Mason County News
[VIDEO] A virtual open house on the Shelton Veterans Village was held Wednesday night. Jaycie Osterberg, Executive Director of Quixote Communities, updated about a dozen people on the tiny homes community to be build on North 13th Street in Shelton. Six members of the Shelton City Council were among those to attend the online information session.Continue reading Shelton Tiny Homes Veteran Village Open House Held
During the week of November 8- 14, there were 16,837 initial regular unemployment claims (down 33.2 percent from the prior week) and 434,114 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (up 1.2 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 123 percent above last year’s weekly new claims applications.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation initial claims decreased over the week.
- Continued/ongoing claims for regular benefits increased 3.7 percent over the week.
- The decrease in initial claims this week was expected. It is connected to a process required by law where some existing claimants must submit a new initial claim to ensure they are receiving benefits from the correct program. This process was a contributing factor to the increase in initial claims in last week’s release. You can learn more about that requirement on our website.
In the week ending November 14, ESD paid out over $128.2 million for 275,893 individual claims. Since the crisis began in March, ESD has paid more than $12.4 billion in benefits to over a million Washingtonians.Continue reading Initial Unemployment Decreased, Continued Claims Increased 11/8 to 11/14
[VIDEOS] State Health Officials continue to warn residents about the rise in COVID-19 cases. John Wiesman is Secretary of Health.
During Wednesday’s media briefing, State Health Officer Kathy Lofy presented the latest transmission report during which she said the current growth of COVID-19 is about the same as it was in March.Continue reading Current COVID-19 Spread as Bad as in March
[VIDEO] The Shelton City Council adopted the City’s budget for 2021 this week. The budget for next year totals $31,719,550 with a General Fund appropriation of $12,283,920.
The Council also approved the allowed 1 percent increase in property taxes to be collected in 2021 with the passage of resolutions declaring a substantial need under RCW 84.55.0101.Continue reading City Adopts 2021 Budget
Mason County Public Health reported five new cases of COVID-19 in the County on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Mason County is now 67 with four people hospitalized. Mason County’s rate of new cases per 100,000 during the past two weeks (based on 64,980 population and 93 cases in the last 14 days) is now 143, down slightly from Tuesday’s rate of 145.
The November 18th, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. news release says: “Since the last release (11/17/20), Mason County Public Health was notified of Five (5) additional Mason County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to Six Hundred and Eighty-Eight (688) positive cases in Mason County.”
The WIAA Executive Board voted Tuesday to amend the current season schedule for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, opting to delay the start of WIAA Season 2 to February 1 and shorten each WIAA Season to seven weeks in length.Continue reading High School Sports Seasons Altered Again
Washington’s economy added 1,000 jobs in October and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for October decreased from 8.3 percent (adjusted) to 6.0 percent according to the Employment Security Department (ESD).
|Month||Total Jobs (losses or gains)||Unemployment rate||2019 Unemployment Rate|
|March 2020||– 27,900||5.1 percent||4.5 percent|
|April 2020||– 259,500*||16.3 percent*||4.4 percent|
|May 2020||– 44,900*||15.1 percent||4.4 percent|
|June 2020||+ 53,100*||10.0 percent*||4.3 percent|
|July 2020||+ 62,400||10.2 percent*||4.2 percent|
|August 2020||+ 50,100*||8.4 percent*||4.2 percent|
|September 2020||+ 23,800||8.3 percent*||4.1 percent|
|October 2020||+ 1,000||6.0 percent||4.0 percent|
Mason Health is offering free flu vaccinations through December 11, 2020.
It is more important this year than ever to schedule your flu vaccination. Free curbside flu vaccinations are now available outside the MGH Anticoagulation Clinic at 1710 N. 13th Loop Road in Shelton.Continue reading Mason Health Offering Free Flu Shots
The Mason County Board of Health unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that supports collaboration in addressing COVID-19 and urges residents to follow all health and hygiene recommendations to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The draft resolution is below.Continue reading Board of Health Passes COVID-19 Prevention Resolution
Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday appointed Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH as the new Washington state secretary of health starting December 21. Dr. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas.Continue reading New Secretary of Health: Umair A. Shah