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Six COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Thursday

Mason County Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Thursday, October 22, 2020. The number of active cases is now 56 with one person hospitalized.

The October 22nd, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (10/21/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Six (6) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Five Hundred Fifty-Two (552) positive cases in Mason County.”

Initial Unemployment Claim Decreased, Continued Claims Increased 10/11 to 10/17

During the week of October 11 – 17, there were 16,890 initial regular unemployment claims (down 24.3 percent from the prior week) and 491,241 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 3.0 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 172 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
  • Initial regular initial claims, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) initial claims all decreased while continued claims increased over the week.

In the week ending October 17, ESD paid out over $149 million for 310,901 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March, ESD has paid more than $11.8 billion in benefits to over a million Washingtonians.

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Eight New COVID-19 Cases in Mason County Wednesday

Mason County Public Health reported eight new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. This brings the number of active cases to 52 with one person hospitalized.

The October 21st, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (10/20/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Eight (8) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Five Hundred Forty-Six (546) positive cases in Mason County.”

Police Chief Finalists' Introductions Available

The City of Shelton is holding a virtual open house for residents to meet the three finalists to be the City’s next Police Chief. Those finalist are Ronald Schaub, Ton Phan and Carole Beason. Each finalist has recorded a brief introduction and those videos are available now. Click here for more information on each finalist.

The virtual open house starts at 4 PM during which each finalist will available to answer questions for 30 minutes. The schedule:

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Tuesday COVID-19 Report: 1 Death, 2 New Cases

The COVID-19 report from Mason County Public Health for Tuesday, October 20, 2020 includes one death and two new cases. This is the ninth Mason County resident to succumb to the virus and specific information on the deceased has not been released. However, this death does appear to be connected to the outbreak at Fir Lane Health & Rehabilitation in Shelton. The number of active COVID-19 cases is currently 47 with no one hospitalized.

The October 20th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (10/19/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Two (2) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Five Hundred Thirty-Eight (538) positive cases in Mason County. Mason County received the unfortunate news of an additional death related to COVID-19. Our condolences go out to the family during this sad time.”

City of Shelton Completes Bond Refunding, Saves $3 Million

[VIDEO] The City of Shelton outperformed initial estimates to ultimately save a little over $3 million with successful completion of the bond refunding process. Director of Financial Services, Aaron BeMiller, provided an update to the Shelton City Council Tuesday night.

The bond sale took place on October 14 and exceeded the City’s savings estimates. The number of orders for City bonds was well in excess of the number available for sale, which allowed the City’s underwriters and financial advisor to make some adjustments to maximize savings.

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Watch Shelton City Council

[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the October 20, 2020 Shelton City Council budget work session, Shelton Metropolitan Park District and business meetings. 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 5 PM for the budget work session, 5:50 PM for the Park District meeting and 6 PM for the business meeting. 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: hcc.net/news and MasonWebTV.com. You can also watch on demand on hcc.net/news or MasonWebTV.com. Rebroadcasts of the business meeting on Hood Canal Communications’ local channel are Thursday at 3 PM and Saturday at 9 AM.

Click here for the Shelton Metropolitan Park District meeting’s agenda.

Click here for the Shelton City Council budget work session and business meetings’ agendas.

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Port of Grapeview Earns Creative Partnership Award

The Port of Grapeview has earned the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) 2020 Creative Partnership award. The WPPA produced the video below.

The Port won the award for its partnership with volunteers, community leaders, and the Recreation and Conservation Office to improve the boat launch at Fair Harbor and the upland improvements in the works.

County Unemployment Drops Slightly

Mason County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September. Preliminary numbers from the Washington State Employment Security Department say the County’s unemployment rate last month dropped six-tenths of a percentage point to 9.2 percent, down from August’s revised rate of 9.8 percent. Last month’s unemployment rate was nearly four percent (3.8%) higher than September 2019’s rate of 5.4 percent.

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