State Launches Web Form to Clarify “Essential” Businesses under COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation

Washington state today launched an online form so businesses can get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation. The proclamation goes into effect at midnight tonight, closing non-essential businesses for the next two weeks.

State officials continue to emphasize that the state COVID-19 web portal is the central location for the most current information and resources for businesses and individuals:

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Treasurer’s Office Reducing Hours

The Mason County Treasurer’s Office is temporarily reducing hours to comply with the Governor’s “Stay Home. Stay Healthy.” order. According to a news release on the Treasurer’s website, office hours are temporarily reduced to between 9 AM and 1 PM allowing staff “to focus fully on meeting our mandatory obligations and maintain the intent of the governor’s order, by minimizing contact.” These reduced hours will be in effect through April 6th.

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Identity of Suspect Shot by Deputy Released

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell has released the name of the person who died as a result of an officer involved shooting in Mason County on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 

The deceased has been identified as Kathryn R. Hale, age 32, a resident of Mason County.

Autopsy to be performed on Thursday.

The shooting is being investigated by the Region III Critical Incident Investigation Team (CIIT) which includes the sheriff offices from Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason and Pacific counties, and the Washington State Patrol. The Thurston County Sheriff’s is leading the investigation.

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Kilmer Co-Sponsors Legislation to Minimize COVID-19 Impact on Student Veterans

On Monday, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) co-sponsored the bipartisan Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act Of 2020, introduced by House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN). The legislation aims to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student veterans as schools and universities have taken proactive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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Deputy Shoots Suspect Near Mason Lake

A Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy shot a suspect that attempted to run over the Deputy Tuesday in the Mason Lake area. According to a news release, the suspect died on the way to the hospital. Specific details on the shooting, and the identities of the deputy and the suspect have not been released. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Here is the news release from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office:

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Kilmer to Hold Telephone Town Hall Thursday to Discuss COVID-19

On Thursday, March 26 at 7:00pm PT, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will hold a telephone town hall regarding the federal government’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to a discussion on the legislation passed by Congress to support workers and families, the telephone town hall will feature experts to help answer constituent questions regarding best practices and ongoing medical efforts to address the COVID-19 public health emergency, including:

  • Dr. Paul Pottinger, M.D., D.T.M.&H., is a board certified physician and director of the Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine Clinic at UW Medical Center and a UW associate professor of Medicine and Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
  • Dr. Nathan Schlicher, M.D., president-elect of the Washington State Medical Association and regional medical director of quality assurance for the emergency departments at CHI Franciscan.
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Watch Mason County Commission

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the March 24, 2020 Mason County Commission meeting. There are three ways to watch live at 6 PM:, or Mason County’s website ( You can also watch on demand on or Mason County’s website: Rebroadcasts on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 9 AM.

Here is the meeting’s agenda:

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County Holding Briefing 2 PM Tuesday

The Mason County Commission is holding a briefing at 2 PM Tuesday afternoon:

2:00 P.M. Public Works – Loretta Swanson

2:30 P.M. Community Development – Dave Windom

3:00 P.M. Support Services – Frank Pinter

The Commissioners are also expected to discuss Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home. Stay Healthy.” order which requires every one to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity; bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes; and closes all businesses except essential businesses.

MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will broadcast the meeting live.

County Expected to Accept Loan for Belfair Sewer

The Mason County Commisison is expected to accept a Public Works Board loan for up to $8 Million for the Belfair Sewer Extension Project. Part of that action agenda item also included “financial controls” to “improved stability” such as increasing sewer rates. However, after this lengthy discussion Monday…

…the Commissioners are now expected to accept the loan without the financial controls.

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