COVID surging through county

Mason Health on front lines of fight


January 20, 2022

Matt Baide

Mason Clinic's Katie Hackney injects a woman with a vaccine dose during the Mason Health's vaccination clinic Jan. 7 at the Shelton YMCA.

Two years after the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Washington, Mason General Hospital is the lone facility in the county handling the medical treatment of hospitalized COVID patients.

With the omicron wave, Mason Health and Mason General Hospital is seeing more patients than ever. In August, Dr. Dean Gushee, Mason Health chief medical officer, said the hospital was bursting at the seams. He said little has changed since then.

“Early in the pandemic, we were seeing very occasional COVID-positive patients in our facility, but even then that had an impact because we had to begin c...

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