Placer County provides clarity for short-term rental operations

Placer County Health Officer provides clarity for short-term rental operations 

As the State of California and Placer County work to slow the spread of COVID-19, the county’s health officer is providing clarification about the operation of short-term rentals in North Lake Tahoe and elsewhere in the county. Based on the Governor’s Executive Order, Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson urges short-term rentals to cease all commercial operations.

“Short-term rentals that are used for commercial purposes are not considered part of critical infrastructure under the governor’s order,” said Dr. Sisson. “Short-term rentals may only continue to operate for extremely limited purposes as outlined.”

Short-term rental units may only operate:

  • To provide COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures (for example, isolation and quarantine or the housing of displaced persons or the homeless);
  • To provide housing for essential critical infrastructure workers; and
  • For use by the property owner and his/her immediate family members.

Placer County is urging short-term rental owners to comply with the executive order to help our community stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The county is reaching out to registered short-term rental operators to ensure awareness of current COVID-19 guidance. Short-term rentals that aren’t in compliance with the guidance may be reported to Placer County’s short-term rental hotline at 530-448-8003. Reports may also be shared online at http://www.hostcompliance.com/tips.

Amid growing community concerns regarding a significant increase of visitors to state parks, California State Parks previously announced the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the state park system along with other steps to reduce crowds. As defined in the Health Officer Directive issued March 19, 2020, essential travel does not include vacation travel. Residents should shelter at their place of residence and not travel to other communities to shelter there.

The state Order and county Directive both allow for travel to meet essential needs. Residents do not need to remain confined in their homes and can engage in outdoor activity, provided six feet of spacing is maintained between people who are not members of the same household.

“We’ve made it clear that folks are not bound to their homes and can go outside for a walk or basic exercise as long as six feet of social distancing can be maintained,” said Sisson. “We ask residents to use common sense and stay close to home to get their exercise, as the state has said as well. Traveling between different communities contributes to the spread of disease and the burden on small hospital systems.”

Local tourism officials are also discouraging visitors from flocking to the most popular destination sites in North Lake Tahoe.

According to the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, while social distancing practices are evident in the community, an influx of visitors to the region will severely impact the “small but mighty” health care system, front-line service workers and the overall inventory of necessary supplies. For the safety of full-time residents and second homeowners, the North Lake Tahoe destination is asking people to refrain from visiting until it is deemed safe and viable.

Truckee Follows Limit On Operations Of Rentals & Hotel Stays

From the Truckee Police Dept.

Truckee Follows Nevada County Limit On Operations Of Short Term Rentals & Vacation Based Hotel Stays

Effective immediately, short-term rentals, and vacation based accommodations are being significantly limited in the Town of Truckee, Nevada County, and Placer County.  It was recognized early on that the best approach to this decision was from a regional perspective.

With this decision, it is also a good time to address our community’s growing concern around crowds.  We implore all of those in and around Truckee who do not either reside here or provide essential services, to recognize the impact that population increase due to visitation has on our community and health care system.  Now is not the time to come to our community.  If you are visiting for the day or short term, please respect our request to return to your primary place of residence.  If we all do not practice STRICT social distancing and self-quarantine, we will suffer grave consequences.  We cannot support recreation, visitation, close proximity, or non-essential public interaction right now.  There is no other alternative and this has to be accomplished now.  If you want Truckee to remain the mountain getaway it has been in the past, we all must act to ensure a speedy recovery.

We also feel that this is the perfect opportunity to enforce the basic concepts of community.  The personal responsibility we all need to have at this time has nothing to do with your residential status or property title.  Regardless if you are a second home owner, a local, a renter, a J1 or someone who just moved here…personal responsibility is key and our community is very diverse in how we all choose to live here.  The title of our local status is not what we should be focused on.  What we should be focused on is our actions –

  • Don’t come from elsewhere to recreate, visit, or vacation as a break from a more urban environment.  We should be following the stay-at-home order and philosophical goal.  This goes for any location, and this issue is not something that is only happening in Truckee.
  • Going outside is important to stay mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy, but this is NOT a vacation for anyone in our community.  Don’t participate in high risk activities.  Getting injured during activities is as equally concerning as not following social distancing standards.
  • Don’t hoard supplies or food.  We are working to keep our supply chains re-supplying our area, but use common sense with what you need and don’t “fear purchase.”
  • Stay the course!  We are just starting this.  Don’t get complacent and let your social distancing and stay-at-home practices slip.
  • Stop any emotional reactions or tendencies to create an “us vs. them” mindset.  Our risk factors and exposure come from a variety of sources and locations.  There is no one group who are increasing our vulnerability to COVID-19.

If we all work together to do the right thing during this public health crisis, we will all be able to enjoy the Truckee-Tahoe mountain area in a responsible and respectful way sooner rather than later.

Nevada County Limits Evictions in Unincorporated Areas

Limits On Evictions in Unincorporated Areas

The Board of Supervisors suspended the authority of any landlord to commence residential or commercial property eviction of tenants based on the following through May 31, 2020, unless otherwise terminated or extended:

The basis of the eviction is non-payment of rent, or a foreclosure, arising out of a substantial decrease in household or business income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses; and

The decrease in household or business income or the out-of-pocket medical expenses describe above was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, or by any local, state, or federal government response to COVID-19, and is documented.

Board of Supervisors also requests all financial institutions in the County holding home or commercial mortgages, including banks, credit unions, government-sponsored enterprises, and institutional investors, to implement an immediate moratorium on foreclosures and related evictions when the foreclosure or foreclosure-related eviction arises out of a substantial decrease in household or business income, or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses, which were caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, or by any local, state, or federal government response to COVID-19.

Nevada County Reports 4th Person with COVID-19

Nevada County Public Health Reports Fourth Person with Confirmed COVID-19

Nevada County Public Health has confirmed its fourth case of COVID-19. The person who was diagnosed is an adult who resides in Eastern Nevada County, and self-isolated while symptomatic. The mode of transmission is undetermined at this time, and is still under investigation. Public Health staff has been in touch with the person’s household contacts, all of whom are self-isolating at home as well.

As additional people are diagnosed with COVID-19, we will report the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County on the County’s www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus website.

Importance of Stay-at-Home Order

The statewide Stay-at-Home Order is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our community. By staying at home except for essential activities such as food, necessary medical needs and time outdoors while practicing social distancing, we can slow the spread, flatten the curve and limit the impacts to local health care systems.

Health officers across northern California jurisdictions are responding to quickly increasing cases and serious illnesses across the region. Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks.

Find local, up-to-date information and links to state and federal guidance at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus. Please call 211 (also available at 1-833-DIAL211), for all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.

Nevada County Reports 4th Person with COVID-19

Nevada County Public Health Reports Fourth Person with Confirmed COVID-19

Nevada County Public Health has confirmed its fourth case of COVID-19. The person who was diagnosed is an adult who resides in Eastern Nevada County, and self-isolated while symptomatic. The mode of transmission is undetermined at this time, and is still under investigation. Public Health staff has been in touch with the person’s household contacts, all of whom are self-isolating at home as well.

As additional people are diagnosed with COVID-19, we will report the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County on the County’s www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus website.

Importance of Stay-at-Home Order

The statewide Stay-at-Home Order is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our community. By staying at home except for essential activities such as food, necessary medical needs and time outdoors while practicing social distancing, we can slow the spread, flatten the curve and limit the impacts to local health care systems.

Health officers across northern California jurisdictions are responding to quickly increasing cases and serious illnesses across the region. Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks.

Find local, up-to-date information and links to state and federal guidance at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus. Please call 211 (also available at 1-833-DIAL211), for all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.

NCPH Clarifies “Stay-at-Home” for Short-term Rentals

Nevada County Public Health Clarifies “Stay-at-Home” for Short-term Rentals

3-24-2020 Public Health

On March 19th, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20, requiring all persons residing in the State to remain in their homes or places of residence, except as needed to maintain the continuity of operations for critical infrastructure

Nevada County Health Officer, Dr. Ken Cutler, has issued a local Order to clarify that while short-term lodging facilities may help temporarily house local homeless populations or critical infrastructure workers, they should not house people for non-essential needs such as short-term vacation rentals. This Nevada County Order applies to hotels, motels, condominiums or other units. If a short-term rental does not fit into the categories listed in the local Order, it should be closed.

If there is uncertainty of a short-term lodging facility falling within the State’s Stay-at-Home Order, Nevada County Public Health and Office of Emergency Services are able authorize it’s use.

Importance of Stay-at-Home Order 

Coronavirus continues to be an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

“California’s Stay-at-Home Order is more important than ever. Nevada County has beautiful, rural destination towns, and the public health and safety of our community is our first priority,” said Nevada County Public Health Officer, Dr, Cutler. “By clarifying the intent of the Stay-at-Home Order we hope that people will truly stay in their place of residence and let people know that this is not the time to be traveling.”

This local Order will remain in effect until rescinded by the Nevada County Health Officer.

The statewide Stay-at-Home Order is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our community. By staying at home except for essential activities such as food, necessary medical needs and time outdoors while practicing social distancing, we can slow the spread, flatten the curve and limit the impacts to local health care systems.

Health officers across northern California jurisdictions are responding to quickly increasing cases and serious illnesses across the region. Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks.

Nevada County Reports 3rd Person with COVID-19

Nevada County Public Health Reports Third Person with Confirmed COVID-19

The adult person, who resides in Western Nevada County, recently traveled outside the country, and at this time, it appears the disease was acquired during international travel. The person’s close household contacts are under quarantine and have no symptoms at this time, and this person was not out in the community while symptomatic. For confidentiality reasons, no other details or information about this case will be shared.

As stated previously, the Public Health Department team anticipates seeing an increase in diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County. With an increase in testing availability and an increase in community transmitted cases of COVID-19 across our region, everyone should expect to see Nevada County’s case count continue to rise. The importance of adherence to California’s Stay-At-Home Order is more important than ever. Doing so will help protect individuals, their loved ones and our local health care system.

As additional people are diagnosed with COVID-19, we will report the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County on the County’s www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus website. The website also includes preparedness resources and updates.

The State Health Officer has created a document outlining what she has designated to be Essential Sectors and Essential Workforce and is posted at: covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf

Nevada County Reports 3rd Person with COVID-19

Nevada County Public Health Reports Third Person with Confirmed COVID-19

The adult person, who resides in Western Nevada County, recently traveled outside the country, and at this time, it appears the disease was acquired during international travel. The person’s close household contacts are under quarantine and have no symptoms at this time, and this person was not out in the community while symptomatic. For confidentiality reasons, no other details or information about this case will be shared.

As stated previously, the Public Health Department team anticipates seeing an increase in diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County. With an increase in testing availability and an increase in community transmitted cases of COVID-19 across our region, everyone should expect to see Nevada County’s case count continue to rise. The importance of adherence to California’s Stay-At-Home Order is more important than ever. Doing so will help protect individuals, their loved ones and our local health care system.

As additional people are diagnosed with COVID-19, we will report the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County on the County’s www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus website. The website also includes preparedness resources and updates.

The State Health Officer has created a document outlining what she has designated to be Essential Sectors and Essential Workforce and is posted at: covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf

Nevada County Reports 2nd Person with COVID-19

Nevada County is announcing its second community member with a confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The person is an adult, resides in Eastern Nevada County, and was hospitalized out of the area.

This case appears to be a community transmission case meaning the person had no travel history or known contact with another confirmed case. The person’s close household contacts are under quarantine and have no symptoms at this time. For confidentiality reasons, no other details or information about this case will be shared.

Nevada County Public Health Department has anticipated seeing an increase in diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County. Our county borders are porous, and have quite a bit of traffic and movement across our borders into Placer, Sacramento, Yuba, Sutter and Washoe Counties, and there is increased evidence of community transmission across the state. With an increase in testing availability and an increase in community transmitted cases of COVID-19 regionally, everyone should expect to see Nevada County’s case count continue to rise. As Nevada County’s case count potentially rises, Nevada County will be updating the www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus

Nevada County Reports 2nd Person with COVID-19

Nevada County is announcing its second community member with a confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The person is an adult, resides in Eastern Nevada County, and was hospitalized out of the area.

This case appears to be a community transmission case meaning the person had no travel history or known contact with another confirmed case. The person’s close household contacts are under quarantine and have no symptoms at this time. For confidentiality reasons, no other details or information about this case will be shared.

Nevada County Public Health Department has anticipated seeing an increase in diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County. Our county borders are porous, and have quite a bit of traffic and movement across our borders into Placer, Sacramento, Yuba, Sutter and Washoe Counties, and there is increased evidence of community transmission across the state. With an increase in testing availability and an increase in community transmitted cases of COVID-19 regionally, everyone should expect to see Nevada County’s case count continue to rise. As Nevada County’s case count potentially rises, Nevada County will be updating the www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus

Placer County Offices Will Limit Counter Services

To help stop the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, Placer County will provide limited public counter service effective March 17 until at least March 29. Essential services such as law enforcement, fire and emergency services, garbage, recycling, water and wastewater will continue.

Though some county buildings will close to the public, many services will still be available online or by phone.

A full list of closures and which county services will still be available is being developed and will be published on Placer’s website, as well as a directory to access county services residents may need.

“We are proud to serve thousands of our residents every day at offices throughout the county. But with COVID-19, that accessibility presents a real risk to our community and our employees that we just can’t take,” said Placer County Executive Officer Todd Leopold. “We will do everything possible to limit any service disruptions this may cause and we appreciate our residents’ understanding and support as we work through this difficult time together.”

County staff are evaluating how to conduct public meetings safely while allowing for community input and information about any meeting scheduling or format changes will be published as it becomes available.

Placer County declared a local health emergency and a local emergency March 3 to ensure public health professionals have all necessary tools at their disposal to keep the community safe from COVID-19. Placer’s ongoing COVID-19 response will continue uninterrupted by the office closure.

“As the latest social distancing guidance from the federal and state governments affirm, the best thing all of us can do to help slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home,” said Placer Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “Limiting public counter access is in line with this approach and sets the right example for other organizations to help protect their employees and customers.”

Health Professionals Needed 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.

NCPH Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Nevada County Public Health Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Wash Hands_NewsFlash

Highlights:

  • 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

Nevada County Public Health Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

The person recently traveled outside the country, and at this time it appears the disease was acquired during international travel, but we are still in the earliest stages of investigation. The person’s close household contacts are under quarantine and have no symptoms at this time. The person was not out in the community while ill.

“Our team has been planning to see COVID-19 in Nevada County and we have been working with local partners such as local health providers, schools, and business community to prepare,” said Nevada County Public Health Officer Dr. Ken Cutler. “We have seen how the virus has been transmitted through the community in other states and in parts of California, and we recommend the public prepare for community transmission in Nevada County, unrelated to this case, as well.”

“We are working around the clock to make sure residents have the best information possible and are informed to help slow the spread of this disease. There are actions community members can take to help protect themselves, their families and coworkers. By taking simple, but effective steps together we can slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Cutler.

How To Protect Yourself and Others

  • Self-isolate if you are 65 years of age older OR if you have a compromised immune system or a serious underlying medical condition. This effort will help protect those most vulnerable to serious illness caused by this disease.
  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Follow guidance from public health officials. Find local coronavirus information at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus.

In addition, Nevada County Public Health states that with increased community transmission across the state and increasing numbers of cases in nearby counties, we should assume that there are likely undetected cases and act as though there is community transmission occurring in Nevada County, so everyone should be aware and practice the recommended steps to keep themselves healthy, including social distancing. Public Health is working with partners in health care, education, business, law enforcement and others to prevent and slow the spread of this illness, and every community member will need to do their part as well if we want to preserve the public health and safety of our county’s residents.

COVID-19 Testing

While the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 is in the headlines and is a genuine public health threat, the community should know that there is still quite a bit of flu activity and other health emergencies continue to happen on a regular basis. People have other serious respiratory illnesses, heart attacks, broken bones, etc., and while our small, rural community has an excellent local health system, it can easily be saturated and overwhelmed if people try to access unnecessary care. Public Health is in regular contact with our hospitals and other health care partners, and we are working collectively to inform concerned community members about how to care for themselves while remaining sensitive to the capacity of our local health care systems.

One of the most common questions being asked of us all is, “Can I be tested for coronavirus?” Here is what we want everyone to know:

  • The demand for COVID-19 testing continues to exceed capacity, though expanded testing remains a high priority.
  • In general, testing for the COVID-19 virus is not helpful if you do not have symptoms.
  • Most people will get better with rest and self-care, so there is no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms. If you have symptoms similar to a cold and you feel like you can manage them with over-the-counter medications from the comfort of your home, that is what you should do, regardless of whether or not it could be COVID-19. Also, please stay home to limit exposure to others.
  • If you are sick, your health care provider may decide to do a test for coronavirus. At this time only health care providers can order tests for COVID-19. Again, since most people will get better with rest and time, there is no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms. If you are sick and think you should be tested for COVID-19, call your doctor before going in for care. If you don’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 (or 833-342-5211) for help finding a clinician near you.
  • Certain patients such as the elderly, those that are immune compromised or have underlying medical conditions should contact their doctor earlier if they have symptoms. Again, they should contact their clinic or provider before going in.
  • Please do not call 911 to request testing for COVID-19 and please do not go to emergency rooms unless you are seriously ill and require emergency care.

Protecting our local health care system will require prudence and commitment from us all. Please help us ensure that care is available for those most in need of it.

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.

Free Film Screening Explores Opioid Addiction

Written Off posterJoin Nevada County Public Health and Nevada Joint Union High School District Adult Ed for a special free screening of the award-winning documentary film Written Off. Chronicling a young man’s struggles with opioid addiction, the film is told through “grippingly honest personal journals” as he works to to conceal how “an innocent prescription for painkillers leads to a 10-year struggle to escape opiates and the stigma that surrounds his addiction.”

Director Molly Hermann and one of the film’s inspirations, Jane Edwards, will be on-hand for the screening and panel discussion.

Learn more about the film at written-off.com.

Details

What: Screening of the film Written Off

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Don Baggett Theatre, 11761 Ridge Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959

Cost: Free

Admission is free, with open seating. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Health Education Coordinator Toby Guevin at 530-265-7018. 

Take Charge of Your Diabetes with Upcoming Class

Connecting Point is hosting a free workshop to help Nevada County residents prioritize their long-term health.

The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their caregivers. Get proactive, take control of your health, and gain valuable tools to make more informed health decisions. You’ll leave this six-week class with a better understanding of the human body, learn about risk factors for diabetes, and gain tools for self-care, symptom management, exercise, and meal planning.

Diabetes Self-Management classes are on Tuesdays, February 11th through March 17th from 2:00-4:00 pm at Connecting Point, 208 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

All Connecting Point classes are free and open to the public. Diabetes Self-Management is offered in partnership with Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with assistance from the Nevada County Public Health Department.

For more information or to register, call Karen at 530-274-5601 or register online at connectingpoint.org/events.

Take Charge of Your Health with Upcoming Class

Connecting Point is hosting a free workshop to help Nevada County residents prioritize their long-term health.

Living Well with a Chronic Condition is geared toward folks with health conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, depression, and emphysema. Over this 6-week course, participants will share experiences, make action plans, and problem-solve alongside others with chronic conditions. This innovative and interactive workshop will help you improve your quality of life and lower your health care costs. You’ll learn techniques for dealing with frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation; build your strength and endurance; and learn how to effectively communicate with family, friends, and health professionals.

Living Well with a Chronic Condition classes are on Thursdays, January 16th through February 20th from 2:00-4:30 pm at the Cedar Park Apartments Community Room, 210 Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

All Connecting Point classes are free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, call Karen at 530-274-5601 or register online at connectingpoint.org/events.

Free Health Clinic January 11 & 12

Free health clinic flyerNevada County residents in need of basic medical care will soon have a chance to see a medical professional for free. United Way of Nevada County is hosting a California CareForce (CCF) health clinic on January 11th and 12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The 2-day clinic will will provide up to 1,000 attendees with free dental, eye, and medical exams and subsequent basic dental work and vision correction with glasses.

Clinic Appointments

You MUST have a wristband to receive clinic services. You can pick up a wristband at the Nevada County Fairgrounds the day before you want to be seen.

To be seen on Saturday: pick up a wristband on Friday from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

To be seen on Sunday: pick up a wristband on Saturday from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Enter through Gate 4 and go through the main parking lot to Gate 5.

Veteran Priority

Veterans and active members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve and their families will receive priority entrance to the clinic, beginning at 7:00 am on each clinic day. Veterans do NOT have to wait in line for a wristband the day before and can receive services on the same day they visit the clinic. Look for the “Veterans Line Starts Here” sign when you arrive and provide a copy of your DD-214 or military, reserve or VA ID card or California driver’s license/ID card that has the military designation. Service is not limited to those with an honorable discharge status.

Volunteers Needed

The clinic is still in need of medical professionals to volunteer their time. There is also a need for volunteers to help set up and tear down. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to call California CareForce at 916-749-4170 or visit CaliforniaCareforce.org.

Improve Your Health with Free Classes

Cover of Community Classes booklet2020 is here! Now is a great time to make plans and take steps to improve your health in the coming year. Connecting Point is offering several classes to help you do just that. These free Community Classes are open to all Nevada County residents. Highlights include:

Health & Independence

Bus Basics
Get an overview of our local bus system and learn to ride with confidence. Learn about fares, passes, and payment options and become an expert at reading the bus schedule. Register

Cancer: Thriving & Surviving (6-week series)
This program is designed for people who are managing cancer or are in remission. Learn how to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, poor sleep habits, and decisions about treatment and
complementary therapies. You will actively engage and learn how to communicate effectively with family, friends, and health professionals. Gain confidence in your ability to manage your health and maintain an active, fulfilling life. Register

Ready, Set, Safe: Preparing for Disaster
Disaster can strike at any time without warning. Learn how to make a plan to protect yourself, your family, and your property during disasters. Register

Wellness

Chair Yoga
De-stress with this low-impact yoga class combining gentle movement with mindfulness techniques. Register

Stress Busters!
Beat back stress with this fun, interactive series. Explore a variety of stress-busting tools and techniques. Learn to use exercise, nutrition, and a healthy dose of humor to master stress and live a healthier life. Register

Qigong
Use breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to improve your life energy (qi). Qigong promotes health, vitality, and a tranquil state. These sessions provide a practical daily ritual to self-healing. Register

Check out the full slate of classes on Connecting Point’s Eventbrite page or call Karen at 530-274-5601 to register.

Help Prevent Suicide with Upcoming Trainings

Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference.

safeTALK Training

Learn and practice powerful, life-saving skills in just four hours. Using a simple yet effective model, LivingWorks safeTALK empowers everyone to make a difference. With over 120,000 people attending each year, it’s the world’s fastest-growing suicide prevention training.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 9:00am 1:00pm

Where: Empire Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945)

Registration required. Register here.

ASIST Training

LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Training) is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At a LivingWorks ASIST workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.

When: December 10 & December 11 (8:00am – 4:30pm both days)

Where: Providence Room at the Rood Center (2nd Floor, 950 Maidu Ave. Nevada City, CA 95945)

Registration required. Register here.

For questions or more information, please contact Toby Guevin, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Nevada County, at toby.guevin@co.nevada.ca.us or (530) 265-7018