The report estimates differences between counties by combining modeling estimates of how the disease is spreading with data on reported cases.
The report estimates the effective reproductive number – the measure of how many new infections a single COVID-19 case will produce – for different parts of the state. A reproductive number below one means the number of new cases are declining.
Mason County is among the seven counties approved Saturday to move from Phase 1 of the Governor’s “Reopening Washington Plan” to Phase 2.
In a letter to David Windom, Director of Mason County Community Services, Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman wrote, “I have found your application to be complete and your public health, health care, and community resources to be appropriate for the variance consideration.”
The letter also states, “Mason County’s Phase II variance application is hereby approved” with the following conditions:
Saturday, Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved variance applications for Cowlitz, Grant, Island, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific and San Juan counties to move into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan.
The Mason County Commission and Mason County Board of Health approved resolutions Friday morning to apply for the variance which were submitted that afternoon. Mason County officials will be releasing more details soon. The County Commissioners will be discussion this approval during their briefings Tuesday.
The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from May 23, 2020 to May 30, 2020.
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:
- Amid COVID-19 construction effects, WSDOT fish passage work continues in order to make progress on federal court injunction deadlines and to comply with time-sensitive fish windows for in-water work.
- Travelers on Shelton-Matlock Road approaching US 101 are using a temporary two-lane bypass road around the work zone. Travelers can expect a reduced speed limit to 25 mph and occasional traffic stops of up to 15 minutes during work hours, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The bypass road will allow crews to build a new stream channel and install an approximately 96-foot-long box culvert to eventually connect a realigned Coffee Creek under the Shelton-Matlock Road. The channel will link to a replicated natural streambed, which was previously built between Shelton-Matlock Road and the area approaching Goldsborough Creek.
- ?Crews expect to fully reopen the Shelton-Matlock Road by mid-summer.
Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 4.3 to 5
Description: One-way alternating traffic for utility work.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday through Friday, May 22.
Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 1.4
Description: Shoulder closure in both directions for utility work.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday, May 26-27.
A free series of classes de-mystifying money and helping participants feel empowered in making financial decisions is being offered.
Classes will cover all the basics of credit, budgeting, home ownership, investing, insurance, and much more. This class series is specifically for adults and will be held virtually. Upcoming times and dates are Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 26- June 11 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm and are open to those who live in Mason County only.