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All Unemployment Claims Decreased, Again

During the week of July 26 through August 1, there were 24,985 initial regular unemployment claims (down 13.4% from the prior week) and 656,556 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 3.1% 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 346 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
  • Regular Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims as well as continuing claims all decreased over the previous week.

ESD paid out over $575.5 million for 444,580 individual claims – an increase of $2.2 million and 2,394 more individuals compared to the prior week.

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Inslee Announces Education Recommendations for 2020–2021 School Year

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced new recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health for resuming in-person instruction in public and private K-12 education for the upcoming 2020–2021 school year. Inslee was joined by Chris Reykdal, state Superintendent of Public Instruction at a press conference.

Similar to the state’s county-by-county phased approach to reopening, the plan allows local health departments and school districts decide if and how they will allow students back in the classroom.

Note: The Shelton and North Mason school districts decided last week to start the school year with online learning.

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No Significant Changes in Election Results

There were no significant changes in the latest Primary Election results after more ballots were processed and counted Wednesday with incubments still leading and fire district measures still passing.

The closest race in Mason County is still Mason County Fire District 16’s Emergency Medical Services Levy. Now there is a two-vote difference with 516 voting “Yes” and 514 voting “No.”

The merger of Mason County Fire District 1 into Mason County Fire District 18 is still passing with 79 percent approval. That 237 voting in favor and 63 voting against.

The approval of Mason County Fire District 4’s EMS Levy increase to 57.98 percent. Now 1,409 are voting “Yes” and 1,021 are voting “No.”

The North Mason Regional Fire Authority’s Emergency Medical Services Levy also picked up a few votes and is now passing with 69.86 percent approval. That’s 2,427 voting “Yes” and 1,047 voting “No.”

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Five New COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Wednesday

Mason County Public Health reported Wednesday, August 5, 2020 five more County residents have tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The total number of cases in Mason County is now over 200. However, the number of active cases has dropped to 44 with three hospitalized outside the County.

The August 5th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (8/4/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Five (5) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Two Hundred and One (201) positive cases in Mason County. Mason County Public Health is continuing contact interviews.

“When a positive case completes their isolation period and is released by Local Public Health, they can return to work and normal activities.

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Federal Lands on Olympic Peninsula Move to Moderate Fire Danger

In cooperation with state and local partners, and with increased warm temperatures and dry weather conditions, the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park, under the guidance of the Olympic Interagency Fire Management Team, have moved to moderate fire danger conditions on federal public lands.

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Olympic College Mostly Online for Fall Quarter

Olympic College will continue offering mostly online instruction and services for Fall Quarter, with a few exceptions for programs classified as essential by the governor’s office.

With more than 1,000 online courses to choose from, and virtual offices for every department, students can stay on track in their programs of study.

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Initial Primary Election Results

The initial Primary Election results show incumbents leading their races and fire district measures passing with one currently separated by one vote.

After results were released Tuesday night, Mason County Fire District 16’s Emergency Medical Services Property Tax Levy had 422 voting “Yes” and 421 voting “No.”

The vote to merge Mason County Fire District 1 into Mason County Fire District 18 has 79.04 percent approval with 215 voting for the measure and 57 voting against.

Mason County Fire District 4’s EMS Levy is passing with 57.23 percent approval. That’s 1,120 voting “Yes” and 837 voting “No.”

North Mason Regional Fire Authority’s Emergency Medical Services Levy has a 68.5 percent approval rate with 1,855 voting “Yes” and 853 voting “No.”

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Watch Shelton City Council

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the August 4, 2020 Shelton City Council meeting. Council members and City staff are meeting via Zoom video conferencing. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC is providing a live video stream of that Zoom meeting beginning at 6 PM. If you would like to provide public comment please email jeff.niten@sheltonwa.gov or call (360) 432-5105. Your comments will be relayed directly to the Council. There are two ways to watch the council meeting live at 6 PM: hcc.net/news and MasonWebTV.com. You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/news or MasonWebTV.com. Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 3 PM and Saturday at 9 AM.

Click here for the meeting’s agenda.

11 More COVID-19 Cases in Mason County

Tuesday, August 4, 2020, Mason County Public Health reported 11 more cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mason County.

The August 4th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. new release says: “Since the last release (8/3/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of eleven (11) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to One Hundred Ninety-Six (196) positive cases in Mason County. Mason County Public Health is continuing contact interviews.

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New Report Highlights Outbreak Data Across the State

A new report from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) helps illustrate which types of businesses and facilities experience the most COVID-19 outbreak activity. These data are aggregated from all counties that report data to DOH, and the report contains both healthcare and non-healthcare related data.

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