Dial-a-Ride Service Launches in W. Nevada County

Seniors in Western Nevada County have a new transportation option. Starting April 22nd, Nevada County Transit Services is launching a Senior Dial-a-Ride service. Dial-a-Ride covers the same service area and schedule as the Gold Country Lift and is available to anyone age 65 and over. The cost is $4.00 for a one-way trip.
 
To request a ride, call Gold Country Lift at 530-271-RIDE (7433). First time passengers must show proof of age and submit a simple application at pick-up. A PDF of the Dial-A-Ride application is available at www.goldcountrystage.com
 
Typical hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 7:30 pm and Saturday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Current operating hours are reduced due to the Stay at Home order for COVID-19.
 
Call Gold Country Lift at 530-271-RIDE (7433) or Transit Services at 530-477-0103 for more information.

NCPH and Connecting Point Unveil Community Data Project

We all want a clearer picture of how COVID-19 is moving through our community, and now Connecting Point, in partnership with the County of Nevada, is empowering residents to do just that. The Nevada County COVID-19 Community Data Project is crowd-sourced, relying on Nevada County residents who have COVID-19-like symptoms to share their experience to benefit the wider community.

Anyone showing COVID-19-like symptoms can report them using a simple form. The data will then be combined and shared on the COVID-19 Community Data Project Dashboard. The Public Health Department will use the data to detect possible outbreaks and ongoing transmission in the absence of widespread testing.

“Because the demand for testing continues to exceed the capacity to test due to a critical shortage of necessary testing supplies, Nevada County Public Health continues to recommend prioritizing testing for high-risk patients until testing supplies becomes more available,” says Jill Blake, the Director of the Public Health Department. “Unfortunately, this will mean that the number of lab-confirmed tests may not reflect the true spread of the COVID-19 virus in our county.”

The COVID-19 Community Data Project Dashboard allows the community to look by their geographic area to get a snap-shot of what their neighbors are reporting. The more people who complete the survey, the more accurate the Dashboard will be.

This project does not take the place of testing. It is meant to compliment testing results and—in the absence of widespread testing—provide community-level data that can be used to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada County.

The information provided may be shared with the Nevada County Public Health Department. Individuals choose whether or not to share their name and contact information.

NCPH Issues New Order, Clarification of Stay-At-Home Requirements

Nevada County Health Officer Dr. Ken Cutler has issued a new Order that clarifies and complements the statewide Stay-at-Home Order in order to address local questions and issues. This Order is in effect until rescinded.

“Although it is somewhat reassuring that we’ve witnessed a slowing of newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County, with only limited testing available statewide and in Nevada County, we still don’t know exactly how widespread this disease is in our community,” said Dr. Ken Cutler. “It’s important that we don’t let down our guard and continue to follow the Stay-at-Home Order. We have received many questions and concerns about the implementation of a statewide order locally.  It is our hope that this new order provides further clarification and guidance to everyone working to do the right thing.”

Like the statewide Stay-at-Home Order, this new order requires Nevada County residents to stay at home except for essential needs such as a trip to the grocery store or essential work, and requires that people continue to maintain six feet of physical distancing when using shared outdoor spaces work for activities like walking, running or biking.

The statewide Stay-at-Home Order remains in place. Projections for Nevada County from Covid Act Now show that if we continue to follow the Stay-at-Home Order, there is a “low-to-moderate probability of hospital overload in the next two months,” but with lax restrictions a rapid increase in hospitalizations is projected and we want to avert that potential overload. When comparing the Nevada County’s Stay-at-Home Order and the  state public health order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most restrictive provision applies.

This order provides clarification including, but not limited to:

Essential Business
  • Essential businesses include healthcare operations and essential infrastructure, agriculture, those proving social safety net services, media, gas stations and auto shops, banks, hardware stores, safety and sanitation services, removing hazardous vegetation for wildfire safety, mailing and shipping, schools facilitating distance learning functions, laundromats, restaurants offering food for delivery or takeout, internet services allowing people to work from home, businesses that support essential services, and others.
  • All essential businesses are encouraged to stay open while implementing social distancing protocols, for example, while customers are standing in line.
Essential Activities
  • Essential travel includes essential work; caring for elderly, minors, dependents or persons with disability; travel for non-resident or part-time resident to return to primary residence; travel required by court order, for immediate personal safety, or to avoid exposing to others to COVID-19.
Essential Infrastructure Activities
  • Essential infrastructure is further clarified to include public works construction, construction of housing, airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems.
  • Essential infrastructure activities must comply with physical distancing requirements to the extent possible.
Essential Services
  • Healthcare operations and services are considered essential. This includes hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers and veterinary care.
  • All first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, and law enforcement personnel, and others who need to perform essential services.
Examples of Nonessential Activities/Services/Businesses
  • Activities with shared outdoor spaces such as golf courses, tennis, pickleball, basketball, volleyball courts, climbing walls, pools, spas, shooting and archery ranges, and disc golf should be closed with signage.
  • All travel, except for essential travel, is prohibited.  Travel to short term lodging (or short-term rentals) in Nevada County is prohibited unless it is for essential work.
  • All business facilities in Nevada County that are not considered essential should be closed to public traffic. Businesses may continue operations where employees or contractors are performing work from home.
More Information

FAQs

For additional information on the statewide Stay-at-Home Order and recommendations to keep you and your family safer, please visit Nevada County’s coronavirus webpage at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus

Local Nevada County Stay-at-Home Order

Nevada County Issues Self Isolation and Quarantine Orders

Nevada County Public Health Officer Issues Self Isolation and Quarantine Orders for COVID-19

Today, April 7, 2020, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect vulnerable individuals and to help prevent the local healthcare system from being overwhelmed, the Nevada County Health Officer, Dr. Ken Cutler, has issued two new separate, but related orders:

The first order is for self-isolation of anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of being in close contact with a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19. Diagnosis can be made by a physician or a laboratory confirmation

The second order is for the self-quarantine of anyone exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • Self-isolation (diagnosed): individuals diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19
  • Self-quarantine (exposed): household contacts, intimate partners, caregivers and close contacts of persons with or likely to have COVID-19

“These new Orders on self-isolation and self-quarantine are critically important to the health and safety of our Nevada County community,” said Nevada County Public Health Officer, Dr. Ken Cutler. “California’s Stay-at-Home Order remains more important than ever. These new local Orders help clarify what residents need to do if they are diagnosed with or exposed to someone with COVID-19.”

Both self-isolation and self-quarantine mean staying at home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas; separate yourself from other people and animals in your home and avoid sharing household items.

Self-isolation (diagnosed) Self-quarantine (exposed)
  • Required for anyone diagnosed with (either by a healthcare provider or with a laboratory test) or developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of being in close contact with a person who had or was believed to have had COVID-19.
  • Required for anyone exposed to a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.
  • Must stay in isolation for at least 3 days (72 hours) with no fever (without use of fever reducing medications) and at least 3 days of improved respiratory symptoms (such as cough or shortness of breath) AND it has been at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared, whichever is longer.
  • Must stay in quarantine for 14 days from the last time you had contact with the ill person.
  • Notify anyone you’ve had close contact with while symptomatic and 48 hours before symptoms began to self-quarantine themselves.
  • Cannot leave your place of quarantine for all 14 days.
  • Only exception to leave self-isolation is to receive medical care. Call ahead before visiting your doctor so they know that you may have COVID-19.
  • Only exception to leave self-isolation is to receive medical care. Call ahead before visiting your doctor so they know that you may have COVID-19.
  • If you develop even mild COVID-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate at home and away from others.

Find additional information on steps to take to self-isolate in:

Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19 (PDF)

En Español: Instrucciones para Aislamiento en Domicilio Debido al Nuevo Coronavirus‐2019 (PDF)

Home Care Instructions for People with Respiratory Symptoms (PDF)

En Español: Instrucciones de Atención Domiciliaria para Personas con Síntomas Respiratorios (PDF)

Find additional information on steps to take to self-quarantine in:

Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts of People with COVID-19 (PDF)

En Español: Guía de Cuarentena en Domicilio para Personas que Han Tenido Contacto Cercano con la Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (PDF)

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, call your primary care physician before physically going to the doctor. If you do not have a primary care physician, please call 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL211 to talk with a local call center representative. Call center representatives at 211 can help with all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.

New Orders often create anxiety in the general public. Please know this is the predicted next step in our public health strategy to keep Nevada County healthy. These Orders are to give clarity to those who are ill and to all those who may have been exposed.

More Information on COVID-19 in Nevada County

For additional information on the statewide Stay-at-Home Order and recommendations to keep you and your family safer, please visit Nevada County’s coronavirus webpage at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus

Nevada County Public Health Reports the First COVID-19 Related Death

Nevada County Public Health is reporting the first Nevada County death related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The person was an elderly Eastern Nevada County resident who had underlying health conditions and previously tested positive for the coronavirus.

“During this time, our thoughts are with the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased,” said Dr. Ken Cutler, Nevada County Public Health Officer. “This is a tragic reminder of the seriousness of COVID-19. To slow the spread of this virus, we all need to stay inside as much as possible and severely limit person to person interactions, as hard as that is.”

Out of respect for the privacy of the family, Nevada County Public Health is not sharing further details. For additional information on the statewide Stay-at-Home Order and recommendations to keep you and your family safer, please visit Nevada County’s coronavirus webpage at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus

Gold Country Stage & Lift Service Alert – Effective April 1, 2020

Service Alert- Effective April 1, 2020

Due to issues surrounding COVID-19, including a 60 percent decrease in ridership, Gold Country Stage and Gold Country Lift will begin operating on a reduced service schedule. On Wednesday April 1, 2020, we will begin operating a reduced limited service schedule (Monday through Friday from 7:15 AM – 5:30 PM), with service to Auburn on Route 5 at 6:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The schedules are based on the regular Saturday bus schedules. For more information please refer to the route schedules herein for specific Saturday Route times.

Bus schedules are available in the Gold Country Stage Rider’s Guide, at www.goldcountrystage.com or call the office 530-477-0103 x 1003 for travel planning information.

Nevada County Limits Evictions in Unincorporated Areas

Limits On Evictions in Unincorporated Areas

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

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

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

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

Nevada County Reports 4th Person with COVID-19

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

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

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

Importance of Stay-at-Home Order

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

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

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

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

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

3-24-2020 Public Health

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

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

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

Importance of Stay-at-Home Order 

Coronavirus continues to be an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

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

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

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

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

Nevada County Reports 3rd Person with COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

Nevada County Reports 2nd Person with COVID-19

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

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

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

FAQs on Governor’s Shelter in Place Order

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

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

A sample of the questions includes:

WHAT’S CLOSED?

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

WHAT CAN’T I DO?

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

IS THIS MANDATORY OR IS IT JUST GUIDANCE?

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

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

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

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

State Orders All Residents to Stay Home

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to follow the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Read the full Executive Order here.

More information at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

Health Professionals Needed in the Fight Against COVID-19

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

Nevada County Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

COVID-19 Resources

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

News & Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following providers ARE accepting new patients:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more.

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

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

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

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

The news conference included the following:

Directives for Bars and Restaurants

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

Directives for Individuals who are 65+

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The California Department of Public Health finds the following:

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

Read the full document here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The community can help slow the spread of coronavirus by:

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

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

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

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

Additional Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATED FAQS

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

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

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

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

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

How does the coronavirus test work?

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

How do I get tested for coronavirus?

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

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

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

Are there medications I should keep on hand?

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

For More Information

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

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

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

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

Free Film Screening Explores Opioid Addiction

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

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

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

Details

What: Screening of the film Written Off

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Gearing Up for Census 2020

Nevada County Counts logoEvery 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to count every person living in the United States. No matter your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or citizenship status–if you live in the United States, YOU COUNT.

Why the Census Matters

The Census is about more than just counting people. It has repercussions that will last a decade. Census data is used to fund roads, health services, and disaster planning and response. It also determines funding for essential safety net programs like MediCal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, WIC, and Section 8 Housing Vouchers, and many more.

Did we mention political representation?

There is a lot on the line.

Making Nevada County Count

Over the last six months, leaders throughout our community have come together to ensure a complete count in Nevada County. With a focus on populations that have been undercounted in the past, the coalition includes organizations that serve children, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and Latinx and LGBTQ+ folks. Together we’re creating safe spaces to learn about and participate in Census 2020.
Unlike past counts, the 2020 Census will be the first to rely heavily on online responses. For those of us without internet access, this can be a major barrier. We are working to set up sites throughout the county where you can complete the Census online. You can also respond by phone or by mail.

Coming Soon

Census Day is April 1st, but you will be able to complete your Census form beginning in mid-March. Keep an eye on your mailbox for your invitation to complete the Census online. In the meantime, check out the Nevada County Counts website to sign up for Census updates or learn more about why the Census matters for our community.

Get Involved

If you work for a organization that serves “hard-to-count” communities, you may be eligible for a Census Mini-Grant. Learn more about mini-grants here.
To learn more about the 2020 Census go to www.NevadaCountyCounts.org or call us at 211.

Share Your Vision for an Age-Friendly California

California’s 65-&-older population will grow to 8.6 million people in 2030. How can we plan ahead to ensure that older adults in our communities have everything they need to live safely and  independently? The California Department of Aging has launched a new campaign, EngageCA, to involve more Californians in the development of the state’s Master Plan for Aging. A diverse group of stakeholders are working together to develop this new blueprint for an age-friendly California. And your experience and ideas are needed.

Share your vision for a robust and reliable system of services that can support an equitable, age- and disability-friendly California! Go to www.engageCA.org to learn more.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes with Upcoming Class

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

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

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

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

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

Take Charge of Your Health with Upcoming Class

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

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

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

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

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