2020 Census Self-Response Period Set to End on October 15th

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end of October.

President Donald Trump’s administration had asked the nation’s high court to suspend a district court’s order permitting the 2020 census to continue through the end of the month. The Trump administration argued that the head count needed to end immediately so the U.S. Census Bureau had enough time to crunch the numbers before a congressionally mandated year-end deadline for turning in figures used for deciding how many congressional seats each state gets.

The census determines how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets and how $1.5 trillion in federal funding is distributed each year.

As of Tuesday, 99.7% of households nationwide had been counted, a figure that surpassed the completion rate in 2010, according to the Census Bureau.

For more information, visit the US Census Bureau’s website.

To complete the Census now, visit my2020census.gov.

CARES Act Deadline Approaching for Economic Impact Payments

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorized Economic Impact Payments to American households of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child under 17 years old.  Most people received their EIP automatically but for those individuals who are not beneficiaries of certain public benefits and/or who do not typically file federal income taxes, additional action is needed.

The EIP Information and Resources Hub will take you to a landing page where you may access resources and instructions for members of the public, or instructional materials for county and community partners, along with a useful information guide about EIP and where to direct clients who still haven’t received their EIP.

We hope that you will find this resource and information hub a valuable tool in getting information out and supporting the drive to get as many eligible Californian’s their EIPs.  The upcoming deadlines are as follows for obtaining the EIP:

October 15th, for those individuals filing their 2019 federal income tax returns, who did file for an extension.

October 15th, for those individuals not required to file 2019 income taxes, and will therefore use the IRS Non-filer tool.

NOTE: for all individuals who have not submitted the requisite documentation by October 15, 2020 to request their EIP, they may still receive their EIP by filing their 2021 federal income tax returns, due April 15, 2021.

If you have questions or need additional guidance regarding the information in this email, contact the CDSS CalWORKs Engagement Bureau at (916) 654-2137.

NCPSPS 2020

Information Sources | Weather Advisory | Community Resource Centers

Latest News

9/28 12:50pm: PG&E has given the weather “all clear” for the current PSPS event in Nevada County! PG&E helicopters are flying out of our Nevada County Airport to begin inspecting lines and expects most power to be restored by late tonight. PG&E Community Resource Centers will remain open until we have 100% restoration in our area. More here.

9/27 12:30pm: Due to favorable forecasted weather conditions, expected #PSPS outages for Nevada County have reduced to 2,887 customers beginning de-energization later this afternoon. More information from PG&E here: bit.ly/347I39K

9/27 8:30am: PG&E is reporting that Customer Resource Centers are available. In Nevada County, CRCs are located at Elks Lodge in Nevada City and Foothill Event Center in Grass Valley. Find more info at http://PGE.com/PSPSUpdates

9/25 5:30pm: PG&E is reporting that approximately 7,345 customers in Nevada County may be impacted by a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff starting early Sunday morning. Read more from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services and for more information visit PG&E‘s PSPS updates page.

Information Sources

Ready Nevada County Dashboard

An up-to-date, searchable map with current PSPS zones is available:

Preparedness Resources

Stay prepared during a Red Flag Warning.

Status Updates

Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Status Language and Definitions:

  • PSPS Warning: A PSPS Watch will be upgraded to a Warning when forecasted conditions show that a safety shutoff will be needed, and that it is going to happen soon. Whenever possible, Warning notifications will be sent approximately four to 12 hours in advance of the power being shutoff.
  • PSPS Watch:  Whenever possible, an initial Watch notification will be sent two days in advance of a potential PSPS event, followed by an additional Watch notification one day before the potential PSPS event, notifying customers of the possibility of a PSPS event in their area based on forecasted conditions.

Weather Advisory/Air Quality

Update 9/24 @ noon: A Fire Weather Watch is in place over the weekend in Nevada County from Saturday, September 26 – Monday, September 28.

Weather Advisory Language and Definitions:

  • Red Flag Warning: Take Action. Be extremely careful with open flames. National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning when fire conditions are ongoing or expected to occur shortly.
  • Fire Weather Watch: Be Prepared. A watch means critical fire weather conditions are possible but not imminent or occurring.

Community Resource Centers

Nevada County Moves into Orange “Moderate” Tier

On August 31st, the State introduced a new tiered framework that connects the level of openness of business sectors to COVID-19 conditions on the ground. Nevada County was initially placed in the Red “Substantial” Tier, but today the State announced that Nevada County has moved into the Orange “Moderate” Tier which allows some businesses to safely increase activities and capacity pursuant to guidance.

“The ability to move to the Orange Tier is due to due to the excellent work of our communicable disease control team and the efforts of the community,” said Interim Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson. “Although this is welcome news, we need to continue to be diligent about the COVID safe practices we’ve all been doing since there will more potential for COVID-19 exposures. It’s particularly important that we to take precautions like staying home if you are showing COVID-like symptoms, especially as some offices may begin opening indoors with modifications.”

Nevada County Public Health reminds residents to continue practicing social distancing, masking, hand washing, and minimizing social mixing between households.

Changes in business modifications as we move into the Orange “Moderate” Tier

Nevada County businesses can start modifying their business operations according to the guidance published on the State’s COVID19.ca.gov website beginning today, September 22nd. Some notable changes while moving from the Red “Substantial” tier to the Orange “Moderate” Tier are:

  • Restaurants: Can open indoors up to 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever if fewer) with modifications.
  • Retail: Can open with modifications. No capacity limits.
  • Movie theaters: Can open indoors up to 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever if fewer) with modifications.
  • Gyms and fitness centers: Can open indoors up to 25% capacity with modifications. Indoor pools are included with modifications.
  • Family entertainment centers: Can open indoors up to 25% capacity with modifications for naturally distanced activities including bowling alleys and climbing walls.
  • Places of Worship: Can open indoors up to 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever if fewer) with modifications.
  • Bars and Breweries: Can open outdoors only with modifications and without food.
  • Wineries: Can open indoors up to 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever is fewer) with modifications.

Please reference the State’s COVID19.ca.gov website for complete COVID-19 business safety guidelines and modifications.

As we move to less restrictive tiers, we need to be even more diligent than ever before as we’ll likely have more potential for exposures. The data can easily move in the other direction, and if we want to keep moving forward it is incumbent upon us as a community to embrace safety and continue to reduce spread. All members of the community are encouraged to consider how personal behavior can help keep Nevada County in the Orange “Moderate” Tier.  Individual action will lead to collective mitigation that will affect the county’s tier status and our collective behavior matters. Wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands and getting tested can keep Nevada County in the Orange “Moderate” Tier, allowing businesses to remain with the increased the capacity in their facilities.

Additional Resources

Find more information about COVID-19 in Nevada County at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus. Email questions about the State’s COVID-19 business sector guidance to covid19recovery@co.nevada.ca.us. To submit a business compliance complaint, visit www.mynevadacounty.com/asknevco or submit via the Ask Nevada County app.

Help Nevada County Move Into the Orange Tier

On August 31st, the State introduced a new tiered framework that connects the level of openness of business sectors to COVID-19 conditions on the ground. Nevada County was initially placed in the red “Substantial” tier, but Nevada County remains on the cusp of the orange “Moderate” tier which would allow some businesses to safely increase the capacity in facilities. The soonest Nevada County could advance to the orange “Moderate” tier is September 22nd, but only if we meet the necessary criteria for two consecutive weeks.

“The ability to move forward depends on all of us staying the course – social distancing, masking, hand washing, and minimizing social mixing between households,” said Interim Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson. “If we demonstrate less illness in our community in the days to come, we will be able to loosen restrictions on businesses. Let’s keep doing the right thing together!”

Nevada County on-track to move into the orange tier, pending community’s actions

The first significant benchmark in moving into the orange tier was the State’s data release at noon on Tuesday, September 15th. As of that release, Nevada County meets criteria for the orange “Moderate” tier.

“Nevada County Public Health wants to thank the community for their partnership in making modifications in our everyday lives to lessen both the health and business impacts of COVID-19,” said Public Health Director Jill Blake. “We understand how difficult it can be to change our daily habits and it’s because of these efforts that we may be able to move safely forward towards increasing capacity in some businesses sectors next week. We encourage everyone to stay diligent about wearing your mask, keeping your distance and refraining from gatherings.”

If Nevada County continues to meet the State’s benchmark for the orange “Moderate” tier for next week’s update, we will safely advance to the increased business activity that is allowed in the orange “Moderate” tier on September 22nd.  

The data can easily move in the other direction, and if we want to keep moving forward it is incumbent upon us as a community to embrace safety and continue to reduce spread. All members of the community are encouraged to consider how personal behavior can help move Nevada County to the next tier ranking, especially over the upcoming week.  Individual action will lead to collective mitigation that will shift the county’s tier status and our collective behavior matters. Wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands and getting tested can help move Nevada County from the red “Substantial” tier to the orange “Moderate” tier, allowing businesses to safely increase the capacity in facilities.

Additional Resources

Find more information about COVID-19 in Nevada County at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus. Email questions about the State’s COVID-19 business sector guidance to covid19recovery@co.nevada.ca.us. To submit a business compliance complaint, visit www.mynevadacounty.com/asknevco or submit via the Ask Nevada County app.

NCPSPS 2020

Information Sources | Weather Advisory | Community Resource Centers

Information Sources

Ready Nevada County Dashboard

An up-to-date, searchable map with current PSPS zones is available:

Preparedness Resources

Stay prepared during a Red Flag Warning.

Status Updates

Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Status Language and Definitions:

  • PSPS Warning: A PSPS Watch will be upgraded to a Warning when forecasted conditions show that a safety shutoff will be needed, and that it is going to happen soon. Whenever possible, Warning notifications will be sent approximately four to 12 hours in advance of the power being shutoff.
  • PSPS Watch:  Whenever possible, an initial Watch notification will be sent two days in advance of a potential PSPS event, followed by an additional Watch notification one day before the potential PSPS event, notifying customers of the possibility of a PSPS event in their area based on forecasted conditions.

Weather Advisory/Air Quality

Update 9/24 @ noon: A Fire Weather Watch is in place over the weekend in Nevada County from Saturday, September 26 – Monday, September 28.

Weather Advisory Language and Definitions:

  • Red Flag Warning: Take Action. Be extremely careful with open flames. National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning when fire conditions are ongoing or expected to occur shortly.
  • Fire Weather Watch: Be Prepared. A watch means critical fire weather conditions are possible but not imminent or occurring.

Community Resource Centers

Jones Fire Recovery and Wildfire Preparedness

As of the publication of this news item, the Jones Fire is at 705 acres and 85% contained. All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted, and Nevada County is moving into the recovery phase of this disaster.

As a partner to Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, 211 Connecting Point keeps concerned residents and their families up-to-date.

211 call center staff fielded 1,820 calls last week, helping people connect with information and resources pertaining to the Jones Fire. We sent out 45 updates to over 10,800 people at peek subscribership to our 797979 JONES text code. Our Jones Fire web page was viewed over 25,000 times. Even as some of our staff were impacted by evacuation or temporary power outages, as members of this community, we are proud to serve our friends and neighbors.

Here are some important resources if you were directly impacted by the Jones Fire or evacuations:  

The staff at 211 Connecting Point wish all those impacted by the fire and related evacuations swift recovery. We send our deep appreciation to first responders and staff still on the scene at the Jones Fire working on full containment, and those who are working on wildfires across the state of California.

211 Connecting Point encourages all of our Nevada County callers to sign up for CodeRED. This is the official emergency notification system of Nevada County that will directly notify you via call and text message if there is an evacuation order or warning for your address. Wildfire season has only just begun. It is important to  maintain situational awareness and stay prepared.  Be sure to:

NCPH Announces Two Additional COVID-19 Deaths

The Nevada County Department of Public Health announced two additional deaths due to COVID-19. This brings are total deaths to five.

These individuals were elderly Western Nevada County residents who recently became ill with COVID-19, and are associated with an outbreak in an assisted living facility.

Out of respect for the privacy of the family, Nevada County Public Health is not sharing any further details.

For additional information on COVID-19 and what you can do to mitigate its spread, please visit Nevada County’s novel coronavirus webpage at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus.

New Census Deadline September 30th

Stand up and be counted by September 30th. In early August the US Census Bureau cut the Census 2020 deadline short by a month, putting a complete count at significant risk. Census counts determine California’s access to millions of dollars in federal funding, the number of seats California holds in the House of Representatives, and how Congressional and State Legislative districts are drawn. It’s important that everyone complete the Census without delay.

Traditionally, workers and volunteers go door to door, reaching out to people who have not yet responded to the Census. This is challenging in the wake of COVID-19, made harder by the reduced timeline. Completing the Census for your household online or by phone today will help focus outreach efforts on the 2 million people who may not otherwise complete the Census.

Another barrier is confusion and concern about who should complete the Census. The Census is for everyone, including:

  • Residents regardless of immigration status. There is no immigration question on the Census
  • People who speak languages other than English. The Census can be completed in over 13 languages
  • Children in the household. Children from 0-5 are often undercounted in the Census

The Census Bureau is sworn to uphold the safety and security of your information. Find out more about security and how Census information is used.

Essential county services like wildfire and disaster response rely on federal funding based on the information collected during the Census. The Census impacts local access to school programs, critical transportation services, housing and social services. Undercounts can reduce these services in our local communities for the decade to come.

Participating in the Census takes about 10 minutes and ensures that your community has funding for critical local services. Help us spread the word in one click – share our Facebook post.

To learn more, visit NevadaCountyCounts.org

Jones Fire

Text Alerts | Information Sources | Weather Advisory | Evacuation | Road Closures | Shelter | Recovery

Text Alerts

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    Information Sources

    An up-to-date, searchable visual map with current fire footprint, evacuations zones and status is available at:

    In-person information boards and maps are available at:

    • Raley’s
    • Nevada County Fairgrounds – Gate 2
    • Ready Springs School
    • North San Juan Post Office
    • Eric Rood Administration Center Lobby

    Preparedness Resources

    Weather Advisory

    Weather Advisory Language and Definitions:

    • Red Flag Warning: Take Action. Be extremely careful with open flames. National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning when fire conditions are ongoing or expected to occur shortly.
    • Fire Weather Watch: Be Prepared. A watch means critical fire weather conditions are possible but not imminent or occurring.

    UPDATE 8/22/20 @ 11:25PM: Fire Weather Watch Upgraded to a Red Flag Warning Sunday-Monday. Find ways you can prepare for fire weather.

    UPDATE 8/21/20 @ 11:30AM: Thunderstorms with little to no rainfall  are possible once again Sunday – Tuesday. These could produce fire starts, so a Fire Weather Watch has been issued. Remember, always have an emergency plan during fire season in case a fire starts near you.

    Smoke from Several Wildfires Burning in Northern California is Impacting the Sacramento Region. Go to https://readynevadacounty.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3199 for more information.

    Evacuation

    Evacuation Language and Definitions:

    • Evacuation Order: Immediate threat to life and a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access
    • Evacuation Warning: Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
    • Shelter in Place: Go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.

    Evacuation Orders

    For a visual map and to look up your address, refer to mynevadacounty.com/dashboard

    UPDATE from OES: 8/21/20 @ 6:55PM
    All evacuations have been lifted for the #JonesIncident.

    Visit http://readynevadacounty.org/mobiledashboard.

    Evacuation Warnings

    UPDATE 8/20/20 @ 1:30PM: There are no longer any Evacuation Warnings in place for the Jones Fire.

    Road Closures

    UPDATE 8/22/20 @ 9:00AM
    Highway 49 above Nevada City has reopened to traffic with no restrictions. The roadway was closed for several days due to the Jones Fire.

    Shelter

    Temporary Evacuation Points

    As of 2pm on 8/21/2020, all temporary evacuation points have been closed due to lack of utilization.

    Animal Evacuation

    An animal evacuation shelter has been activated at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

    If you need to get into an evacuated area to check on animals, go to the Nevada County Fairgrounds to be placed on a list with animal evacuation. Law enforcement is utilizing that list.

    Call 530-557-5474 for questions about animal evacuation.

    Gold Country Stage and Gold Country Lift are providing transportation for evacuees with animals. Animals must be able to be carried & controlled by their owners. Animals too large to be carried by their owners (e.g. livestock, cows, horses) are not allowed. All service animals are allowed. Contact the County of Nevada Transportation Department at 530-477-0103.

    Recovery Resources

    The Nevada County Relief Fund may provide residents displaced as a result of the Jones Fire with short-term assistance to fill immediate needs such as temporary accommodations, groceries, gas, etc. or make repairs necessary to help get you rehoused. Grantmaking is limited to funds raised; applications will be evaluated by County caseworkers. Apply here.

    Wildfire evacuees may be eligible for cost reimbursement from their insurance company. See the news release from CA Dept. of Insurance.

    Public Health: Cooling Centers Available in Western Nevada County

    With high temperatures forecasted today and through next Thursday, the Nevada County Public Health Department and Office of Emergency Services are activating air-conditioned Cooling Centers in Western Nevada County. Cooling Centers will be located in the following locations from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Need will be evaluated daily based on weather conditions. Cooling Centers may remain open through Thursday if the need is determined.
    Saturday, August 15, 2020:


    • Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn, Grass Valley, CA 959545 Sunday, August 16, 2020: • Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn, Grass Valley, CA 959545
    • Ready Springs Elementary School Gymnasium, 10862 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946
    Monday & Tuesday, August 17 & 18, 2020:
    • Nevada Union High School Multipurpose Room, 11761 Ridge Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95945
    • Ready Springs Elementary School Gymnasium, 10862 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946
    • South County Location: TBD

    All centers will operate in compliance with health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Health screenings, temperature checks, physical distancing and face coverings will be required.
    A Cooling Center is a temporary air-conditioned public space set up by local authorities to deal with the health effects of extreme heat over an extended period of time. Cooling Centers are meant to prevent hyperthermia, especially among the elderly without air conditioning at home. Cooling Centers provide shade, water, along with referrals to social services. Due to the potentiality of rotating power outages, charging stations will also be made available.

    During high temperatures, people should remember to:
    • Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during and after outdoor activities.
    • Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors.
    • Wear loose-fitting, light clothing; wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears and neck if you’ll be outside.
    • Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours.
    • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol.
    • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat.
    • Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually.
    • Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts.
    • Check on frail, elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat.
    • Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid.
    • Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight.
    • Take care of pets! Make sure they have plenty of shade and water to drink; walk dogs when the temperature is cooler.


    Rotating Power Outages The Office of Emergency Services has been in contact with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E, on Friday August 14, was directed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to turn off power to about 200,000 to 250,000 customers at a time in rotating power outages given the strain on the power grid during the statewide heatwave.
    The power was turned off in rotating blocks until about 10:00 p.m. Power was out for about one hour for each block. Per information from CAISO, power is not anticipated to be turned off for Nevada County, Saturday August 15 or Sunday August 16. However, CAISO is monitoring an extended excessive heat trend in the early part of next week which may necessitate the implementation of Ordered Grid Constraint Brown Outs which could affect Nevada County
    Californians are being urged to continue to conserve power to reduce power usage as supplies run tight during the peak period. Rotating outages are not Public Safety Power Shutoffs, which are conducted during specific high fire threat conditions.
    *The Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building is utilized as a COVID-19 testing center Monday through Friday and therefore will not be available as a Cooling Center during the week.
    Helpful links:
    Ready Nevada County Dashboard: ReadyNevadaCounty.org/Dashboard
    For additional information on how to prevent heat related illness, visit:
    https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/EPO/Pages/Extreme%20Heat%20Pages/BI_Natural-Disasters_Extreme-Heat.aspx

    For additional information on COVID-19 in Nevada County visit:
    https://www.mynevadacounty.com/Coronavirus


    National Weather Service Sacramento, Excessive Heat Warning:
    https://www.weather.gov/sto/?fbclid=IwAR3hcILqDG0V38DMkMgOjKOWJuhI6v3-Ms_Nq6rWv4La-DOCQhgaSfXxRt0.

    Sign-up for California Independent System Operator Notifications: http://www.caiso.com/informed/Pages/Notifications/Default.aspx


    California Independent System Operator Notifications Fact Sheet: http://www.caiso.com/Documents/SystemAlertsWarningsandEmergenciesFactSheet.pdf

    NCPH Announces Second COVID-19 Related Death in Nevada County

    Nevada County Public Health is reporting the second Nevada County death related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The person was an elderly Western Nevada County resident who recently became ill with COVID-19. This death is not associated with a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility.
    “Our thoughts are with the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased,” said Dr. Rick Johnson, Nevada County’s Interim Health Officer. “This is a tragic reminder of the seriousness of COVID-19, and reminder of the need to take extra precautions in order to protect those who are most vulnerable to developing a serious illness as a result of this disease.”
    Out of respect for the privacy of the family, Nevada County Public Health is not sharing any further details.
    For additional information on COVID-19 and what you can do to mitigate its spread, please visit Nevada County’s novel coronavirus webpage at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus.

    OES Seeks Feedback on CodeRED Emergency Alert Test

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    August 12, 2020, the Office of Emergency Services conducted a test of Nevada County’s CodeRED Emergency Alert System and they seek your feedback. Share your experience by completing the emergency alert test Community Survey!

    Feedback is requested whether or not you received an alert. Complete the survey here: ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlertSurvey

    More than 150 surveys have already been submitted providing valuable information about the emergency alert test. Many residents shared that the alert appeared to be a sales or spam call due to an automated announcement preceding the notification. The Office of Emergency Services has taken steps to prevent this from happening in the future. Moving forward, alerts will begin with a recording of a human voice that will state, “CodeRED Emergency Alerts from County of Nevada“. 

    211 Nevada County received over 40 CodeRED sign-ups on the day of the test. Normally 211 signs up 60-80 new users in a month.

    Find Helpful Quick Links Below:

    Countywide Test of Emergency Alert Systems Scheduled for August 12

    On 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

    State Closes Bars, Indoor Operations of Restaurants, Wineries, Theaters

    Today, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced additional statewide closures that impact Nevada County business operations.

    What is closing statewide and in Nevada County: Due to the current rates of disease transmission and the increase in hospitalization and ICU utilization, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced a statewide closure of the following operations:

    • Dine-in Restaurants (indoor closed; to-go, delivery, curbside and outdoor seating with distancing allowed.)
    • Wineries and Tasting Rooms (indoor closed; outdoor seating with distancing allowed)
    • Movie Theater (indoor closed)
    • Family Entertainment Centers (indoor closed)
    • Zoos and Museums (indoor closed)
    • Cardrooms (indoor closed)
    • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs (indoor and outdoor closed unless an exception below applies):
      • Bars, pubs, brewpubs, and breweries, may operate outdoors if they are offering sit-down, outdoor, dine-in meals. Alcohol can be sold only in the same transaction as a meal. When operating outdoors, they must follow the dine-in restaurant guidance and should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible.
      • Bars, pubs, brewpubs, and breweries that do not provide sit-down meals themselves, but can contract with another vendor to do so, can serve dine-in meals when operating outdoors provided both businesses follow the dine-in restaurant guidance and alcohol is sold only in the same transaction as a meal.
      • Venues that are currently authorized to provide off sale beer, wine, and spirits to be consumed off premises and do not offer sit-down, dine-in meals must follow the guidance for retail operations and offer curbside sales only.
      • Concert, performance, or entertainment venues must remain closed until they are allowed to resume modified or full operation through a specific reopening order or guidance. Establishments that serve full meals must discontinue this type of entertainment until these types of activities are allowed to resume modified or full operation.

    Under the statewide order, this remains in effect until further notice.

    Workshop for recent restaurant, winery and brewery modifications
    Nevada County will be hosting a workshop for restaurants, wineries and breweries this Thursday, July 16th, at 3:30pm. Register for the workshop at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwldu2rqzwpH9JZUHdpOH3Cvy-nDmyDkX9T .

    What is closing in counties that are on State’s County Monitoring List?
    Nevada County is not currently on the State’s County Monitoring List, though many neighboring counties are, including Placer, Sutter, Yuba, and Sacramento counties. Should Nevada County end up on that list for three consecutive days, additional closures of indoor operations will be mandated. Those indoor operations include the following:

    • Gyms and Fitness Centers
    • Places of Worship
    • Indoor Protests
    • Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors as identified at covid19.ca.gov 
    • Personal Care Services (including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors)
    • Hair Salons and Barbershops
    • Malls

    Outdoor operations, however, may be conducted if a business can do so while still taking all infection control measures and while wearing face coverings.

    Keep our community safe and businesses open
    To-date, Nevada County has had a total of 180 cases with 64 cases that are currently active. To continue to support our local businesses and to protect our community’s vulnerable populations, it is important to continue to follow Public Health recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19:

    • Do not gather with others outside your household. Many of the recent COVID-19 cases in Nevada County have been as a result of social gatherings and the mixing of households.
    • Wear a face covering when in public.
    • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.

    Keep your physical distancing of 6 feet or more when in public spaces or with people from outside your household.

    Countywide Test of Emergency Alert Systems Scheduled for August 12

    On 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

    NC Public Health: Help Limit Spread of COVID-19 Over Holiday Weekend

    Summer is officially here in Nevada County. As residents prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend, Nevada County Public Health reminds residents to follow best practices for reducing the spread of COVID-19, including washing hands regularly, practicing physical distancing of at least six feet, staying home if you’re feeling sick, wearing a face covering (required in public), disinfecting high-touch surfaces and practicing good hygiene.

    Gatherings with family and friends have long been a part of traditional Fourth of July celebrations, but this year is different. Gatherings between people from different households are still not allowed under the statewide Stay-at-Home Order.

     “As we see the number of cases go up steadily in our community and statewide, we ask that everyone take these restrictions on gatherings seriously,” said Director of Nevada County Public Health Jill Blake. “Our ability to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada County relies on everyone doing their part and following current public health guidance.”

    Since June 1, the county has seen the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases nearly triple, from 42 at the beginning of the month to 116 on June 30. Both sides of the county have seen significant increases, which mirrors surges in adjacent counties and at the state and national level. 

    Most of the new cases in Nevada County come directly from informal gatherings between different households that are still not allowed. The county urges residents to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by not gathering with people outside their household this holiday weekend and following state and local public health guidance.

    Masks Make a Difference Fact Sheet in English (Nevada County Public Health): https://www.mynevadacounty.com/DocumentCenter/View/35029/COVID-Face-Coverings-Flyer

    Masks Make a Difference Fact Sheet in Spanish (Nevada County Public Health):  https://www.mynevadacounty.com/DocumentCenter/View/35054/COVID-Face-Coverings-Flyer-Espanol

    Guidance on Gatherings (Nevada County Public Health): https://www.mynevadacounty.com/DocumentCenter/View/35052/COVID-Gatherings-Flyer

    New Public Health Guidance Requires Californians to Wear Face Coverings

    The California Department of Public Health today released updated guidance that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings. Today’s guidance mandates the use of cloth face coverings by the general public statewide when outside the home, with limited exceptions. 

    Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below:

    • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
    • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
    • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
    • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
    • Interacting in-person with any member of the public; 
    • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; 
    • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; 
    • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; 
    • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.

    The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:

    • Children aged two and under;
    • Persons with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
    • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
    • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines. 
    • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
    • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence;
    • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others;
    • Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings of masks for both inmates and staff.”

    “Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”

    Governor Newsom also addressed why he took this action now. “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease. California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing.”

    More information is available on the CDPH website.

    Nevada County COVID-19 Testing Site Updates – Grass Valley and Truckee

    The state launched 80 OptumServe testing sites throughout California, collaborating with county leaders to identify appropriate testing sites with a focus on underserved communities. Nevada County was successful in getting two of these free COVID-19 testing sites located within the County, one in Grass Valley and one newly located in Truckee.  

    Increased testing is crucial to give us a better understanding of the true prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, and to help us mitigate the spread of the virus especially in asymptomatic individuals who may not know they are sick. Testing is key to our ability to respond quickly and contain new outbreaks. If we do not utilize the testing sites, it is possible that the State will move this important resource to another community, which will not only increase our risk of COVID-19 spread, but will also set back efforts to safely re-open businesses.

    An appointment is required in order to be tested, but same day appointments are possible. OptumServe’s simple process asks that you register and select an appointment time, which will generate a patient registration number. Please have this number as well as your ID with you at the time of your appointment.

    ANYONE can get tested, regardless of symptoms, profession, or insurance. While your insurance may be billed if you have it, there are no out of pocket costs. Do your part and make your appointment to get tested today at lhi.care/covidtesting or call 888-634-1123, and help spread the word with your customers, families, and friends.

    Grass Valley Testing Site

    Drive-through COVID-19 testing is now available for everyone at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building! With our new drive-through capabilities, getting tested is now even safer and more convenient.

    If you’re feeling unwell when you arrive to the testing site, you will be asked to stay in your car so staff can come out and take your test from your vehicle. If you’re feeling well but want to get tested anyway, you’ll have the choice to stay in your car to be tested or park and walk-in on the right-side-ramp entrance.

    The testing site at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 AM to 7 PM. Days of operations are subject to change. Please see the OptumServe site for up to date site hours.

    Truckee Testing Site

    As of June 8th, the free COVID-19 OptumServe testing site has moved from Kings Beach to Truckee and is now located at 10990 Donner Pass Road.  We are hopeful that this new site location will increase accessibility for more residents in the region and will increase our testing numbers. The Truckee testing site is open Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM. Days of operations are subject to change. Please see the OptumServe site for up to date site hours.

    Remember, for additional coronavirus information or for a link to OptumServe’s testing site, you can visit the County’s coronavirus website at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus. You can also watch this video outlining the testing process.

    Stage 3 Businesses May Reopen with Modifications on June 12th

    Nevada County Public Health has updated Nevada County’s Reopen Plan for the safe reopening of 12 new industry sectors in Nevada County beginning on June 12th, which includes statewide guidance and guidance for variance counties like Nevada County. Updated FAQs are also available on the statewide Stay-at-Home order and reopening Nevada County.

    Nevada County Public Health Officer Dr. Ken Cutler has rescinded the local Short-Term Rental and Lodging order effective tomorrow, June 12th, to align with the State’s recommended guidance for reopening these industries safely. All hotels, lodging and short-term rentals must abide by the State’s guidance for this industry.

    New sectors/activities that can open IF they can follow the state guidance:

    • Movie theaters
    • Family entertainment centers
    • Wineries and bars
    • Zoos, museums, galleries, aquariums
    • Gyms and fitness centers
    • Hotels and short term rentals for tourism and individual travel
    • Card rooms
    • Campgrounds and outdoor recreation
    • Movie, film, tv production
    • Professional sports (w/o live audiences)

    What’s still closed statewide:

    • Personal services, like nail salons, massage, body waxing and tattoo parlors
    • Public events and gatherings, like live audience sports and live theater
    • Team sports that involve contact
    • Convention centers
    • Theme parks and festivals
    • Higher education (in person)
    • Indoor playgrounds, like bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
    • Saunas and steam rooms

    Nevada County is hosting a follow-up Stage 3 Business Guidance Workshop on Tuesday, June 16th. Local Businesses May Submit Reopening Questions to COVID19Recovery@co.nevada.ca.us.