Countywide Test of Emergency Alert Notification Systems Scheduled for August 12

August 12, the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services and the Town of Truckee are teaming up to issue simultaneous tests of the CodeRED and Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert Systems. 

All Nevada County residents are advised to prepare by registering for CodeRED Emergency Alerts in one of the following ways:

CodeRED Emergency Alerts will display as originating from 866-419-5000 or 855-969-4636 on caller ID and Residents are encouraged to save these numbers.

The Town of Truckee will conduct a concurrent test of the Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert System which serves Town of Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to CodeRED, which serves unincorporated Eastern Nevada County, and all Western Nevada County. Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District utilize the Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert System as the primary method of communication during critical incidents. Both residents and visitors are encouraged to subscribe to stay informed in the event of an emergency. 

Residents are encouraged to utilize the user-friendly Nixle Everbridge application on mobile devices. Simply text “APP” to 888-777 to receive a link to download the Everbridge Mobile Application. Complete your registration by downloading, installing and opening the app. Insert 96161 to subscribe to the Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District. 

Both CodeRED and Nixle Everbridge are high-speed mass notification systems designed to notify residents in the event of an emergency. Emergency alerts are one of many communication tools utilized by local government in the event of an emergency, and testing these systems is an important part of emergency planning. 

These tools are not a guaranteed source of information, and residents should be prepared and remain situationally aware.

Learn more at ReadyNevadaCounty.org

Placer Community Foundation Grant Supports 211 Placer COVID-19 Helpline

Connecting Point announced today the award of a $10,000 grant from the Placer Community Foundation to support the operation of the 211 Placer COVID-19 Helpline.

Placer County residents can call 2-1-1 to connect to up-to-date information on COVID-19 testing and State-issued guidance.

The Placer County COVID-19 Helpline has been in operation since the outbreak of the pandemic. Placer County’s Health and Human Services department recently transitioned operations of the general information helpline to Connecting Point, which maintains a regional 211 call center and will launch 211 Placer in July. 211 is a free, confidential, multilingual resource and information hub. 211 connects people with community programs and services through a searchable web page and 24/7 local call center.

“Connecting Point is a trusted community partner,” says Eileen Speaker, Grants Manager for Placer Community Foundation. “We are glad to support this important service through our COVID-19 Response Fund that connects Placer County residents to services and supports.”

Jeff Brown, Director of Placer County Health & Human Services remarks, “It’s a great example of partnership and collaboration to meet community needs. We’re all in this together.”

To connect to the 211 Placer COVID-19 Helpline dial 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL211, text your zip code to 898211 (your text plan’s rate will apply) or connect to resources online at 211Placer.org.

About Connecting Point

Connecting Point is a public agency dedicated to providing programs and services that promote the health and independence of the people of our community.

About Placer Community Foundation

Placer Community Foundation is a public charity established to assist donors in building an enduring source of charitable funds to meet the changing needs and interests of the community.

State Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Political Protest Gatherings

Protesting or demonstrating is one of our fundamental rights and a way to express ourselves. However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is important to do it safely. To this end, the State has updated their guidelines to include political protest gatherings. It is strongly recommended that those exercising their right to engage in political expression, should utilize alternative channels, such as the many online and broadcasting platforms available in the digital age, in place of in-person gatherings. 

However, state public health directives do not prohibit in-person protests as long as:

  • attendance is limited to 25% of the relevant area’s maximum occupancy, as defined by the relevant local permitting authority or other relevant authority, or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower
  • physical distancing of six feet between persons or groups of persons from different households is maintained at all times.

Failure to maintain adequate physical distancing may result in an order to disperse or other enforcement action. Face coverings are strongly recommended.

Participants must maintain a physical distance of six feet from any uniformed peace officers and other public safety personnel present, unless otherwise directed, and follow all other requirements and directives imposed by local health officers and law enforcement, or other applicable authorities. This limitation on attendance will be reviewed at least once every 21 days, beginning May 25, 2020. This review will assess the impacts of these imposed limits on public health and provide further direction as part of a phased-in restoration of gatherings that implicate the First Amendment.

Volunteers Needed for Green Waste Collection Events

Nevada County Fire Safe Council is seeking volunteers for the 2020 Free Residential Green Waste Collection days.

With 3 sites and 18 collection days, volunteers have many opportunities to choose from. Sites are in Grass ValleyPenn Valley, and Alta Sierra. Volunteers can sign up for shifts at different sites on different days if they like.

Volunteers at each collection site will coordinate traffic, collect participant information, track loads received using a tablet/iPad, answer questions, and perform an initial inspection to ensure invasive species (blackberry, Scotch broom, poison oak) are not in the loads of green waste.

To volunteer, visit the Volunteer Hub website or call 2-1-1 (or 1-833-DIAL211).

Details

Each shift will be from 9am-3pm. The collections will take place on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays of each of the following weeks:

  • May 17, 18, 19
  • May 24, 25, 26
  • May 31, June 1, 2
  • June 7, 8, 9
  • June 14, 15, 16
  • June 21, 22, 23

Sign up for as many time slots as you are willing to take.

QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING:

  • Must be 18 or older. Can be 16 or 17 if attending with an adult.
  • Special measures will be put in place to ensure this is a no-contact event, keeping volunteers safe from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. This includes training delivered via video conference, or via YouTube. Completion of a short quiz will be required after the training, as well.
  • We will train you on the use of the tablets/iPads to check-in residents and show you how to spot invasive species in loads of green waste.
  • Fire Safe Council requires both liability and media releases (permission to use pictures of you doing the work)

WHAT TO BRING:

A smile, a water flask, a camp chair if you need to sit down, and perhaps some sunscreen and a hat. We’ll provide everything else you need that day.

BACKGROUND:

Cost for green waste removal remains a significant obstacle for property owners when it comes to fuels reduction. In response to this obstacle, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) hosted a 2019 Green Waste Event, resulting in removal of over 500 tons of green waste from Western Nevada County.

Based on the enthusiastic response by the community FSCNC will continue this event in 2020, partnering with the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services to provide this valuable service to residents for a total of 18 days in May and June, in order to further reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the community.

The collection and processing of this green waste will also reduce the number of burn piles in the county, which can irritate the lungs of residents who already face respiratory challenges. If their respiratory system is already compromised, contracting COVID-19 may be even more of a threat to them.

The objective this year is to expand upon an already successful event, continuing to provide a cost-effective way for residents of Western Nevada County to dispose of their residential green waste at three convenient locations, instead of creating a burn pile to eliminate that waste.

Thank you for your commitment to making Nevada County safer from wildfire, and to helping those with compromised respiratory systems get through this difficult time. Stay safe, and well.

Nevada County Increases COVID-19 Testing With New Test Sites

May 4th UPDATE: Testing locations confirmed and appointment registration now available

Western Nevada County

New COVID-19 testing sites are accepting appointments and will open on TUESDAY, May 5, in Grass Valley. Visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting (or call 1-888-634-1123 during business hours) to see if you are eligible for a test and make an appointment. In Grass Valley, the Grass Valley Veterans Hall will serve as the testing site.

Eastern Nevada County

New COVID-19 testing sites are accepting appointments and will open on MONDAY, May 4, in Kings Beach. Visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting (or call 1-888-634-1123 during business hours) to see if you are eligible for a test and make an appointment. In Kings Beach, the North Tahoe Event Center will serve as the testing site.

Qualifications

Recently, the California Department of Public Health expanded eligibility for COVID-19 testing. Anyone who meets the testing criteria can be tested at an OptumServe community testing site, including uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. More information about who is eligible for testing can be found on California Department of Public Health’s website. OptumServe will generate a unique identification number for individuals who do not have a driver license.

Payment

If an individual has medical insurance, OptumServe will bill the patient’s medical insurance company. Uninsured individuals may also use the community test site, and their tests will be paid for by the state.

April 30th: Nevada County will increase COVID-19 testing with new community testing sites

Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community testing sites across the state, Nevada County will soon launch a test site in Grass Valley. Another site in neighboring Placer County in the North Tahoe area will also be able to serve nearby Nevada County residents in the Truckee/Tahoe area. Nevada and Placer Counties collaborated on the testing site locations in an effort to ensure that the sites are strategically placed and that people who have had difficulty accessing testing are able to gain that access with the least amount of required travel.

The new testing sites are scheduled to open next week. The new sites are powered through a partnership with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company. Testing will be by appointment only. Additional information and location details will be released when appointments become available.

“These new testing sites will help Nevada County and our neighboring counties dramatically increase testing capacity for those who have had limited access to COVID-19 tests up until now,” said Dr. Ken Cutler, Nevada County Health Officer. “Additional testing locally and statewide will help us work towards a thoughtful and phased reopening.”

Nevada County is now encouraging all residents with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to get tested, whether through a provider or through an OptumServe site, as testing capacity has grown countywide.

To determine where to locate new testing sites, the state looked at rural areas where Californians would have to travel 60 minutes to reach an existing testing site or hospital. That information was then evaluated based on underserved populations, to address known disparities, and median income, so residents have access to testing regardless of socioeconomic status.

OptumServe has extensive expertise in rapidly deploying and setting up health care services and has worked closely with the military under the leadership of former Army Surgeon General and retired Lieutenant General Patty Horoho, RN.

“OptumServe is honored to assist California in expanding COVID-19 testing for residents,” said Patty Horoho, CEO of OptumServe. “We are bringing our full commitment and capabilities to serve Californians, including extensive experience conducting large community health events.”

At maximum capacity, OptumServe will be able to support up to 80 testing sites at one time throughout the state, increasing total testing capacity by more than 10,500 tests per day.

“Thanks to Nevada County and to OptumServe for the collaboration to make these testing sites possible,” said Charity Dean, M.D., Assistant Director of the California Department of Public Health. “We’re working together as part of the state’s Testing Task Force to ensure regions with the greatest need have access to tests, and these sites are going to be a major component in reaching our testing goals.”

FAQs on Governor’s Shelter in Place Order

The County of Nevada released answers to a large list of Frequently Asked Questions related to Governor Newsom’s Shelter in Place Order (Executive Order N-33-20).

The order requires all Californians to “shelter-in-place” by remaining at home or at their place of residence, except as necessary to obtain food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary healthcare, or go to an essential job.

A sample of the questions includes:

WHAT’S CLOSED?

• Dine-in restaurants
• Bars and nightclubs
• Entertainment venues
• Gyms and fitness studios
• Non-essential services

WHAT CAN’T I DO?

• You cannot engage in group activities in person with others.
• You cannot have dinner parties. You cannot invite friends over to your home to hang out.
• You cannot go to bars.
• You cannot go to a nail salon or get your hair cut by a stylist or barber.
• You cannot go shopping for non-essential goods.
• You cannot take unnecessary trips on public transport or in your car or motorbike.

IS THIS MANDATORY OR IS IT JUST GUIDANCE?

It is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are
required to comply.

It is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect
themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the whole community.

All persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the
exemptions that are specified in the Order.

Read the full document or go to www.mynevadacounty.com/2924/Coronavirus to learn more.

FAQs on Governor’s Shelter in Place Order

The County of Nevada released answers to a large list of Frequently Asked Questions related to Governor Newsom’s Shelter in Place Order (Executive Order N-33-20).

The order requires all Californians to “shelter-in-place” by remaining at home or at their place of residence, except as necessary to obtain food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary healthcare, or go to an essential job.

A sample of the questions includes:

WHAT’S CLOSED?

• Dine-in restaurants
• Bars and nightclubs
• Entertainment venues
• Gyms and fitness studios
• Non-essential services

WHAT CAN’T I DO?

• You cannot engage in group activities in person with others.
• You cannot have dinner parties. You cannot invite friends over to your home to hang out.
• You cannot go to bars.
• You cannot go to a nail salon or get your hair cut by a stylist or barber.
• You cannot go shopping for non-essential goods.
• You cannot take unnecessary trips on public transport or in your car or motorbike.

IS THIS MANDATORY OR IS IT JUST GUIDANCE?

It is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are
required to comply.

It is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect
themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the whole community.

All persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the
exemptions that are specified in the Order.

Read the full document or go to www.mynevadacounty.com/2924/Coronavirus to learn more.

Nevada County Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

COVID-19 Resources

211 is compiling up-to-date COVID-19 resources.

News & Updates

3/18/20: Healthcare professionals are needed as volunteers to assist in the fight against COVID-19

If you are a healthcare provider with an active license, a public health professional, or a member of a medical disaster response team in California who would like to volunteer for disaster service, please register at the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Site. Here you’ll find the online registration system for medical and healthcare volunteers.

3/18/20: Gold Country Stage and Gold Country LIFT offer free fares

To make transit easily accessible to those who need it, Nevada County Transit is offering fare free service on both Gold Country Stage fixed route and Gold Country Lift paratransit services effective March 19, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Read more.

3/18/20: Accessing Nevada County Behavioral Health Services

Nevada County Behavioral Health Director Phebe Bell shared the following information:

Our primary goal is to keep our clients, staff and community healthy and safe while also ensuring that access to critical services can continue.  To that end, we want to share with you the best ways for people to access our services:

  • As of 3/19, all of our lobbies will be closed to the public. People will only be allowed in by appointment (after they have been screened for symptoms of illness).
  • Almost all services will continue, but will primarily move to phone and video. This includes ongoing psychiatry appointments, medication management, therapy appointments, and some case management. We recognize some people do not have access to phones or other technology and will handle these situations on an individual basis.
  • We are still open to new clients.  As always, clients can call our Access line at 530-265-1437 for Adult Services and 530-470-2736 for Children’s Services. Callers will be connected to a clinician who will screen them and complete an assessment through phone or video and connect them to any needed ongoing services. Individuals may be brought into our offices on an appointment basis for necessary paperwork, medical screenings, or other needs.
  • Substance Use Disorder assessments for residential treatment will also happen by phone or video.  Drop-in clinic hours of 9-12, Monday-Friday are now available by phone call. Please call 530-265-1437 and a clinician will provide an assessment and possible authorization for treatment by phone or video.
  • All crisis assessments will continue as usual, as will related crisis services such as the Crisis Stabilization Unit, hospitalizations, and discharge planning. Our Crisis Line is always available 24 hours per day at 530-265-5811.

3/18/20: Primary Care Providers Accepting new patients

The following providers ARE accepting new patients:

Dr. Bouchier’s Office, 477-7390
Accepts Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid (ABC), MediMedi, Medicare, PPO/HMO
Does NOT accept CA Health & Wellness (CHW) or straight MediCal

Dr. Gill’s Office, 273-8452
Accepts Medicare, Medi Medi, PPO, HMO, Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid (ABC)
Does NOT accept CA Health & Wellness (CHW) or straight MediCal

Sierra Care Physicians, 272-9770
Accepts Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid (ABC), PPO, HMO, Medicare
Does NOT accept Western Health Advantage

Sierra Care Pediatrics, 272-9780
Accepts Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid (ABC), PPO, HMO, Medicare
Does NOT accept Western Health Advantage

Dr. Wallace & Dr. Lucas Ross, 477-4455
Accept PPO, HMO, Medicare, MediMedi
Does NOT accept CA Health & Wellness (CHW), Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid (ABC), or straight MediCal

Stallant Health (in Weimar), 637-4025
Accept EVERYTHING! (They have medical, dental, chiropractic)

3/18/20: County of Nevada, City of Grass Valley and City of Nevada City Limit Public Counter Services and Temporarily Close Buildings Starting March 19th

The County, City of Grass Valley and City of Nevada City continue to jointly respond to coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, by implementing social distancing protocols. Coronavirus continues to be an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. We thank our community partners who are making all efforts to help protect the community, from practicing social distancing to following the state and federal guidelines for gatherings. By following the best practices our community can help flatten the bell curve of those possibly contracting COVID-19, help guard against our local health care systems becoming overwhelmed, and protect those most vulnerable to coronavirus in our community. Read more.

3/17/20: Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Now at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will begin drive-through Covid-19 testing from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday (3/17 & 3/18).

If you are symptomatic and meet criteria for testing, Nevada County residents should call their primary care doctor. If the doctor agrees that an individual needs to be tested, the doctor can fax an order to the hospital.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will call the patient to set up an appointment drive-through time. Please do not attempt to go to the testing drive-through without a previously set-up appointment.

3/16/20: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues

3/16/20: Nevada County Public Health Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

  • Nevada County is announcing its first laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
  • The person is an adult, resides in Eastern County, and has been isolated at home.
  • There are ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Testing is available though limited, and those with severe illness or vulnerabilities will be prioritized at this time

Read more.

3/15/20: CDC updates guidance on mass/large gatherings

The CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populationshand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual. Read more.

3/15/20: Governor Newsom hosts media conference on new State COVID-19 guidance

The news conference included the following:

Directives for Bars and Restaurants

  • Bars/brew pubs/wine bars/pubs: Closure.
  • Restaurants: reduce occupancy by approximately 50%. Maintain social distancing for those at the restaurant, specifically the 6’ distancing guidance.
  • Restaurants may want to consider food deliveries in lieu of onsite dining.

Directives for Individuals who are 65+

  • The governor’s guidance is that people 65+ should self-isolate starting immediately.
  • Self-isolation means staying inside your home as much as possible.
    • Do not leave home unless necessary, such as to seek medical care.
    • As much as possible, limit your contact with other people.
    • You should avoid having visitors to your home, but it is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food and supplies.
    • Where possible, contact a friend, family member or delivery services to carry out errands like supermarket shopping on your behalf.

At this time, the restrictions included in these directives will not be enforced by law enforcement or others. The Governor is asking for these restrictions to be socially, voluntarily adopted.

3/15/20: All Nevada County Libraries Temporarily Closed through April 12, 2020

Beginning March 16th, all Nevada County Library locations will be closed to the public through April 12th in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus in our community. Various programs are being developed into virtual formats to be accessed from home. Learn more.

3/14/20: Homeless Plan and Fact Sheet for Community Service Providers

The County of Nevada has created a website with a Homeless Plan and Fact Sheet for community service providers. The plan follows guidance from local, State, and Federal resources. View the Plan and Fact Sheet.

3/14/20: The Bear River Library  is closed until April 13, 2020.

All other Nevada County Library locations will remain open. However, as a precautionary measure all special programming will be canceled until April 13, 2020. Learn more.

3/14/20 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES/EMPLOYERS

The Nevada County Public Health Department (NCPHD) is offering this resource to provide general information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 (the illness caused by the virus), recommend strategies for employers to use to prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including novel coronavirus, and to guide the management of employees who have recently returned to Nevada County from an area with known transmission of the novel coronavirus or who have had a known exposure to a laboratory confirmed case. This guidance is based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who are charged with the management of the response to the novel coronavirus across the UnitedStates. Read the full document.

3/13/20: Nevada County Superintendent of Schools announces transition to distance learning.

Nevada County public schools will implement processes to transition all in person/face-to-face instruction to “distance learning,” This directive is effective as of Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m. and will run until Monday, April 13 (pending further notifications).

3/13/20: Tahoe Truckee School District closing school, effective Monday, March 16th

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District announced it will close its schools, effective March 16 through April 3, following Placer County Public Health announcing the closure of all county schools due to concerns over coronavirus. Read more.

3/13/20: NID Media Release – Rest assured: area tap water is safe to drink

3/12/20: Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital statement on COVID-19

3/12/20: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Releases Guidance on Gatherings

“To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, gatherings as described below should be postponed or canceled across the state of California for at least the remainder of the month of March.

The California Department of Public Health finds the following:

  • Large gatherings that include 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled.
    • This includes gatherings such as concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events.
  • Smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled.
    • This includes gatherings in crowded auditoriums, rooms or other venues.
  • Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people.
    • This includes gatherings such as those at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes, and support groups for people with health conditions.
  • A “gathering” is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space.”

Read the full document here.

3/11/20: Nevada County has had ten persons under investigation (PUIs) for coronavirus, nine of whom have tested negative for COVID-19. The one that is currently under investigation for COVID-19 is being tested, and there are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nevada County.

3/9/20: State Health & Emergency Officials Encourage Individuals at Higher Risk of Severe Illness due to COVID-19 to Take Precautions

Update 3/9/20: KVMR’s interview with Nevada County Public Health Nursing Director Cindy Wilson

Listen to KVMR’s interview with Nevada County Public Health Nursing Director Cindy Wilson and County staff discussing how we can all help slow the spread and how local agencies are responding.  The interview starts at approximately the 8-minute mark. (Recorded on Friday, March 6, 2020)

Update 3/8/20: Sierra College declares “Campus State of Emergency” to minimize number of people on campus.

Update 3/8/20: State Health & Emergency Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

Update 3/7/20: California releases updated guidance for schools, colleges & large public events to prepare and protect Californians from COVID-19.

Update 3/6/20: Placer County Public Health confirms 3 new COVID-19 cases.

Update 3/6/2020: Governor Newsom, State Health Officials Announce More than 22 Million Californians Now Eligible for Free Medically Necessary COVID-19 Testing.

Update 3/4/2020: Nevada County Declares Local Health Emergency to Increase Coronavirus Response Resources

Nevada County is declaring a local health emergency and local emergency in response to the emerging, rapidly evolving situation and increasing spread of novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. There are no known cases of coronavirus in Nevada County currently.

“Nevada County Public Health has ramped up preparedness activities as we’ve seen COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, spread in California, and diagnosed most recently in Placer County,” said Jill Blake, Nevada County Public Health Director. “These declarations enhance Nevada County’s ability to proactively respond to local needs if or when a confirmed coronavirus case happens in Nevada County.”

The emergency declarations allow the County access to additional resources such as mutual aid, financial reimbursement and increased coordination with state and local partners. The local and health emergencies will be considered for ratification by the Board of Supervisors at their March 10th meeting next week.

“In addition to increasing our resources with emergency declarations, our Emergency Preparedness Program has been reaching out to their health care coalition partners, such as skilled nursing and residential care facilities, daily if not more frequently,” added Jill Blake. “We are making sure our community partners have the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus and are thinking about their Personal Protective Equipment resources and preparedness plans.”

Following the recent death of an elderly adult who contracted coronavirus in Placer County, Nevada County encourages the community to prepare for the possibility of local, sustained community transmission.

“We know that being elderly and having underlying health conditions greatly increases the risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19 and of dying from this illness, whereas healthy, younger populations might only experience mild flu-like symptoms,” continues Jill Blake. “Like Placer, we are encouraging our residents that are healthy and not at a higher risk to reach out to those more vulnerable and help them plan for the possibility of transmission of coronavirus in Nevada County. We are calling on all our community partners, from our in-home care facilities to those who have elderly neighbors, to help slow the spread and think through their own preparedness plans.”

The community can help slow the spread of coronavirus by:

  • Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
  • Coughing into a tissue or your elbow if a tissue isn’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially with unwashed hands.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. Nevada County Environmental Health has created recommendations for homes with known or suspected coronavirus infections (PDF).
  • Keeping your distance from people who are sick, especially if they have a respiratory virus. If you think you are exhibiting symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and have been exposed to the coronavirus, call your local health care provider. Contacting them in advance will make sure that people can get the care they need without putting others at risk.

Since there are no diagnosed local cases currently in Nevada County, now is a great time to prepare for an actual event. Public Health is asking the community to consider how they might adjust if daily routines are disrupted by an outbreak:

  • Can you work from home/remotely?
  • What are your transportation plans if public transportation is disrupted?
  • If schools are closed, do you have an alternate plan for childcare?
  • Do you have enough food, medications and other necessities to sustain you and your family if you needed to stay home?

Find local coronavirus resources and updates at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus. Public Health has activated Connecting Point’s Call Center to answer community questions. Connecting Point can provide callers up-to-date information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and connect residents to other resources. Dial 2-1-1 or 833-DIAL211 (833-342-5211) to talk with a call center representative. Residents are also able to subscribe to receive related media releases at www.mynevadacounty.com/stayinformed by following the subscription directions to subscribe for “Public Health – Coronavirus” under the News Flash category.

Additional Information

Update 3/4/2020: Patient With COVID-19 Has Died, Placer County Says

Placer County Public Health is reporting that a resident has died of COVID-19. The person, an elderly adult with underlying health conditions, was the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county and is now the first to die from the illness in California.

Update 3/1/20: Still No Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in Nevada County

There are no known cases of coronavirus in Nevada County currently. However, with nearby confirmed cases in Solano County there continue to be rumors about the possibility of local cases in Nevada County. We want to assure our Nevada County community that there are no confirmed cases currently and local health care providers are partnering closely with Nevada County Public Health to be able to quickly respond if a possible coronavirus case were to happen here. Nevada County Public Health will inform the public if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in Nevada County.

In the meantime, it is highly encouraged for the community to prepare for the possibility of coronavirus transmission in Nevada County. The best way to help to slow the spread of germs is to:

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water (pro tip: sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself to make sure you are washing long enough).
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow if a tissue isn’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Nevada County Environmental Health has created recommendations for homes with known or suspected coronavirus infections (PDF).
  • Keep your distance from people who are sick, especially if they have a respiratory virus. If you think you are exhibiting symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and have been exposed to the coronavirus, call your local health care provider. Contacting them in advance will ensure that you can get the care you need without putting others at risk.

To help keep the public informed, Public Health is working continually to update the www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus website with new information, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

UPDATED FAQS

I am exhibiting symptoms like one would have with COVID019 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and may have been exposed. What should I do?

If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough or shortness of breath, and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider before seeking care. Contacting them in advance will ensure that you can get the care you need without putting others at risk. Please be sure to tell your health care provider about your travel history. You can also take the following precautionary measures:

Nevada County Environmental Health has created recommendations for homes with known or suspected coronavirus infections (PDF).

Who do I contact if I don’t have a primary care physician or regular health care provider?

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) like Western Sierra Medical Clinic (in Grass Valley and Kings Beach), Sierra Family Medical, and Chapa De Indian Health can be called if you do not have a primary care physician or regular health care provider. Remember that if you feel you have been exposed or are exhibiting symptoms, contacting them in advance will ensure that you can get the care you need without putting others at risk.

How does the coronavirus test work?

The California Department of Public Health announced on February 28, 2020 that new CDC test kits used to detect Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are now available in California can be used to do diagnostic testing in the community. California will immediately receive an additional shipment of kits to test up to 1,200 people. This means California public health officials will get test results sooner, so that any patients will get the best care (source: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx).

How do I get tested for coronavirus?

If you think you are exhibiting symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and have been exposed to the coronavirus, call your local health care provider. If your health care provider has reason to believe a test is needed, they will work with Nevada County Public Health (or your local public health department) about providing testing through the California Department of Public Health or the CDC.

I don’t have any symptoms, but I think I may have been exposed to coronavirus. What should I do?

If you have recently traveled to an area under travel advisory or have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19, first contact your local health care provider. You can also let Nevada County Public Health (or your local health department) know by emailing public.health@co.nevada.ca.us.

Are there medications I should keep on hand?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended to treat this specific illness at this time. Appropriate care for those diagnosed with COVID-19 will depend on the severity of symptoms and will include steps to relieve those symptoms. Make sure you are taking care of yourself by drinking plenty of fluids and getting rest. Like with other respiratory illnesses, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers may help with symptoms and could be good to keep on-hand.

For More Information

Nevada County Public Health has activated Connecting Point’s Call Center to answer community questions. Connecting Point can provide callers up-to-date information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and connect residents to other resources. Dial 2-1-1 or 833-DIAL211 (833-342-5211) to talk with a call center representative.

Residents are also able to subscribe to receive related media releases at www.mynevadacounty.com/stayinformed by following the subscription directions to subscribe for “Public Health – Coronavirus” under the News Flash category.

The Nevada County Public Health Department continues to work closely with County departments such as the Office of Emergency Services and Environmental Health, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 (the illness caused by the virus), which originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. This includes preparing with the community for the possibility of local, sustained community transmission.

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Please look to sources such as Nevada County Public HealthCDPH, and the CDC for the most accurate information. Nevada County Public Health will provide local, updated information as it becomes available at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus. Residents, businesses and local agencies can find recommendations on how they can help slow the spread of illness like COVID-19 and how we can all prepare for the possibility of local transmission in our community.

Census 2020: Gearing Up for a Complete Count

Be Counted California!Every decade since 1790, the United States has attempted to count the country’s population. This nation-wide head-count plays an extraordinarily important role in shaping our communities for years to come.

Why the Census Matters

The next Census will take place in April 2020. There is a lot on the line, including funding for essential safety net programs and representation in Congress. Census data is used to:

  • Draw Congressional districts (not to mention school districts!)
  • Distribute billions of federal dollars to states
  • Inform the decisions of government, businesses, and non-profits

An undercount could cost California more than $1.5 billion across all Federal programs. These are dollars that fund housing, education, healthcare, roads, and emergency services in Nevada County.

The Challenge

It is vital to the future of our community to ensure that every person in Nevada County is counted. Connecting Point and the County of Nevada are collaborating to “get out the count,” with the goal of achieving a complete count for Census 2020. That means counting every person living in Nevada County. There are significant barriers to meeting this goal:

  • The 2020 Census will be the first to rely heavily on online responses. Internet access is limited in many areas of our county.
  • S. Census Bureau outreach will not go to P.O. Boxes. Many residents may not receive information about the Census.
  • There is widespread mistrust of the government and potential for misinformation about the Census in our community. People may choose not to participate, even though Census data is protected.

The State of California estimates that there are 48,370 “hard-to-count” individuals living in Nevada County (learn more about the Hard-to-Count Index here).

What’s Next

Connecting Point is currently reaching out to community organizations, faith-based groups, local agencies, businesses and others who work closely with demographic populations considered least likely to respond. These include:

  • Latinos
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Farm-workers
  • People with disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Children ages 0-5
  • Veterans
  • People with low/no broadband access
  • Households with limited English proficiency

Achieving a complete count requires us to work together to find the best ways to reach our hard-to-count neighbors. If you serve any of the above “hard-to-count” populations, we want to hear from you. Please contact Heather Heckler by email or by phone at 530-274-5601 to let us know if you’d like to be involved.

The Census begins April 1st. LET’S MAKE NEVADA COUNTY COUNT!

Learn more about the 2020 Census and Nevada County’s Complete Count.

Countywide Emergency Alert Test

Not sure if you’re signed up for emergency alerts?

County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services will issue a test of the Code RED emergency alert system on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 10:00 am.

If you haven’t registered for Code RED emergency alerts, now is a great time to sign up. It only take a few minutes to enroll in any of the following ways:

Code Red alerts will come from 866-419-5000 or 855-969-4636 on your caller ID. Save these numbers to your phone’s contacts to make sure you don’t mistake an alert fro spam.

The Town of Truckee will conduct a simultaneous test of the Nixle emergency alerts system which serves Town of Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to Code RED. Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District provide the primary emergency notifications to Town of Residents via Nixle.

Town of Truckee residents and visitors can sign-up for Nixle messages by texting 888777 with the Truckee zip code of 96161 for pre-event messages and emergency notifications.

Both Code Red and Nixle are high-speed mass notification systems designed to notify Nevada County and Town of Truckee residents in the event of an emergency. Emergency alerts are one of many communication tools utilized by the local government in the event of an emergency, and testing these systems is an important part of emergency planning.

These tools are not a guaranteed source of information, and residents should be prepared and remain aware.

Learn more at ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts
Follow Office of Emergency services on Twitter @NevCoOES and Facebook @NevadaCountyOES for updates and tips on how to prepare.
Follow Truckee Fire Protection District on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeeFire.
Follow Truckee Police Department on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeePolice

New Website Focuses on Wildfire Preparedness

Ready Nevada County and County of Nevada logosThe County of Nevada wants residents to be ready for wildfire. And they’re providing all kinds of tools and information to help us get the job done, from packed community forums and free green waste disposal to the super-informative Ready, Set, Go Handbook that landed in our mailboxes last month.

Their latest tool is ReadyNevadaCounty.org. The new website combines information on the County’s wildfire readiness strategies with steps individuals can take to get prepared. You’ll find everything you need for your Ready, Set, Go strategy, including:

ReadyNevadaCounty.org brings everything together in one place. So what are you waiting for? Start preparing today.

Ready Nevada County is a stakeholder effort coordinated by the County of Nevada to raise awareness and mobilize the community to prevent and prepare for wildfire. Look for the Ready Nevada County logo for the latest on wildfire readiness.

Get Fire Safe with Free Green Waste Disposal

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, with support from Nevada County Office of Emergency Services and Waste Management, is offering free residential green waste disposal.

The Residential Green Waste Disposal Program will be open to the public free of charge from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on the following dates and locations:

May 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th, 25th & 26th

May 18th & 19th ONLY

  • Nevada County Fair Grounds, Gate 8, Brighton Street, Grass Valley

The program is designed for residential green waste only. Participants are responsible for unloading their own vehicles. Dumpsters will be available for depositing green waste. Acceptable items include: biomass consisting of all tree and plant trimmings, dead plants, weeds, leaves, branches, and similar materials that fit into a Green Waste Cart. Items with a diameter greater than 6 inches, tree stumps, root balls, and household waste will not be accepted.

See the Facebook event for more information.

Carnival Highlights Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety

Carnival flyerBring the whole family out to the Rood Center on Saturday, May 4th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm for the Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety Carnival.
 
The day will include free activities, events, giveaways, and food. Meet your local first responders, watch a helicopter demo, or saddle up for a bike rodeo. And grab a free carseat and helmet while supplies last.
 
There’s something for everyone!
 
This year’s event is sponsored by the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and Gold Country Kiwanis.
 
Go to MyNevadaCounty.com/SafetyCarnival for more information.

Details

What: Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety Carnival
When: Saturday, May 4th, 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE!

School Safety Summits

The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office is hosting two upcoming Safety Summits for parents and guardians of local students. Learn how the Superintendent’s Office collaborates with first responders to prepare for and respond to crises in our schools.

This engaging presentation will include representatives from local law enforcement, fire services, and the California Highway Patrol. The panel will address issues such as wildfires, lockdowns, and shelter-in-place procedures.

Summit Dates:

Tuesday, March 5th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Nevada Union High School
11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley

Tuesday, March 12th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Bear River High School
11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley

For more information, contact Safety and School Climate Coordinator Chris Espedal by phone at 530-478-6400 ext. 2047 or by email at cespedal@nevco.org.

Office of Emergency Services Offers Fire Inspections

Defensible space zonesCreating defensible space around your home is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of property damage from fire. But do you know which vegetation can stay and which should go?

Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering free Fire Safety Defensible Space Inspections. Fire inspectors assess fire safety hazards around your home and can advise you on the best way to create defensible space and harden your home against fire. Inspectors from Nevada County OES are available to perform fire inspections for any Nevada County resident.

Requesting an inspection of your property or neighborhood is simple. Just fill out Nevada County’s Fire Inspection Request form on the County’s website.

Many fire districts also perform fire inspections for residents within their district. Residents can find their designated fire district through Nevada County’s MyNeighborhood Maps.

For more information on emergency preparedness and fire safety, take a look at the 18-19 Fire Season Guide, visit CalFire’s Ready for Wildfire website, find community resources from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and don’t forget to sign yourself and your family up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts online or by calling 211 to sign up over the phone.

211 Assists with Code RED Emergency Alert Sign-Ups

211 Connecting Point is partnering with the County of Nevada to help residents stay informed in the event of a local emergency. 211 will now be assisting callers to sign up for the county’s CodeRED emergency alert system.

Code RED notifies subscribed residents when an emergency is happening in their neighborhood. Residents can register their landlines, cell phone, and email to CodeRED and will recieve alerts by phone, text or SMS, and email, depending on their preferences.

John Gulserian, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) Program Manager, stresses the importance of signing up for CodeRED. “We are in fire season with high fire danger conditions in Nevada County and our local fire agencies are responding to small fire starts every day. OES is excited to partner with 211 Connecting Point to help our residents sign up and understand why CodeRED is an important community resource during emergency evacuations.”

Nevada County residents can dial 2-1-1 (or 1-844-319-4119) to be connected to a 211 representative who will guide them through the CodeRED registration process over the phone or answer any questions they may have.

OES recommends signing up all phone numbers associated with your home address so that everyone recieves a CodeRED alert during an emergency in your neighborhood.

“CodeRED is a great tool for folks who want to know when an emergency is happening near their home or workplace,” said 211 Connecting Point’s Ann Guerra. “We ask anyone who calls 211 if they’re interested in signing up for CodeRED. It takes two minutes to register and it gives people a lot of peace of mind.”