State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19

In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier. The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.

“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” said Governor Newsom. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”

This limited Stay at Home Order is designed to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. Activities conducted during 10 PM to 5 AM are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures like wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance.

“We know from our stay at home order this spring, which flattened the curve in California, that reducing the movement and mixing of individuals dramatically decreases COVID-19 spread, hospitalizations, and deaths,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “We may need to take more stringent actions if we are unable to flatten the curve quickly. Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns.”

“We are asking Californians to change their personal behaviors to stop the surge. We must be strong together and make tough decisions to stay socially connected but physically distanced during this critical time. Letting our guard down could put thousands of lives in danger and cripple our health care system,” said Dr. Erica Pan, the state’s acting Public Health Officer. “It is especially important that we band together to protect those most vulnerable around us as well as essential workers who are continuing their critical work amidst this next wave of widespread community transmission across the state. Together we prevented a public health crisis in the spring and together we can do it again.”

COVID-19 case rates increased by approximately 50 percent in California during the first week of November. As a result, Governor Newsom and California’s public health officials have announced a list of measures to protect Californians and the state’s health care system, which could experience an unprecedented surge if cases continue their steep climb.

On Monday, the state pulled an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy putting more than 94 percent of California’s population in the most restrictive tier. The state will reassess data continuously and move more counties back into a more restrictive tier, if necessary. California is also strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions.

Late last week, the state issued a travel advisory, along with Oregon and Washington, urging people entering the state or returning home from travel outside the state to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. The travel advisory urges against non-essential out-of-state travel, asks people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourages residents to stay local.

Governor Announces Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

As COVID-19 cases sharply increase across the country and California, Governor Gavin Newsom and state public health officials announced immediate actions today to slow the spread of the virus. The state is pulling an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy resulting in 94.1 percent of California’s population in the most restrictive tier. This change is effective tomorrow. The state will reassess data continuously and move more counties back if necessary. California is also strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions.

“We are sounding the alarm,” said Governor Newsom. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet –faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes. That is why we are pulling an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Now is the time to do all we can – government at all levels and Californians across the state – to flatten the curve again as we have done before.”

The rate of growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases is faster than it was in July, which led to a significant peak in cases. This requires a swift public health response and action from all Californians to slow the spread of the virus. Immediate action will help protect individuals at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 and will help keep the state’s health care delivery system from becoming overwhelmed.

“The data we are seeing is very concerning. We are in the midst of a surge, and time is of the essence. Every day matters and every decision matters,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “Personal decisions are critical, and I am I imploring every Californian to stay home if they can, wear a mask whenever they leave their homes, limit mixing, practice physical distancing and wash their hands.”

The 28 counties moving back into Tier 1(Purple/Widespread) include:

AlamedaNapaSanta Cruz
ButteNevadaSiskiyou
Contra CostaOrangeSolano
El DoradoPlacerSutter
FresnoSan BenitoTrinity
GlennSan JoaquinTuolumne
KernSan Luis ObispoVentura
KingsMendocinoMercedSanta BarbaraSanta ClaraYoloYuba
   

The nine counties moving back into Tier 2 (Red/Substantial) include:

ColusaMarinPlumas
Del NorteModocSan Francisco
HumboldtMonoSan Mateo

The two counties moving back into Tier 3 (Orange/Moderate) include:

CalaverasSierra

Today’s action will remain in effect until the State Public Health Officer determines it is appropriate to make modifications based on public health conditions and data.

California has taken steps to prepare the state for an increase in COVID-19 cases. The state has developed additional testing capacity to allow cases to be quickly identified, recently opening a new laboratory in Valencia that is already processing thousands of tests a day. The state is averaging 164,345 tests over the last seven days.

The state has been working in partnership with hospitals, clinics and physicians on the COVID-19 response. To support California’s health care delivery system, the state has an additional 1,872 beds available at alternate care sites outside of the system that can be made available quickly if needed to respond to a surge in cases.

California will continue to update the Blueprint for a Safer Economy based on the best available public health data and science. For more information about the Blueprint and what Californians can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit covid19.ca.gov.

Governor Announces Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

As COVID-19 cases sharply increase across the country and California, Governor Gavin Newsom and state public health officials announced immediate actions today to slow the spread of the virus. The state is pulling an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy resulting in 94.1 percent of California’s population in the most restrictive tier. This change is effective tomorrow. The state will reassess data continuously and move more counties back if necessary. California is also strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions.

“We are sounding the alarm,” said Governor Newsom. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet –faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes. That is why we are pulling an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Now is the time to do all we can – government at all levels and Californians across the state – to flatten the curve again as we have done before.”

The rate of growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases is faster than it was in July, which led to a significant peak in cases. This requires a swift public health response and action from all Californians to slow the spread of the virus. Immediate action will help protect individuals at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 and will help keep the state’s health care delivery system from becoming overwhelmed.

“The data we are seeing is very concerning. We are in the midst of a surge, and time is of the essence. Every day matters and every decision matters,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “Personal decisions are critical, and I am I imploring every Californian to stay home if they can, wear a mask whenever they leave their homes, limit mixing, practice physical distancing and wash their hands.”

The 28 counties moving back into Tier 1(Purple/Widespread) include:

AlamedaNapaSanta Cruz
ButteNevadaSiskiyou
Contra CostaOrangeSolano
El DoradoPlacerSutter
FresnoSan BenitoTrinity
GlennSan JoaquinTuolumne
KernSan Luis ObispoVentura
KingsMendocinoMercedSanta BarbaraSanta ClaraYoloYuba
   

The nine counties moving back into Tier 2 (Red/Substantial) include:

ColusaMarinPlumas
Del NorteModocSan Francisco
HumboldtMonoSan Mateo

The two counties moving back into Tier 3 (Orange/Moderate) include:

CalaverasSierra

Today’s action will remain in effect until the State Public Health Officer determines it is appropriate to make modifications based on public health conditions and data.

California has taken steps to prepare the state for an increase in COVID-19 cases. The state has developed additional testing capacity to allow cases to be quickly identified, recently opening a new laboratory in Valencia that is already processing thousands of tests a day. The state is averaging 164,345 tests over the last seven days.

The state has been working in partnership with hospitals, clinics and physicians on the COVID-19 response. To support California’s health care delivery system, the state has an additional 1,872 beds available at alternate care sites outside of the system that can be made available quickly if needed to respond to a surge in cases.

California will continue to update the Blueprint for a Safer Economy based on the best available public health data and science. For more information about the Blueprint and what Californians can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit covid19.ca.gov.

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

Information Sources | Weather Advisory | Community Resource Centers

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

Celebrate Halloween Safely (and in Style)!

As the time changes and the weather turns, we settle in for more time indoors and get ready for the fall and winter holidays. As we look forward to Halloween, it is good to keep in mind that traditional trick-or-treating is strongly discouraged this year, along with parades and parties. Trunk-or-treat events where children go car to car are also discouraged. These are considered high-risk activities for spreading COVID-19. Public Health also reminds us that a costume mask does not replace a cloth mask. This year will require some planning and creativity for a safer celebration.

To decrease risk, consider virtual activities, such as:

  • A virtual costume or pumpkin-carving contest
  • An online watch party for a spooky (or humorous) Halloween movie

Or find ways to celebrate at home:

  • Decorate inside and out to share the Halloween spirit with your neighbors
  • Create a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt around the house for the kids

There are also ways of modifying activities to celebrate Día de los Muertos in a safer way. For example:

  • Consider sharing traditional recipes with family and neighbors, or preparing food for contactless delivery
  • Make and decorate masks for a virtual get-together

Check out more ideas for Halloween and Día de los Muertos.

Fall and Winter holidays in 2020 will all require modification to keep us safe. Planning ahead and finding alternative low-risk activities to high risk traditional activities can ensure that we enjoy the holidays safely. The CDC has a list of safety considerations pertaining to holidays and gatherings here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

To complete the Census now, visit my2020census.gov.

CARES Act Deadline Approaching for Economic Impact Payments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NCPSPS 2020

Information Sources | Weather Advisory | Community Resource Centers

Latest News

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

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

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

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

Information Sources

Ready Nevada County Dashboard

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

Preparedness Resources

Stay prepared during a Red Flag Warning.

Status Updates

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

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

Weather Advisory/Air Quality

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

Weather Advisory Language and Definitions:

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

Community Resource Centers

Nevada County Moves into Orange “Moderate” Tier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Resources

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

Tenant Based Rental Assistance Available for Covid-19 in Placer County

Rental subsidies are now available to very low-income individuals and families in Placer County that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the program criteria (excluding the City of Roseville).

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) offers assistance for up to four months of unpaid back rent and late fees accrued after March 13, 2020 (not to exceed $2,500).

The program is scheduled to END on December 31st and is limited to funds available!

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be income eligible for the program (see flyer for specifics)
  • Must currently be renting or leasing a unit in Placer County (excluding Roseville City Limits) pursuant to a written rental agreement
  • Owner of the unit must be willing to enter into a rental assistance agreement with Placer County through the TBRA Program
  • At least of one of the following criteria must be met:
    • The household includes a member that has tested positive for COVID-19 and must quarantine so the wage earner(s) are unable to attend work
    • The household has experienced a documented decrease in total gross monthly household income of at least 30% because of the pandemic
    • The household has experienced a documented loss of income due to the pandemic and is behind or falling behind on rent

Interested renters should contact 211 for screening by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL211. 

211 Placer operators will go through a screening sheet to determine if the household is potentially eligible. All households that pass the screening will be referred over to Placer County and eligible applicants will be sent the TBRA Application to apply for assistance.

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.

Placer County Moves to the “Red Tier”

The State of California moved Placer County into the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy ‘red’ tier – further easing restrictions in the county. Sectors that can open indoors with modifications include restaurants, places of worship, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters and personal care services.

The full list of sectors refer to: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

For a summary of which activities are allowed at each tier, see: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Dimmer-Framework-August_2020.pdf

End of Placer County Local Health Emergency

In addition, the Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution declaring the end of Placer County’s local health emergency on Tuesday, September 8.

Since the board’s ratification of the local health emergency March 9, the county has and will continue to work diligently to manage local disease spread – sharing community health information; reporting COVID-19 case dynamics at board meetings; providing a COVID-19 dashboard for community reference; addressing the needs of vulnerable populations; and clarifying state guidance so local businesses can reopen responsibly and consistent with state public health orders and safety protocols.

While acknowledging that California’s state of emergency and Department of Public Health orders, directives and guidance remain in full effect in Placer County, the resolution expresses the board’s concerns that the state framework for measuring COVID-19 mischaracterizes the current state of disease specifically in Placer County and harms the community’s economic, health, mental and social well-being. 

For more information, see: https://www.placer.ca.gov/6818/Placer-declares-end-of-COVID-19-health-e

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

Applications for Placer Shares Grant Funding Now Open!

Beginning Aug. 25, eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations in Placer County can begin applying for Placer Shares grant funding to offset impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting state shutdown order. 

The grant program is made possible by the Placer County Board of Supervisors who directed that 20% of the $40 million from CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funding be set aside to help small businesses and nonprofits, the largest percentage of any county in the state.

Supplemental grant assistance for non-profits will be administered by the Placer and Tahoe-Truckee Community Foundations.

“Placer County is committed to supporting our local businesses and nonprofits impacted during this economic crisis,” said Board Chair Bonnie Gore. “That is why the county is diverting 20% of our CARES funding, more than any other county in California, to support business and nonprofits, helping them stay open. We are a strong and resilient community. Our Board stands firm to support our local economy with everything we’ve got.”

The grant program, which will be based on need, could provide awards of up to $10,000 to cover eligible COVID-19 expenses, identified by United States Treasury guidance.

Grant applications will be accepted online Aug. 25 – Sept. 7 on the Placer Shares website.

Placer Shares: Eats & Drinks

In addition, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $1.2 million in grant funding to assist restaurants and bars impacted by COVID-19 in the county. 

Eligible restaurants and bars may begin applying for $1,000 in grant funding via the newly established Placer Shares: Eats & Drinks program. 

“This pandemic has been devastating to our entire community, especially restaurants and bars,” said Placer County Board of Supervisors Chair Bonnie Gore. “The Eats & Drinks program is just one example of Placer’s commitment to help business sectors hardest hit by COVID-19.”

Grant applications will be accepted online beginning Aug. 21 at http://www.placer.ca.gov/eatsdrinks, and must be received by Sept. 30

The Board of Supervisors voted to offer fee relief for restaurants and bars who had paid their annual county inspection fees but were ordered to close by the state due to COVID-19.

Placer Shares, Eats & Drinks grant funding is separate from the Placer Shares $8 million grant fund.

Eligible restaurants and bars may apply for both Eats & Drinks and Placer Shares programs.