Want to Help Someone Quit Smoking?

When someone takes the big step of deciding to quit smoking, family, friends, and co-workers can make a huge difference by giving their help and support.

If your friend isn’t quite ready to quit, try to see it from their side. For most smokers, cigarettes have been a steady companion for a long time. Some reluctance is normal, and it doesn’t mean your friend won’t be able to quit for good. First, let your friend know you understand their doubts, then suggest they list their reasons for quitting. Be sure to tell your friend about Freedom From Smoking, 1-800-LUNGUSA and their state’s free quitline for support in quitting and staying quit.

How Do You Begin?

Get tips on what you can do from the start to help your friend quit and stay quit.

Be There for the Long Run

Quitting smoking is a journey and a process, not a single event. See how you can help your friend every step of the way, from making a quit plan to avoiding relapse.

Meeting Challenges Along the Way

Withdrawal, weight gain and urges are some challenges that might come up as someone quits smoking. Learn how you can be there to help.

For information, support and assistance, dial 2-1-1.

California Now Cleared to Offer Pfizer-BioNTech Booster Shots

With the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup review and approval of the CDC’s recommendations regarding COVID-19 vaccine boosters, California is now cleared to follow the federal recommendations that certain individuals can receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The booster dose is intended to provide enhanced protection to people who may be at greater risk of serious illness due to COVID-19.

At this time, booster doses are only available to those who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. Boosters should be administered at least six months after an individual has received their last dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

 According to the CDPH, the following individuals SHOULD receive a booster dose:

People who MAY CONSIDER receiving a booster dose based on their individual benefits and risks include:

  • People age 18 through 49 years with underlying medical conditions; and
  • People age 18 through 64 who are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to their occupation or institutional setting.

The Pfizer booster cannot be administered to those who have been vaccinated with the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Officials are still awaiting information on boosters for these vaccines.

Pfizer booster shots are currently available at local and regional pharmacies and through health care providers. Some primary care physicians and health clinics may contact their eligible patients to schedule booster doses. There are currently no plans for a large-scale booster vaccination clinic locally.

For more information on how to schedule a Pfizer booster, go to MyTurn.ca.gov. Those who have questions about eligibility or would like assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 Connecting Point at 1-833-DIAL211.

As pharmacies and health care providers administer Pfizer booster doses, the Nevada County Public Health department will continue to focus its effort on outreach to unvaccinated individuals who encounter barriers to vaccine access.

“Our primary responsibility is reaching residents who haven’t had their first dose yet. As we saw in this recent surge, unvaccinated individuals are far more likely to be hospitalized or die of COVID-19,” said Nevada County Public Health Director Jill Blake. “Our REACH Team is working closely with local organizations and businesses to ensure that everyone who wants to be vaccinated can get their shot.”

While over 114,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to Nevada County residents, 35% of eligible residents remain unvaccinated. “The solution to ending this pandemic is through immunizations,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Kellermann. “If you haven’t had your first dose yet, it’s not too late. We’re ready when you are.”

All California residents age 12 and over are eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on where to get your vaccination, including a Pfizer booster shot, go to MyTurn.ca.gov.

Placer County Public Health Issues New COVID-19 Health Warning

The Delta surge has resulted in record numbers of COVID-related hospitalizations this week and is leaving our local hospitals with less room to absorb more patients requiring hospitalization. Hospitals in Placer County are providing critical care in areas not typically designed for that purpose, report a high level of acuity in their patients, and are experiencing strains on their workforce. COVID patients occupy nearly one third of licensed beds, a higher share relative to hospitals in other communities.

Beyond hospitalizations, cases in school settings are rising too among students and staff, resulting in increasing numbers of classroom outbreaks that, in some cases, have led to the temporary cancellation of in-person instruction. School-related cases were uncommon and largely isolated with previous COVID-19 variants, yet early signs point to more students and staff who are turning up positive as a result of a COVID exposure. 

To preserve critical infrastructure that serves all, including hospitals and schools, Placer County Public Health is advising residents regardless of vaccination status to use high-quality masks while in all indoor settings to protect against the highly infectious Delta variant.

“Our individual actions during this Delta surge are impacting everyone, including those seeking health care or in-person instruction,” said Interim Health Officer Dr. Rob Oldham. “Placer County Public Health stands behind organizations who take precautions to support our community’s efforts to preserve key infrastructure such as implementing universal indoor masking, which is much less disruptive than other restrictions experienced during the pandemic.” 

To provide a sufficient layer of protection, residents are also advised to use higher quality masks, like a surgical or KN95 mask. Higher quality masks were largely in short supply during the beginning of the pandemic but are now more readily available at local drug stores or online.

For those who are 12 and older and unvaccinated, talk to your doctor right away about questions you have about COVID-19 vaccines. Most patients currently hospitalized locally for COVID-19, including those in the intensive care unit, have not received a COVID-19 vaccination. While vaccination may not fully prevent infection, it’s one of the best tools we have to reduce the risk of severe illness and hospitalization. Please visit myturn.ca.gov to schedule your appointment today.

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Van Hits the Streets in Placer County

A mobile vaccination van offering free, walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations has begun operating in Placer County, funded by the state and operated by SnapNurse, an on-demand nursing agency.

Over the next two months, the van will move throughout the county – from South Placer to North Tahoe – and offer vaccinations five days a week at a variety of hotspots, from the county fair to other high-traffic spaces and events.

This week, for example, the van will operate at the Westfield Galleria mall as well as at Denio’s in Roseville, alternatively offering Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

Monday through Wednesday, June 7-9
Westfield Galleria
1151 Galleria Blvd, Roseville (across from parking structure)
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday through Sunday, June 12-13
Denio’s Farmer’s Market and Swap Meet
1551 Vineyard Rd, Roseville (main entrance; $5 parking fee)
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

Locations, dates and times for future clinics will be posted to the county website at www.placer.ca.gov/vaccineclinics as well as shared via the county’s vaccine text alert platform (text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211). Placer County Public Health is working with cities and community partners to identify appropriate events that might benefit from the SnapNurse van in June and July.

Additionally, Public Health is operating a handful of targeted community clinics in parts of the county with low vaccination rates or less access to healthcare. In addition to previously-announced clinics in Foresthill and Colfax this week, the team will offer J&J and Pfizer at the Placer County Government Center in North Auburn for several days this month:

Placer County Public Health 
11475 C Ave, Auburn
Tues., June 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m.                                 Pfizer and J&J
Wed., June 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m.                                 Pfizer and J&J
Thurs., June 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                  Pfizer and J&J
Wed., June 23, 2:30-4:30 p.m.                                 Pfizer and J&J
Thurs., June 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                  Pfizer only 

Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are also available in advance by visiting myturn.ca.gov.

Placer Public Health Announces Community Vaccine Clinics

Placer County Public Health and health care system partners will be holding special vaccination clinics in parts of the county with lower vaccination rates or access to health services in the month of June. Appointments can be made in advance at MyTurn.ca.gov and walk-ins are also welcomed.

The clinics will be offering the Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine to anyone 18 and older. Locations and times for the community clinics are as follows:

Kings Beach
North Tahoe Event Center
8318 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach
Dates: Wed. and Thurs., June 2 and 3
Time: 4:30-7 p.m.

Colfax Veterans Memorial Hall
22 Sunset Circle, Colfax
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Time: 4:30-7pm

Foresthill Memorial Hall
24601 Harrison St, Foresthill
Date: Thursday, June 10
Time: 4:30-7 p.m.

Local health systems are also planning community clinics in the North Auburn and Lincoln areas, and further details will be provided once available.

The mass vaccination clinic @the Grounds in Roseville will also be offering single-dose vaccine appointments the evenings of May 24 and 25, its final days of operation. Following demobilization of the clinic, which administered more than 85,000 doses, the county is turning its focus to community-based clinics in areas of need. Local nonprofit organizations will assist in promotion. Health systems, clinics and more than two dozen pharmacy partners will also continue to administer vaccine at locations across the county.

“We’re extremely thankful and proud of our staff, partners and progress thus far, and this model will help us continue that progress,” said Health and Human Services Director and Interim Health Officer Dr. Rob Oldham.

To date, as of May 24, approximately 48% of the Placer County population has received at least one dose (or a complete dose) of vaccine, with everyone 12 and up now eligible for vaccination.

Click here to download flyers for the clinics.

First known case of B.1.1.7 variant detected in Placer County

The first known case of the B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in Placer County. Early data suggests that the B.1.1.7 variant, dubbed the “U.K. variant” because of its spread in the United Kingdom, has potential for increased transmissibility. For more information about this variant, please see the CDC website.

The individual had no known travel history identified through contact tracing, and their isolation period has passed. No additional information regarding the case will be provided. There have been more than 250 cases of B.1.1.7 identified across California.

“The detection of this variant is not a surprise but is a reminder than the pandemic has not ended,” said Health and Human Services Director and Interim Health Officer Dr. Rob Oldham. “Even as we continue an aggressive vaccination campaign, it is important to continue to take steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 – and therefore limit the spread of variants – in our community, such as masking and distancing.”

Initial studies suggest that all three vaccines currently in use in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) provide protection against the B.1.1.7 variant.

Those currently eligible for vaccination in Placer County include:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care residents
  • People aged 65 and over
  • Education and childcare
  • Food and agriculture
  • Emergency services
  • Public transit
  • Janitorial
  • Those 16-64 with certain underlying health conditions

Visit www.placer.ca.gov/vaccineclinics to view appointment availability and sign up for text updates by texting PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 to receive text alerts. Additional guidance and information about COVID-19 from Placer County Public Health is available at www.placer.ca.gov/coronavirus/.

Text PLACERVACCINE to 898211 for Updates from 211

Placer County has partnered with 211 Connecting Point to provide the community with text updates when new information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Placer County becomes available. Residents can subscribe to find out updates like when, where and to what populations the COVID-19 vaccine has become available to.

Text PLACERVACCINE to 898211

Subscribe to vaccine text updates by texting PlacerVaccine to 898211. Subscribers will receive official, non-emergency information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine(s). All new subscribers must opt-in to the alerts for ongoing updates.

Subscribers will get a confirmation reading: “Thank you for joining Placer 211’s COVID-19 Vaccine text alerts. You will receive information and updates related to COVID-19 vaccines in Placer County. Visit Placer.ca.gov/6996/Vaccine to learn more.” Standard msg and data rates may apply. Text STOP to opt-out, Text HELP for technical assistance. For terms and conditions for texting with 898211, please visit: https://educationalmessageservices.com/policies

 Residents can also get the most up-to-date information by visiting the County’s COVID vaccine webpage at Placer.ca.gov/6996/Vaccine or by calling 211 Connecting Point at 1-833-DIAL211 to speak to a local call center agent, 24/7 in English or Spanish.

Standard msg and data rates may apply. Text STOP to opt out, for end user privacy terms and conditions, visit:  https://educationalmessageservices.com/policies/

Rental Assistance Available for Residents Impacted by COVID-19

The TBRA program has now been extended through Sept. 30, 2021. Call 211 today if you are interested in applying.

The Placer County Housing Authority and the Community Development Resource Agency HOME program are offering rental assistance to eligible low-income residents who are facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tenant Based Rental Assistance program offers assistance for up to four months of unpaid back rent and late fees accrued after March 13, 2020 (not to exceed $2,500), and is limited to funds available. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the California Department of Housing and Community Development. 

To be eligible for the program, an individual or family must be renting or leasing a unit within the county (excluding Roseville city limits), among other criteria. See a full list of eligibility criteria here Headline.

Households interested in applying for rental assistance through the program should call 211 Placer, by dialing 211 or 1-833-DIAL211. Operators will screen callers’ eligibility and refer them to the county for the application. 

“We encourage anyone wondering if they might be eligible to go ahead and call 211 Placer,” said Human Services Assistant Director Greg Geisler. “This is a valuable resource for some families struggling to stay afloat.”

As COVID-19 Vaccines Distributed, Official Information Sources Available

As Nevada County front-line healthcare workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the timeline and priority levels for vaccine distribution has been on the mind of the community. People have questions about the new vaccine, its safety, and its effectiveness.

211 is preferred community connection point for information and resources about COVID-19 in Nevada and Placer Counties and the Tahoe Truckee region. We work closely with Public Health to be able to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information, and will continue to do so for the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Following are official sources for COVID-19 vaccine information that you may find helpful.  

In addition, we have recently optimized COVID-19 resource listings on our websites, making them more accessible and searchable by region. By integrating the listings into our back-end resource engine, we have created a more consistent user experience. The public can easily access information about COVID-19 guidance, financial assistance, distance learning, as well as official vaccine information sources. We hope this single reference point will benefit county residents, especially those who live and work across county borders.

You can always call 211 to speak to one of our call agents about your specific questions and needs or visit the 211 website.

Placer County Public Health Shares COVID-19 Safety Tips For the Holidays

As we get further into the holiday season, many are wondering how to safely celebrate in the time of COVID-19. Pending forthcoming additional state guidance, Placer County Public Health is sharing some tips to help community members start thinking about ways to connect during this meaningful time of year while giving the gift of health to our loved ones.

Consider safer alternatives

The safest gathering is a virtual gathering. Here are some other ideas to spark your imagination ahead of the holiday season:

  • Host a feast with just the people living in your household. Check in with other loved ones virtually and swap recipes.
  • Prepare traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.
  • Watch holiday movies with members of your household.
  • Participate in drive-through activities, such as driving by neighborhood holiday lights.
  • Try to avoid crowded shopping environments by ordering items from businesses ahead of time for curbside pickup – and don’t wait until the last minute.

Safer holiday gatherings

Gathering with people outside your household increases risk of coronavirus transmission. If you choose to gather for the holidays, here are steps you can take to lower you and your family’s risk:

  • Limit holiday travel. If you do travel:
    • Get tested before traveling and quarantine while awaiting results.
    • Consider the level of transmission where you are traveling as well as your own and your fellow travelers’ risk of developing serious illness due to age or underlying conditions.
    • Safest travel would be by car.
    • If you fly, wear a mask and keep your distance at the airport and on the plane. Bring wipes and sanitize your seating area.
  • Keep gatherings small and short, with a limited number of households participating. (See state gathering guidance.)
  • Keep gatherings stable; that is, do not participate in multiple gatherings with many different households.
  • Stay outside – with outdoor heaters or firepits as needed – or in well-ventilated areas. If you must gather indoors, consider opening windows despite the added heating costs.
  • Wear masks and keep physically distant (at least 6 feet apart) from others not in your household.
  • Consider self-quarantine and testing prior to and following gatherings (remember, if you know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you still need to quarantine for a full 14 days even with a negative test).
  • Stay flexible. Have a Plan B in case someone develops symptoms or becomes a case or contact. Be ready to include loved ones virtually and keep everyone safe and sound.
  • Avoid parades, festivals, large gatherings and any crowded indoor environment.

“Remember, when we wear a mask or forgo a higher risk activity, we aren’t just protecting ourselves, we’re giving a gift to all of those people around us who might suffer more if they are infected with the virus,” said Health and Human Services Director and Interim Health Officer Dr. Rob Oldham.

Some loved ones may be uncomfortable celebrating the holidays in any way this year, and we ask that you respect their wishes and concerns. Everyone is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic to the best of their abilities and has different comfort levels about what is safe to do.

In addition, the holidays can be a time of added stress for some. If you or someone you know are experiencing mental health struggles, here are some resources in addition to services that your health care provider may offer:

  • For mental health emergencies/treatment call: 1-888-886-5401
  • For Family and Children’s Services call: 1-866-293-1940
  • Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • COVID-19 Peer-Run Warm Line: 1-855-845-7415

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
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:

Del NorteModocSan Francisco
HumboldtMonoSan Mateo

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


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.

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.

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

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.

Placer County Removed from State COVID-19 Monitoring List

Placer County yesterday fell off the state’s County Data Monitoring List for COVID-19, with the rate of new positive cases in the county now dipping below that state monitoring metric. 

If Placer County remains off the list for at least 14 days, K-12 schools could potentially reopen for in-person instruction. However, no other businesses would be allowed to modify their operations until the state modifies the state order. 

The Placer County Board of Supervisors and Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson have made requests that the state order be revised to allow affected businesses to resume indoor operations once a county has been off the monitoring list for two weeks, consistent with school guidance.

The state reports on its COVID-19 website that it is reassessing the order and will provide updates in the coming week.

“This is great news. I think our residents are doing a good job, and we still have to do what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Board Chair and District 1 Supervisor Bonnie Gore. “We don’t want people to get sick. We don’t want to see people in our hospitals. And we do want to see our business community open safely.” 

Local health officials continue to urge Placer residents to follow the recommended precautions so that the county’s case rate and other metrics continue to meet state thresholds. That includes using a face covering when in public, maintaining physical distance, avoiding gatherings, staying home if sick and regular hand washing.


Placer Urges Residents to Stay Indoors Amid Looming Heat Wave

With high temperatures forecast for the coming week, Placer County Public Health is encouraging residents to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and take proactive measures to prevent heat-related illness. 

“Excessive heat poses real dangers, especially to young children, older adults, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases or disabilities and people who are socially isolated,” said Mike Romero, Placer County public health manager. 

“In past heat spells we’ve seen very little use of our cooling centers at Placer libraries, so we feel confident we’ll be able to work directly with those who don’t have access to a cool space to find tailored solutions to keep them safe from the heat and COVID-19.”

The new 211 Placer information and referral system is online and ready to help connect Placer residents with social services and resources to keep them cool and safe.

Placer County Public Health and Office of Emergency Services will continue to monitor the weather and community needs and have plans in place to open cooling centers in compliance with prescribed state COVID-19 guidance if the need arises.

To help beat the heat residents should:

  • Stay hydrated by regularly drinking water or other nonalcoholic beverages;
  • Use home air conditioners; 
  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms and draw in cooler air;
  • Take cool baths or showers or use cool compresses to prevent overheating;
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun;
  • Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit and salads;
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes, as well as wide-brimmed hats to protect the face and neck;
  • Wear sunglasses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection;
  • Apply sunscreen liberally before going outdoors;
  • Check on older, sick or frail people who may need help responding to the heat;
  • Know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure. Heat-related illnesses include cramps, exhaustion and heat stroke. Warning signs can include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, paleness and dizziness;
  • Avoid leaving children or pets alone in cars for any amount of time; and
  • Do not exercise outdoors during the hottest parts of the day.

Residents should seek medical attention if they experience rapid, strong pulses; feel delirious; or have a body temperature above 102 degrees.

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illness and may not realize when they are in danger. Certain medications, health conditions or poorer circulation can limit their ability to sweat and cool themselves effectively. Residents are encouraged to check in with the seniors in their lives and call 211 if they need any support or services.

People in Placer County can access 211 in multiple ways:

  • PHONE: Dial 2-1-1 (or 1-833-DIAL211; for TTY: 1-844-521-6697) to speak with a call specialist. Language interpretation is available.
  • TEXT: Text your zip code to 898211. Your text plan’s rates will apply.
  • ONLINE: Visit 211Placer.org to access an online searchable database and to chat with or email specialists.

More heat safety tips are also available on the ReadyPlacer.org website.

New State Guidance Prioritizes COVID-19 Testing for High-Risk Groups

With testing capacity strained statewide, including in Placer County, Public Health is recommending for now that residents should only seek testing if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. The temporary change is in line with new state guidance that prioritizes limited testing for those who are ill, close contacts of confirmed cases, or part of an outbreak, followed by people who live or work in high-risk settings. If you aren’t in Tier One or Tier Two of this guidance, please don’t seek testing at this time: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Updated-COVID-19-Testing-Guidance.aspx

More information available here.

New CDPH Guidance Available For Outdoor Operations of Personal Services

The California Department of Public Health released additional guidance today for some personal services to begin outdoor operations; including hair, massage, nail and skin care services. These businesses may operate outdoors in Placer County after implementing the guidance, with no further approval needed from the local health officer. The guidance and other supporting materials for businesses are available on our Reopen Placer website: placer.ca.gov/reopen

PPE for Placer County businesses from the valley to Donner Summit

The Placer County Office of Emergency Services is aiding businesses, between the City of Roseville and the Donner Summit, that qualify for this program. PPE includes face coverings and hand sanitizer.

This free PPE is intended to be a stop-gap for businesses that are having difficulty acquiring necessary PPE for their operation; certain restrictions apply.

Eligible businesses are encouraged to submit their request to one of the following cities:

Roseville, Granite Bay:  Request PPE

RocklinRequest PPE

LincolnRequest PPE

Loomis, PenrynRequest PPE

Auburn, Newcastle, North Auburn, Bowman and ForesthillRequest PPE 

Colfax (Meadow Vista to the Donner Summit)Request PPE

Learn more here.

COVID-19 Impacts & Recommendations Survey

How has COVID-19 impacted your life and how should lessons learned from the pandemic inform the Master Plan for Aging?

The California Department of Aging wants to hear your story.

COVID-19 has changed the lives of Californians in so many ways. Millions of people of all ages are staying home and reinventing how to live, work, and connect with family, friends, and communities. Many are experiencing isolation, interruption in services, and loss of income due to the pandemic and resulting recession. Others cannot stay home, because of essential work and services, or do not have a home, and face greater risks of exposure.

The California Department of Aging (CDA) is committed to learning from the challenges, changes, and losses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). CDA will use these learnings to inform the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging, which will be released in December 2020.

Click here to take the survey between now and July 24. (Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese)

This is an opportunity to tell the CDA about your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and your thoughts on to increase support for older adults, persons with disabilities, and families and caregivers in California. Feel free to share the survey with your personal and professional networks so they can add their voices too.

CDA will use these learnings to inform the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging, which will be released in December 2020.

Learn more here.