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One COVID-19 Case in Mason County Friday

Mason County Public Health reported one new case of COVID-19 in the County on Friday, October 23, 2020. The number of active cases dropped to 51 but now two people are hospitalized.

The October 23rd, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (10/22/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of One (1) additional Mason County resident that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Five Hundred Fifty-Three (553) positive cases in Mason County.”

DOH to release monthly report on Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is releasing new data about how many cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) are occurring statewide. This report will be published monthly and include county-level counts of MIS-C cases. There has been one case reported in Mason County.

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Feedback Sought on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts.

Officials have posted the interim vaccine distribution plan. Now, as one component of a larger engagement strategy, the department is seeking additional feedback to help us understand the best ways to equitably distribute the vaccine as the department moves forward.

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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, October 22, 2020. The number of active cases is now 56 with one person hospitalized.

The October 22nd, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (10/21/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Six (6) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Five Hundred Fifty-Two (552) positive cases in Mason County.”

Initial Unemployment Claim Decreased, Continued Claims Increased 10/11 to 10/17

During the week of October 11 – 17, there were 16,890 initial regular unemployment claims (down 24.3 percent from the prior week) and 491,241 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 3.0 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 172 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
  • Initial regular initial claims, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims all decreased while continued claims increased over the week.

In the week ending October 17, ESD paid out over $149 million for 310,901 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March, ESD has paid more than $11.8 billion in benefits to over a million Washingtonians.

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Eight New COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Wednesday

Mason County Public Health reported eight new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. This brings the number of active cases to 52 with one person hospitalized.

The October 21st, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (10/20/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Eight (8) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Five Hundred Forty-Six (546) positive cases in Mason County.”

Tuesday COVID-19 Report: 1 Death, 2 New Cases

The COVID-19 report from Mason County Public Health for Tuesday, October 20, 2020 includes one death and two new cases. This is the ninth Mason County resident to succumb to the virus and specific information on the deceased has not been released. However, this death does appear to be connected to the outbreak at Fir Lane Health & Rehabilitation in Shelton. The number of active COVID-19 cases is currently 47 with no one hospitalized.

The October 20th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (10/19/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Two (2) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Five Hundred Thirty-Eight (538) positive cases in Mason County. Mason County received the unfortunate news of an additional death related to COVID-19. Our condolences go out to the family during this sad time.”

City of Shelton Completes Bond Refunding, Saves $3 Million

[VIDEO] The City of Shelton outperformed initial estimates to ultimately save a little over $3 million with successful completion of the bond refunding process. Director of Financial Services, Aaron BeMiller, provided an update to the Shelton City Council Tuesday night.

The bond sale took place on October 14 and exceeded the City’s savings estimates. The number of orders for City bonds was well in excess of the number available for sale, which allowed the City’s underwriters and financial advisor to make some adjustments to maximize savings.

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Port of Grapeview Earns Creative Partnership Award

The Port of Grapeview has earned the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) 2020 Creative Partnership award. The WPPA produced the video below.

The Port won the award for its partnership with volunteers, community leaders, and the Recreation and Conservation Office to improve the boat launch at Fair Harbor and the upland improvements in the works.

County Unemployment Drops Slightly

Mason County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September. Preliminary numbers from the Washington State Employment Security Department say the County’s unemployment rate last month dropped six-tenths of a percentage point to 9.2 percent, down from August’s revised rate of 9.8 percent. Last month’s unemployment rate was nearly four percent (3.8%) higher than September 2019’s rate of 5.4 percent.

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