On January 7, 2021, Mason PUD 3’s Manager, Annette Creekpaum, was re-elected to the Executive Committee of the Public Power Council (PPC) for the 2021-2022 term. The 21 members of the Executive Committee are elected by PPC’s member utilities and serve two-year terms. This will be Creekpaum’s second term, holding the position of Vice Chair, Administration & Budget.
Friday, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, all eight (8) regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, January 25, 2021.
Mason County is in the Northwest Region with Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties.
Mason County Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Mason County’s rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over two weeks is now 337 – down from Wednesday’s 346. There have been 219 new cases in the last 14 days.
Health officials are also seeking volunteers to help with COVID-19 respond. If you want to volunteer, go to https://www.waserv.org to sign up, and be sure to fill in the organization as Mason County MRC (Medical Reserve Corp).
The Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission released its Phase I report that includes several recommendations, including a preliminary list of six airport sites with potential for expansion. Shelton’s Sanderson Field is one of those six sites along with Bremerton National Airport. The report also includes a proposal to meet near-term aviation demand at two or more existing airports while the work to locate a new airport continues and a proposal to extend the CACC’s final recommendation deadline to 2024.
During the week of January 3-9, there were 27,147 initial regular unemployment claims (down 8.4 percent from the prior week) and 515,561 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 7.5 percent 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 203 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
- Initial claims for regular unemployment, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and continued/ongoing claims for regular benefits all decreased over the week.
- Reductions in seasonal layoffs in construction and agriculture drove a decrease in new regular jobless claims last week. Regular initial claims in the construction sector decreased by 1,742 over the week to 3,199 total regular initial claims, while initial claims in the Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector decreased by 422 over the week to 739 initial claims.
In the week ending January 9, ESD paid out over $146.8 million for 310,021 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March, ESD has paid more than $13.5 billion in benefits to over a million Washingtonians.
Mason County Public Works has reopened roads previously closed due to flooding. These roads include Satsop-Cloquallum Road, Skokomish Valley Road and Tahuya Blacksmith Road.
Wednesday, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19. Dr. Scott Lindquist, the state epidemiologist for communicable diseases, during Wednesday’s media briefing:
Report findings include: