Mason County News

Temporary Changes to Shelton-Matlock Road for Fish Barrier Work

UPDATE:   Please note the opening of the temporary two-lane bypass road has been rescheduled to occur Thursday, April 2. The work was rescheduled in order to take advantage of a weather window.

Progress on a fish barrier removal project requires upcoming around-the-clock changes for travelers using the Shelton-Matlock Road near US 101.

As soon as Friday, April 3, Thursday, April 2, crews will keep travelers on Shelton-Matlock Road moving with a temporary two-lane bypass road around the work zone. Travelers can expect a reduced speed limit to 25 mph and occasional traffic stops of up to 15 minutes during work hours, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The change is weather dependent and would need to be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

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Additional guidance on "Stay Home, Stay Healthy"

Governor Jay Inslee issued an updated guidance bulletin Tuesday night concerning the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation. Included in the bulletin as essential are nannies, who are deemed essential if they are in the home taking care of children of essential workers, automotive repair facilities and limited automotive sales and leasing activities, and renewable energies.

The bulletin also includes guidance on several recreational activities not deemed essential, such as recreational fishing and golf. 

Read the full guidance bulletin.

Beware of Stimulus Checks Scams

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is warning Washingtonians about scams related to stimulus payments from the federal government to help people get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal government will not ask to confirm your personal or banking details by email, phone or text message, or demand a “processing fee” to obtain or expedite your stimulus payment. Do not click on links in email or text messages relating to the stimulus checks and do not provide your personal information.

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6th Positive COVID-19 Test in Mason County

Another Mason County resident has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total of confirmed positives in the county to six. Mason County Public Health was notified of this sixth positive test on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Public Health is conducting contact interviews at this time. The patient, a female in her 40s, is currently isolating at home.

Due to Mason County being a small community, location data of positive cases will not be released to reduce the possibility of patient identification and to protect personal health information.

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County Unemployment Down in February

Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mason County had a small drop in its unemployment rate. The County’s February unemployment rate, according to preliminary figures from Washington State Employment Security, was 6.2 percent. That’s down one-tenth of a percentage point from January’s revised rate of 6.3 percent and down nearly two percent (1.8%) from February 2019’s rate of 8 percent. The rate is expected to substantially increase in March with only essential businesses open under Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home. Stay Healthy.” order.

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Mason Health March Employee of Month: Lea Sorley

For the past 15 years, Lea Sorley, RN, has worked as a registered nurse in the Surgery Department at Mason General Hospital, a job she excels at because she prioritizes teamwork and keeping patients safe. Her can-do attitude and positive demeanor inspires her coworkers each day to come together and care for patients. Mason Health is proud to name Lea Sorley the March Employee of the Month.

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Corrections Has Immediate Need for Correctional Officers

With response to COVID-19 expected to affect the Department of Corrections’ staffing levels over the coming months, the department is implementing an expedited hiring and training process for ‘Limited Scope Correctional Officer 1 (CO1)’ positions.

Monday Corrections launched Rapid Staff Hiring– statewide recruitment for all facilities. Using an expedited process, the department expects to recruit, screen, interview, test and train new limited-scope CO1s in a 32-day period.

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