Nevada County Moves to Purple Tier with Rise in Local COVID-19 Cases

Nevada County has seen a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, with over six times as many new cases in the second week of November compared to the second week of October. Today, the State announced that Nevada County’s COVID-19 data meets the most restrictive Purple “Widespread” Tier that will reduce the capacity and increase restrictions for local businesses. The State’s tiered framework connects the level of openness of business sectors to COVID-19 conditions on the ground.

Nevada County Public Health reminds residents to continue practicing social distancing, masking, hand washing, and minimizing social mixing between households. Even if you are mildly symptomatic, please stay home and don’t assume it is allergies or a cold. California has also issued a travel advisory alongside Oregon and Washington to discourage non-essential travel over the holidays, encourage staying local and ask that those that choose to travel self-quarantine for 14-days after returning.

“We saw around 30 cases per day over the weekend, and both our case count and our positivity rates have risen significantly. We are growing increasingly concerned about overwhelming our local healthcare system and hospitals,” said Nevada County’s Director of Public Health Jill Blake. “As we see cases surge locally and regionally, we encourage everyone to get back to the basics that we know help curb the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands, wear a mask, distance yourself, and don’t take unnecessary risks like social gatherings. These are simple actions we can take to keep ourselves and others safe and get back to less restrictive tiers.”

Nevada County COVID-19 Community Webinar

We know you have questions. Join us Tuesday evening from 4pm-5pm on Zoom to learn how to protect and help our local businesses, get updates from Public Health and the local schools. This is a collaborative, all hands on deck, learning session for everyone who wants to be part of the solution and help get us headed in the right direction.

Register at www.mynevadacounty.com/COVID19communityupdate

Get Tested for COVID-19

Testing is highly recommended for those who are symptomatic. While we are experiencing this surge in new COVID-19 cases and working on increasing our testing capacity, Nevada County Public Health would like to encourage those who are not symptomatic and have not knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 to consider temporarily delaying getting tested to allow for testing of those who are symptomatic or have a known exposure to another diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you are getting tested due to being symptomatic, a possible exposure to COVID-19 or as a precaution after traveling, please remember to stay home and limit your interactions in public places until you receive your results. Schedule a cost-free COVID-19 test at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or call 1-888-634-1123.

Changes in business modifications as we move into the Purple “Widespread” Tier

Purple Tier modifications for Nevada County businesses begin Tuesday, November 17th. Nevada County businesses should modify their business operations according to the guidance published on the State’s COVID19.ca.gov website. Some notable changes while moving from the Orange “Substantial” tier to the most restrictive Purple “Widespread” Tier are:

  • Restaurants: Open outdoors only with modifications in the Purple Tier from 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever if fewer) with modifications in the Orange Tier.
  • Retail: Reduce indoor capacity to 25% with modifications in the Purple Tier from no capacity limit with modifications in the Orange Tier.
  • Movie theaters: Open outdoors only with modifications in the Purple Tier from 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever if fewer) with modifications in the Orange Tier.
  • Gyms and fitness centers: Open outdoors only with modifications in the Purple Tier from 25% capacity indoors with modifications in the Orange Tier.
  • Family entertainment centers: Open outdoor activities only including kart racing, mini golf and batting cages with modifications in the Purple Tier from 25% capacity with modifications for naturally distanced activities including bowling alleys and climbing walls in the Orange Tier.
  • Places of Worship: Open outdoors only with modifications in the Purple Tier from 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever if fewer) with modifications in the Orange Tier.
  • Bars and Breweries: Closed (if no meals provided) in the Purple Tier from open outdoors only with modifications in the Orange Tier . 
  • Wineries: Open outdoors only with modifications in the Purple Tier from 25% capacity indoors or 100 people (whichever is fewer) with modifications in the Orange Tier.
  • Outdoor live performances (including live music): Not allowed in the Purple Tier from allowed with substantial modifications in the Orange Tier. Indoor music performances and other indoor live performances are not allowed in any tier. 
  • Hair Salons, barbershops and personal care services (skin care, nail services, body art and tattoo, massage): Moving from the Orange Tier to the Purple Tier will not result in closure of hair salons, barbershops and personal care services. These can be open indoors with modifications.
  • Schools: Moving from the Orange Tier to the Purple Tier does not mandate school closures. 

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

To support our business community and lessen business restrictions, we need to be even more diligent about limiting the behaviors that we know contribute to COVID-19’s spread. All members of the community are encouraged to consider how personal behavior can help move Nevada County back towards less restrictive tiers for our business sectors.  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 and washing your hands can help reduce COVID-19 exposures.

Business 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. Small businesses may also access no-cost personal protective equipment (PPE) and Environmental Health permit fee waivers at www.mynevadacounty.com/ppe

To submit a business compliance complaint, visit www.mynevadacounty.com/asknevco or submit via the Ask Nevada County app. Residents can also call 211 Connecting Point at 1-833-DIAL211 to speak with a local call center representative with COVID-19 questions or to connect with resources.

NCPH: Nevada County Trending Towards Red “Substantial” 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 has been in the Orange “Moderate” Tier since September which allowed some businesses to safely increase the capacity in their facilities. Although Nevada County remains in the Orange “Moderate” Tier with the State’s tier announcement today, a recent increase in COVID-19 cases may move Nevada County into the Red “Substantial” Tier in future weeks.

“Although we remain in the Orange Tier this week, we are seeing many of our neighboring counties go backwards in the tier system and are seeing the case rates in Nevada County trend in the same direction. The State’s tier data represents a seven-day lag; however, we saw a dramatic increase of twenty-three new cases this Monday,” said Interim Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson. “We continue to urge everyone to stay diligent about refraining from gatherings with friends and family as well as going into the office if you are feeling sick. Most of our recent COVID-19 cases are from people letting their guard down; participating in social gatherings without masking or distancing, traveling out of the area where transmission rates are higher, and going into work while carrying COVID-19 and transmitting it throughout the workplace.”

If Nevada County’s COVID-19 data meets the Red “Substantial” Tier next week and the following week, Nevada County will move backwards into the Red Tier requiring business sectors to lessen their capacity and modify their operations for more restrictive Red Tier. Please reference the State’s COVID19.ca.gov website for complete COVID-19 business safety guidelines and modifications.

To support our business community and lessen business restrictions, we need to be even more diligent about refraining from that activities that are contributing to our recent increase in COVID-19 cases: social gatherings and going into work with COVID-like symptoms. The data can easily move in either 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.

No Cost PPE, Permit Fee Waivers Support Local Business Community

The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering local small business owners, with 25 employeesor less, masks and hand sanitizer at no cost.  This personal protective equipment (PPE) has been made available to California small businesses through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). 

“We know folks are busy, which is why we aim to make PPE pick up easy and convenient. Small businesses may request PPE online, then stop by anytime during business hours to pick up their hand sanitizer and masks. We will continue providing PPE as long as supplies last,” says Robin Davies, Chief Executive Officer of the Grass Valley Chambers. 

PPE will be available for pick up in Western Nevada County at three locations: the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Nevada County Contractors’ Association, and ZAP Manufacturing. In Truckee, small businesses may pick up PPE from the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.

 “We continue to see new COVID cases around the country and winter is just around the corner. With the cooler weather, we will need to be even more diligent to keep our community safe. It is important that employees have the equipment they need to protect themselves and others, which is why we are glad to be partnering with several generous organizations to help get PPE into the hands of those interfacing with the public daily,” says Paul Cummings, Nevada County OES Program Manager. 

Ruth Geresy, the Truckee Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Operations and Membership Services Manager states, “Providing PPE to small businesses at no-cost provides a much-needed relief for many businesses that have had to shoulder extra expenses during financially challenging times.” 

“Many of our members took advantage of the first round of PPE distributed last July, and we are looking forward to supporting the business community again this fall,” says Bre Deschaine, Manager with the Nevada County Contractors’ Association.

To request PPE, business owners are asked to complete one application online per company in advance of picking up PPE. Businesses may request PPE online at: www.MyNevadaCounty.com/PPE.

 After completing the online request form, small businesses may print their confirmation email, or display their confirmation email when picking up their PPE. Small businesses may send a family member, volunteer, or employee as a proxy to pick up the protective equipment. Hand sanitizer and surgical masks will be available while supplies last. 

 In addition to providing no-cost PPE, the County of Nevada in coordination with the Environmental Health Department recognized the severe impact that has befallen local restaurants, bars and breweries, body art & tattoo, swimming pool and spa, and organized campground facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The inability to operate and remaining in compliance with the State of California Public Health Orders for public health and safety during COVID-19 which continue today, prompted the Environmental Health Department to work with the County Executive Office to create a one-time permit fee waiver.  The request was approved by the County Board of Supervisors on October 13, 2020. 

Through an application process, owners and operators of Nevada County restaurants, bars and breweries, body art and tattoo facilities, swimming pools and spas, as well as organized campground facilities may apply for a waiver of permit fees for the upcoming Fiscal Year, November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2021.   The waiver application process opened October 23, 2020 and will close on November 30, 2020.  Businesses are encouraged to apply early and complete all areas on the waiver application form.  For questions, please call 5300-265-1222 x 3,  or visit www.mynevadacounty.com/EHPermitWaiver

NCPSPS 2020

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Latest News

10/27 4:45pm: PG&E is planning to transition the power for the GV & NC customers that had their power augmented by local generation at PG&E substations. As they transition, these customers may experience a gap in power service.

10/27 10:45am: PG&E has extended the “all-clear” to areas of Grass Valley & Nevada City for the current PSPS event. PG&E has begun inspecting the lines in these areas, but power may not be restored until tonight, exact time TBA.

10/26 4:40pm: PG&E has given the areas of Lake of the Pines, Penn Valley & Lake Wildwood the weather “all-clear” for the current PSPS event. PG&E has begun inspecting the lines in these areas, but power may not be restored until tomorrow. Other impacted PSPS areas such as Grass Valley and Nevada City have not received the weather “all-clear” at this time. Continue to check PG&E updates website for the most accurate information. CRCs will remain open until Nevada County is near 100% restoration.

10/25 4:00pm: As PG&E begins turning off power, some GV & NC customers will have their power augmented by local generation at PG&E substations.  As power transitions from commercial to generator there may be a 1-4 hr gap in service.  Please be patient & check for http://PGE.com/PSPSupdates.

10/25 11:28am, from PG&E: To protect public safety, PG&E has upgraded the PSPS WATCH to a WARNING. Weather forecasts including high winds and dry conditions, will require PG&E to turn off power in some parts of our service area.

10/25 9:00am: There will be 4 PG&E Community Resource Centers (CRCs) open today in Nevada County for customers affected by PSPS event. For hours, locations, and details, please visit: https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/updates/psps-events/

10/24 2:30pm: PG&E has announced a possible PSPS event for Nevada County. Power shutoffs estimated to occur Sunday, October 25, between 2:00-6:00pm. As of now, restoration time is estimated to be on Tuesday, October 27, exact time TBA. 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 10/24 2:40pm: There will be 4 @PGE4Me Community Resource Centers (CRCs) open tomorrow in Nevada County (https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/updates/psps-events/…):
– Foothills Event Center, GV
– Madelyn Helling Library, NC
– NSJ Community Center, NSJ
– Penn Valley Community Church, PV

More #PSPS tips at http://ReadyNevadaCounty.org.

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

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

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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

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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

    Grass Valley & Truckee Small Business PPE Distribution Success

    In just 6 days, approximately 1,300 gallons of hand sanitizer and 314,000 surgical masks were given to more than 1,000 small businesses from Truckee to Penn Valley. The Nevada County spirit was on full display as volunteers from civic organizations, athletic clubs, service groups, chambers of commerce, special districts and local agencies banded together to support the Office of Emergency Services in providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to small businesses and non-profit organizations. In total, 170 volunteers ranging from teens to retirees and representing more than 20 organizations helped during the distribution period.

    “I feel so much more secure knowing that we’ve got a stash of supplies that we can freely hand out without penny-pinching and withholding from our staff…We’re well set up so that no matter what comes in the future, we won’t get caught like we did in March where there just wasn’t anything
    available. Thank you so much for getting us well-positioned for whatever the next few months hold for us. It’s really helpful to have those extra supplies. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” says Holly Verbeck from Hey Chef who received supplies in Truckee.

    In addition to the PPE that was made available through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), small businesses were able to get evacuation tags and emergency planning materials from the county Office of Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Office. In Truckee, businesses received information on how to complete the 2020 Census, and educational community resource pamphlets and flyers.

    “With limited in-person outreach this summer, we felt it was a valuable opportunity to share tools to help Nevada County get ready for the possibility of a wildfire or Public Safety Power Shutoff,” said Jenn Tamo, Senior Administrative Analyst with Office of Emergency Services, who helped coordinate the effort. “It was wonderful to be reminded of how our community comes together during challenging times. This truly could not have happened without the incredible assistance from volunteers and organizations like 211 with their Volunteer Hub that mobilized quickly to bring everyone together,” she adds.

    As a bonus, South Fork Vodka was inspired to add a donation of 300 gallons of hand sanitizer in various sizes to the donation bounty. “They were working alongside us at both locations on the distribution days. There are so many people and organizations to thank. We could not have done this without them, or the generous donations of bags from Grocery Outlet, Mountain Hardware, Raley’s O-N-E Market, SPD Market, and Connecting Point,” adds Courtney Henderson, who coordinated the distribution effort in Truckee.

    In addition to the 170 volunteers who made this event possible, of special note, the County Office of Emergency Services would like to thank the following partners:

    Cal Office of Emergency Services
    California Census 2020
    Connecting Point
    Economic Resource Council
    Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce
    Grass Valley Downtown Association
    NC TECH
    Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
    Nevada County Association of Realtors
    Nevada Union Athletics
    Rotary International
    Sierra Business Council
    SPD Market
    Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
    The Center for the Arts
    Town of Truckee
    Truckee Chamber of Commerce
    Truckee Downtown Merchants Association
    Truckee Tahoe Airport Community Partner
    Truckee Welcome Center
    Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District

    Truckee Dates Announced: County of Nevada Providing Free PPE to Small Businesses

    PPE Requests must be made in advance: https://bit.ly/SmallBusinessPPETruckee

    The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering local small businesses and non-profits with 25 or less employees a 30-day supply of masks and hand sanitizer for each employee at no cost. On July 28, 29, and 30, Eastern Nevada County businesses and organizations can pick up their no-cost Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at the Truckee Rodeo Grounds from 8am-1pm.

    Small businesses and non-profit organizations with less than 25 employees are eligible for the no-cost PPE. To request PPE, small business owners must complete an online application in advance to expedite the processing and distribution of the PPE. Please use this link to sign up: https://bit.ly/SmallBusinessPPETruckee.

    Five pallets of materials have been delivered into Truckee for the distribution, including over 100,000 masks and 860 gallons of hand sanitizer. Distribution site and volunteer coordinator, Courtney Henderson, said that, “We need to be doing everything we can to prioritize the health of our local businesses and organizations, including keeping their employees safe and healthy and minimizing the spread of Covid-19. This program is critical to achieving all of those goals. We hope that any local business or organization that has less than 25 employees will come out and pick up their no-cost PPE.”

    Those picking up their no-cost PPE will also receive an information packet, with Covid-19 mitigation best practices, business and social services information, and Census completion flyers.

    The program is intended to reach small local businesses and organizations, with a particular focus on hard-toreach businesses and non-profits. At this time, public schools, hospitals, grocery stores, and manufacturers are ineligible for the program because these institutions are served by other programs that offer PPE.

    The PPE is being provided from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and being distributed as a partnership between the County of Nevada, Town of Truckee, Sierra Business Council, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Truckee Chamber of Commerce, Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, the Truckee Welcome Center, Truckee Tahoe Airport, and Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District.

    Questions for Eastern Nevada County pick up?
    Contact: County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services
    OES@co.nevada.ca.us, 530-557-5677