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State Highway Construction 5/17 to 5/23

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjacent areas from May 17, 2020 to May 23, 2020.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 332.7
Description: Brief traffic stops of up to 10 minutes for utility work. 
Work Schedule:  8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 352-356.9
Description: Northbound single lane closures for crack sealing. 
Work Schedule: See below:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 18-21.
Night: 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 18-21 to 4 a.m. each following day. 

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. 

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:

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Heck Initiatives in House-Passed Stimulus Package

Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The HEROES Act is a stimulus package to protect Americans from the economic impacts of the global coronavirus crisis. Multiple provisions put forth by Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) were included in the package.

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Kilmer Votes to Support Frontline Workers and Families Impacted by Coronavirus

Friday, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) voted to support the Heroes Act, comprehensive coronavirus relief legislation to deliver assistance to Washington’s frontline workers, provide further direct help to families, invest in the nation’s testing capacity, and support critical operations for state, county, local, and tribal governments.

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Mason County COVID-19 Cases: 6 Active – 31 Total

A man in his 30’s is Mason County’s 31st positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19). This case, confirmed Friday, increases the number active cases in the county to six.

Mason County Public Health was notified May 15, 2020 of one (1) additional Mason County resident who tested positive. Mason County Public Health is continuing contact interviews. The patient is currently isolating at home.

So far, there have been 1,452 test performed in Mason County.

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New Principal for Shelton High School

Shelton High School has a new Principal, effective July 1, 2020: Bruce Kipper. The Shelton School Board approved hiring Mr. Kipper on Tuesday.

Bruce Kipper has been in education for over 32 years. He is currently the Director of Athletics/Activities at Tempe Union High School District. His educational credentials include K-12 Administrative Certification, Master’s of Counseling, Master’s of Education, Counselor Education, K-12 Guidance Counselor Certification, Teaching Certification, Business Education, and Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education.

His professional experience also includes:

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Mason Health & State Hospital Association Urge Patients to Continue Seeking Care

Mason Health has teamed up with more than 100 hospitals across the state to support the launch of Washington State Hospital Association’s (WSHA) campaign urging members of our communities not to put their health care on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Claims for Unemployment Increased almost 20%

During the week of May 3-9, there were 109,425 initial regular unemployment claims (an increase of 8,663 from the previous week) and 1,301,564 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (an increase of 215,533 from the previous week) filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).

Claims for unemployment in Mason County last week (May 5, 2020 to May 9, 2020) were 736; up from 687 the week before (April 26, 2020 to May 2, 2020).

ESD paid out over $767 million (an increase of almost $130 million from the previous week) for 538,635 individual claims (an increase of 34,496 from the previous week).

Unemployment claim typeWeek of  May 3-9Week of April 26-May 2Week of April 19-25
Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) initial claims109,425100,762137,605
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims55,91159,234190,948
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims47,62640,267168,165
Continued/ongoing weekly claims1,088,602885,768959,190
Total claims1,301,5641,086,0311,455,908
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30 COVID-19 Cases in Mason County

A woman in her 20’s is the latest Mason County resident to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) which brings the number of cases in the county to 30. However, only five of these cases are active.

Mason County Public Health was notified of this positive case on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. A news release says the case was “just assigned from another county.” This means contract tracing has already been conducted and the isolation period is complete. Mason County Public Health is following up with the patient at this time.

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Man Arrested after Climbing Tree over Goldsborough Creek

A Shelton man was arrested Tuesday after violating a No Contact Order and climbing a tree over Goldsborough Creek in an attempt to avoid arrest.

A news release says the incident started about 7 PM when a patrolling Shelton Police officer observed a 43-year-old Shelton man walking with a woman in the area of South 10th Street and Buena Vista Avenue.

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