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Four More COVID-19 Cases in Mason County

Friday, July 31, 2020, Mason County Public Health announced confirmation of four more Mason County residents who tested positive for Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The July 30th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (7/30/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of four (4) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to One hundred sixty-six (166) positive cases in Mason County. Mason County Public Health is continuing contact interviews.

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COVID-19 Still Rising in Washington; No Turnaround Yet

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which outlines similar trends to our previous report. Transmission continues to increase overall in eastern and western Washington.

Report findings include:

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PUD 1 Celebrates Community Solar II Project

Mason County PUD No. 1 unveiled their second community solar project at a drive-in ribbon cutting on Tuesday, July 28th at the PUD’s new warehouse in Potlatch. After construction delays and rescheduling due to the pandemic, persistence paid off as over two dozen customers, community members, and employees came together under proper safety guidelines to celebrate the new solar array.

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Shelton School District Talks Online Learning

Officials with the Shelton School District spent two hours Thursday night discussing the District’s plan to start the 2020-2021 school with all online classes. During the virtual open forum, Superintendent and District staff explained how teachers will utilize the online K-12 platform and answered questions from parents about the “Stage A” plan.

Some of the questions related to the number of classes students will attend daily and child care for working parents. Some parents provided the District with suggestions which staff will look at incorporating as they continue to refine the plan for online education. The District is also waiting for guidance from the OSPI on how to handle attendance and standardized testing.

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Inslee Issues Contact Tracing Proclamation, Protects Personal Information

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation Thursday related to the state’s contact tracing efforts and personal information protection. 

Proclamation 20-64 exempts personally identifiable information collected by COVID-19 case investigators from public disclosure. The proclamation does not provide additional exemptions for employees or volunteers who are conducting the contact tracing work, as the Public Records Act already exempts many types of personal information relating to public employees and volunteers.     

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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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