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COVID-19 Activity Intensifying Across Washington

Wednesday, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission, which shows a general rise in the intensity of the epidemic in both western and eastern Washington. State Health Officer Kathy Lofy summarized the report during a news conference Wednesday:

Report findings include:

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This Weekend: Change Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms

This weekend, we set our clocks back one hour. 

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that this is also a great time to check that smoke alarms are operating properly.  

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Public Works Board Approves $17.8 million for Broadband Construction

The Washington State Public Works Board announced nearly $18 million in grants and loans for seven broadband construction projects in unserved communities across the state and Hood Canal Communications will be receiving a nearly $200,000 loan.

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No New COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Tuesday

There were NOT any new cases of COVID-19 reported in Mason County on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Mason County Public Health reported “Zero (0) new confirmed positive COVID-19 test results of Mason County residents.” The number of active cases is 55 and the total number of COVID-19 cases in the County since the pandemic started remains at 563.

Inslee Announces Western States Workgroup on COVID-19 Vaccines

[VIDEO] Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that Washington is joining other western states to review the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines when approved by the FDA.

This is an added layer of independent expert review that will help build confidence in the vaccine.

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Fire Destroys Shelton Home

A fire destroyed a house on Beverly Boulevard in Shelton early Sunday morning but firefighters were able to save a nearby garage.

According to a news release, the fire was reported at 6:44 AM. The first-arriving Central Mason Fire & EMS unit was on-scene five minutes later and reported a “heavily involved” residential structure. The separate metal garage building was located within two feet of the burning house so fire crews concentrated on saving that building and its contents.

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DEA and USPS Unveil Drug Free USA Forever Stamp

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Acting Administrator Timothy Shea welcomed U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, and National Family Partnership President Peggy Sapp for the unveiling of the Drug Free USA Forever stamp at DEA headquarters Monday. The stamp promotes drug abuse prevention and helps raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse.

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Ten New COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Monday

There were ten new cases of COVID-19 in Mason County on Monday, October 26, 2020, according to Mason County Public Health. Four of those new cases are related to the outbreak at Fir Lane Health & Rehabilitation in Shelton. The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the County is now 61 with one person hospitalized.

The October 26th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (10/23/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Ten (10) additional Mason County resident that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Five Hundred Sixty-Three (563) positive cases in Mason County.”

Halloween Fire Safety

Scarecrows, jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts, and dried cornstalks all show that it’s time for Halloween once again in Washington. Unfortunately, Halloween decorations can become truly scary if they catch fire. By planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one.

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