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Half-Dozen New COVID-19 Cases in Mason County

Mason County Public Health confirmed Thursday, July 30, 2020 six new cases of Novel Coronavirus in Mason County.

A July 30th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (7/29/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of six (6) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to One hundred sixty-two (162) positive cases in Mason County. Mason County Public Health is continuing contact interviews. Many positive cases are within the same family or multi-family household.

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All Claim Types for Unemployment Decrease

During the week of July 19 through July 25, there were 28,840 initial regular unemployment claims (down 1.7% from the prior week) and 677,355 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 0.6% from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

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Another 14 COVID-19 Cases in Mason County

Another 14 Mason County resident have tested positive for the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

A news release dated Wednesday, July 19, 2020 says: “Since the last release (7/28/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of fourteen (14) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to One hundred fifty-six (156) positive cases in Mason County. Mason County Public Health is continuing contact interviews. Many positive cases are within the same family or multi-family household. Mason County is testing at more than twice the rate than during April peak.”

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DEA Warns of Scammers Impersonating DEA Employees

The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls by scammers posing as DEA employees attempting to defraud and extort victims. The schemers call the victims, spoofing DEA phone numbers in order to appear legitimate, and threaten arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities unless victims pay a “fine” over the phone, via wire transfer, or through a gift card.

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WIAA Releases Dates for Sport Seasons

The WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) has released more information on high school sports for the 2020-2021 school year. At it’s Tuesday, July 28th meeting, the WIAA Executive Board continued its planning for the upcoming school year and took action on a number of items regarding the scheduling of sports and activities. This includes seven-week competition schedule, February 17th as the date for football practices to begin, and girls’ swimming and diving being moved from season 1 to season 3.

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North Mason Schools Going All Online

The North Mason School District will hold all classes online in the fall. District Superintendent Dana Rosenbach made the announcement Tuesday, July 28, 2020 and called the decision “difficult” and saying “We are not able to safely offer in-person instruction this fall.”

Superintendent Rosenbach Announcement

Throughout the summer we have shared updates on our reopening plans. Since then, circumstances have changed. Today, we are joining several other school districts in our region to announce a difficult decision. We are not able to safely offer in-person instruction this fall. We will begin the 2020-21 school year in a fully-remote learning model. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in our state and here in Mason and Kitsap Counties. Health experts have cautioned against repetitive gatherings, like the re-opening of schools, given the escalating spread of COVID-19. While we do recognize the importance of educating our students in person, our priority remains the physical health and safety of our students and their families, our staff, and our community. We’ll be posting answers to frequently asked questions that our families may have about our plans, but we know you may have other questions. We simply don’t have all the answers yet, but we will share them as we can. Please visit our website to see what our multi-step plan for reopening looks like. https://www.nmsd.wednet.edu/Stay well,Superintendent Rosenbach

Posted by North Mason School District on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

More information is available on the District’s website: https://www.nmsd.wednet.edu/News/learning-model#sthash.ocQmisag.dpbs

First day of school is September 2, 2020.

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Dozen More COVID-19 Positive Cases in Mason County

A dozen more Mason County residents have tested positive for Novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Mason County Public Health announced Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

A news release says: “Since the last release (7/27/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of twelve (12) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to One hundred forty-two (142) positive cases in Mason County. Mason County Public Health is continuing contact interviews. Many positive cases are within the same family or multi-family household. Mason County is testing at more than twice the rate than during April peak.”

Mason County COVID-19 Cases Rise by 20

Mason County’s number of resident who tested positive for Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) increased by 20 Monday, July 27, 2020. The number of COVID-19 positive in the County is now 130 with 42 active cases.

Monday’s news release says, “Since the last release (7/24/2020), Mason County Public Health was notified of Twenty (20) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to One hundred thirty (130) positive cases in Mason County. Mason County Public Health is continuing contact interviews. The patients are currently isolating at home.”

The news release also states, “There are no current outbreaks to report, many positive cases are within the same family or multi-family household. Mason County is testing at more than twice the rate than during April peak. Case numbers represent specific individuals not the number of tests that an individual may have had. In some cases, Mason County staff will receive case information prior to Washington State Dept. of Health. This can result in discrepancies when reviewing data from multiple agencies.”

Physical Therapist Vanessa Creed Awarded Orthopedic Specialist Board Certification

Mason Health’s Rehabilitation Services Department has earned yet another prestigious designation. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association awarded Vanessa Creed, PT, DPT, with the professional title of board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. At Mason Health, Creed joins Keith Schmidt, PT, DPT, who became a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in 2018.

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Information Sought on Assault, Stabbing at McDonald’s

The Shelton Police Department is looking for anyone who may have witnessed or has knowledge about an assault that took place Saturday night in the McDonald’s drive-through.

According to a news release, Shelton Police Officers were dispatched to a large disturbance in the McDonald’s drive-through just before 9 PM Saturday, July 25th. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim with a large laceration on his arm and superficial stab wounds to his chest and head. The victim’s vehicle’s windows were smashed, and had large dents to the frame, presumably from a bat or pipe. The suspect or suspects fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. The victim was transported to Mason General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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