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Commissioner Scott Hilburn and Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer Eric Moll from Mason Health joined us Wednesday to discuss the hospital district's response to COVID19.  The hospital and the family of clinics have worked synchronously to insure the health and safety of workers and our community.  Mason General Hospital was the first in the state to have a drive up testing center.  They have been able to successfully isolate patients suspected or with COVID from those that do not have it.  For example, the Birthing Center entrance has been changed so that there is no mingling with other patients.  Because of the large complex and the newly opened clinic, the ultra sound testing for pregnant mothers was moved into a empty space in a former clinic building.  The hospital district has been nimbly working to innovate throughout the pandemic looking for opportunities for streamlining in conjunction with its myriad of partners.  To date the Hospital has cared for 6 COVID positive patients since the beginning of the pandemic.  Thank you Eric and Scott for sharing and update.  
 
Scott Hilburn, Hospital District Commissioner
                                                                                                   
Eric Moll, Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer 
Skookum Rotary Club welcomed new member Kyle Fritz, past president of the East Grays Harbor Rotary Club Wednesday.  Kyle has been a Rotarian for 5 years and is described as being energetic, action oriented, smart, results oriented and a wonderful person.  Below you will see a photo of Kyle and an East Grays Harbor Rotary Club scholarship recipient.  Professionally, Kyle is the southern Olympic Peninsula District Manager for Cascade Natural Gas.  We look forward to getting to know Kyle better.  Please welcome him to our community.  
 
(Photo from East Grays Harbor Rotary Club facebook page).
Wednesday we welcomed Paul Miller of Skokomish Valley Farms to talk about the farm cooperative, their adventure in organically farming the 400+ acres while putting into conservation easements about 300 acres to protect the environment and changes in their operation due to the pandemic.  The cooperative is made of 18 farm families and their 40 acre parcels working together.  The farms are beyond organic and moving into soil restoration as part of the real organic program.  For more information about Skokomish Valley Farms, check out this video where Paul discusses their farming philosophy and program, working with nature instead of against it.  Thank you Paul for sharing your story with us.  
 
https://www.realorganicproject.org/know-your-farmer-skokomish-valley-farms-washington/
 
 
 
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman joined us at a July zoom club meeting to discuss a variety of voting topics.  Introduced by club member  Kathy Haigh, it was noted that Secretary Wyman was the Thurston County auditor before being elected as Secretary of State.  In collaboration with the state Legislature and election officials from all 39 counties, Washington State has a solid all mail in balloting election system with multiple safeguards to ensure a fair and safe election.  Secretary Wyman shared a very informative graphic of the Vote at Home status by State from 2019.  
 
 
Washington was the first all mail in balloting state.  With the COVID19 pandemic a number of states are now looking in at all mail in balloting and contacting Secretary Wyman to discuss the process of how to do this safely.   
 
A couple of other items, she reminded us all to complete our census document (https://www.census.gov).    This will allow all Washingtonians to be counted with this information used to allocate Washington's representation in Congress.  Currently Mason County has a 50.1% response rate as of July 30, 2020.  We have another 49.9% to go!  
 
Lastly, don't forget to vote in Washington's primary election by submitting your ballot by Tuesday, August 4, 2020.  There is no need to put postage on your ballot.  
 
 
 
David Windom, Director of Community Services will be joining us on Wednesday morning to provide an update on the COVID19 pandemic in Mason County.   Lessons learned and a path forward.  As of July 10, 2020, Mason County has had a total of 60 COVID cases and is currently in Phase 3 of Safe Start reopening.  
 

A reminder, if you are showing symptoms for COVID-19, early testing is encouraged. At the earliest signs of symptoms please reach out to the Respiratory Illness Triage line at 360-427-3615. They can assist you in scheduling an appointment at Mason Health’s Drive Thru COVID-19 testing.

For more information on Mason County's response to COVD19 - https://www.co.mason.wa.us/COVID-19/index.php

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MasonCountyWAHazard

For Washington State information - https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

 
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