Connecting Point and Community Partners Celebrate National 211 Day

Today, February 11th is 211 Day and, for the first time, it is being celebrated nationwide. 211 Day spreads awareness of how the service supports the community with information and resources.

211 is Nevada County’s free, multilingual and confidential information and referral system. 211 connects residents to community and health resources and various services, including senior care, transportation, housing assistance, suicide prevention and disaster services. 211 is available 24/7, 365 days a year (including holidays) and serves the people of Nevada County, Placer County, and the Tahoe-Truckee region.

Our local 211 call center has been serving the community since September 2013. Ann Guerra, executive director of Connecting Point, which operates the call center, credits the success of 211 to the collaboration with the local nonprofits and County offices. “We are so grateful for community partnerships that have allowed the 211 service to flourish.”  These partnerships include Nevada County Social Services and Office of Emergency Services, First Five Commission and Agency on Aging Area 4.

But most recently, as COVID-19 vaccine information is in high demand in the community, a strong partnership between 211 Connecting Point and Nevada County Public Health has helped meet the need. Together they have launched the Nevada County COVID-19 Vaccine Alert Text Line, in which users can text VACCINEINFO to 898211 to subscribe and be kept up-to-date with all the latest and most accurate information regarding the COVID-19 vaccines.

Nevada County residents can access 211 by:

  • Calling 2-1-1 (or 1-833-DIAL211; for TTY 1-844-521-6697).
  • Texting their zip code to 898211 (your text plan’s rates will apply)
  • Visiting 211ConnectingPoint.org to access the online searchable database and email or chat with specialists.

Nevada County and Tahoe Forest Hospital Vaccinate TTUSD Teachers

On Wednesday February 3, 2021, teachers from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District received their first COVID-19 vaccinations, administered by Tahoe Forest Hospital staff and school nurses from Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Nevada County is currently in Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes essential frontline workers. Vaccinating educators helps children remain in or return to the classroom, where critical social interactions and the best learning takes place, while preventing outbreaks in congregate school settings and supporting parents to remain in the workplace.

“I am so thankful for the amazing collaboration between all parties – Nevada County, Tahoe Forest Hospital, Placer County and the school district,” said Kim Szczurek, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board President.  “The work of these entities, both by the elected officials and the Superintendent Chief Learning Officer, County Executive Officer, TFH CEO, and their staffs make me so proud.  We have done this to protect our TTUSD staff with one goal in mind – focusing on the education and social and emotional well-being of our kids.”

The Tahoe Truckee educator clinic is the biggest single-day COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted in Nevada County so far, with approximately 700 teachers and school support staff vaccinated in one day. Tahoe Forest Hospital took the lead in making this event happen for the Tahoe Truckee community.

“Tahoe Forest Health System is very happy to assist in the vaccination efforts for our educational staff in our region,” said Harry Weis, President and CEO of Tahoe Forest Health System. “Helping the students, teachers, staff and our schools return to a greater sense of normalcy or health security is very important to us!”

“From a public health perspective, we recognize the value of vaccinating school staff,” said Jill Blake, Nevada County’s Public Health Director.  “National data tells us that families and women in particular have been negatively impacted by schools closing, with many forced to leave the workplace and stay home because there is no school for their children and they cannot afford childcare. These vaccinations help keep teachers safe, children engaged, and parents employed.”

Nevada County has received 10,625 vaccines to-date, which includes first and second doses of the vaccine. Nevada County has partnered with local hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and local healthcare providers to vaccinate our community.

“The complexity associated with vaccination programming and the actual scarcity of the vaccine has put the County in a really tough position,” said District 5 Supervisor Hardy Bullock. “Vaccinating educators and getting our schools back toward a more normal operation is a top priority. It allows our families to return to work, our children to begin learning and connect socially, and get our economy back on track. We want every person to get vaccinated. This group of educators is a catalyst, not only for learning but now our entire economy and social connection. County Public Health staff and all the officials from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Tahoe Forest Hospital, Placer and Nevada County have been working full time on this. I’m so proud of this decision and our teamwork; this is how government serves and leads.”

More Information

While COVID-19 vaccine supply is still limited, California is prioritizing vaccines for specific groups based on exposure risks, health risks, and health equity. My Turn is the State of California’s new tool where you can find out if it’s your turn to get vaccinated and schedule vaccination appointments. If it isn’t your turn yet, you can register to be notified when you become eligible. Although there are currently no appointments available in Nevada County via this system, we expect this to change over the next few weeks. 

Find more information and ways to receive updates on COVID-19 vaccines in Nevada County at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus/vaccine. Vaccination is an essential tool for ending this pandemic. Even after you are vaccinated, we must all stay vigilant and continue to wear masks, keep our distance, wash our hands, and avoid gatherings so that we can return to a more normal way of life as quickly as possible.

Nevada County Exits COVID-19 Stay Home Order into Purple Tier

The State has lifted the Regional Stay Home Order for the Greater Sacramento Region, which includes Nevada County. Due to Nevada County’s current daily average of COVID-19 cases and positivity rate, Nevada County will be exiting the Stay Home Order into the Widespread Purple Tier.  

Although this is welcome news that our ICU capacity is projected to be above 15%, Nevada County remains well into the Widespread Purple Tier with significant business modifications. Nevada County Public Health continues to thank the community for wearing a mask, being mindful of social distancing and refraining from social gatherings. Together, we can stop the surge to save lives and work towards lowering our daily COVID-19 cases and positivity rate which may allow us to move into the less restrictive Red Tier.

Moving into the Widespread Purple Tier

As we move back into the Widespread Purple Tier, some businesses will be able to reopen with modifications. Most notably, these are:

  • Hair Salons/Barbershops/Personal Care: Open with modifications in the Purple Tier
  • Hotels and Lodging: Open with modifications in the Purple Tier
  • Movie Theaters: Outdoor only with modifications in Purple Tier
  • Wineries: Outdoor only with modifications in the Purple Tier
  • Restaurants: Outdoor dining with modifications allowed in Purple Tier

Find a summary of the differences between the State’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” tier system on California Department of Public Health’s website.

COVID Vaccines in Nevada County

Nevada County Public Health is working to vaccinate Nevada County as quickly, safely and equitably as possible. Bookmark www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus/vaccine for updates on where we are in our local vaccine rollout. 

More Information

For more information visit www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus.

Nevada County Remains in Regional COVID-19 Stay Home Order

Nevada County continues to be under the State’s Stay Home Order along with neighboring counties in the Greater Sacramento region. According to the State’s latest COVID-19 facts, the Greater Sacramento region’s daily current ICU capacity numbers have been relatively consistent at approximately 14%, however early projections over the next four weeks show ICU capacity is likely to drop. Therefore, the order will likely be extended for the Greater Sacramento region. The Greater Sacramento region’s official ICU projections and status under the Stay Home Order will be known and posted tomorrow, January 2nd based on the January 1st projections that will be run today. The ICU capacity projections are based on four factors: current estimated regional ICU capacity available, measure of current community transmission, current regional case rates and the proportion of ICU cases being admitted. Decreasing community transmission and increasing the health system capacity can help a region’s projected ICU capacity so they can exit the order.

The Stay at Home Order means that gatherings of any size are prohibited. Bars, wineries, personal services and hair salons must close temporarily.  Retail can stay open with a cap of 20% capacity and restaurants must stop all on-site dining and only provide take-out or delivery services. Critical infrastructure and schools are allowed to stay open.  Non-essential travel is not allowed across the state of California and the travel advisory to quarantine after any out of state travel is still in place. Masking and physical distancing are mandatory. In Nevada County, there are many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Local recreation with members of the same household is encouraged. Learn more about the regional Stay at Home Order at COVID19.ca.gov.

To protect our essential and healthcare workers, first responders, vulnerable residents and businesses, please stay home except for essential needs. A few weeks after a holiday, Nevada County typically sees a spike in new COVID-19 cases. Individual action leads to collective mitigation and we thank Nevada County residents who remain diligent about wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding gatherings and staying home when sick. We can stop the spread together. Thank you for keeping Nevada County Strong.

Upcoming Business Resource Opportunities

Nevada County is hosting a COVID-19 Business Task Force meeting at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 6th. Get an update on COVID-19 and learn about federal, state, and local relief funding available to businesses. Hosted by Supervisors Dan Miller and Ed Scofield, with speakers from Nevada County and the Sierra Business Council. Register on Zoom at www.mynevadacounty.com/COVID19BusinessTaskForce..

The Nevada County Relief Fund is currently accepting applications from for-profit small businesses who are complying with public health guidelines to protect their customers and staff through January 6th. For-profit businesses may apply for micro-grants up to $5,000 that may be used for rent relief or other critical business expenses needed to stay open this winter. Apply at www.nevcorelief.org

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant opened December 30th and will close on January 8th at 11:59 p.m. A total of $475 million will be available in two rounds. Round one will distribute $237 million. Find more information at www.careliefgrant.com. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will provide a daily webinar at 11:00 am  through January 4th. Webinar topics will include updates to the program including eligibility requirements, application process, required documents, and who to contact for assistance. Register for an upcoming Small Business Grant Webinar on SBDC’s website at www.sierrasbdc.com/events/state-california-covid-19-small-business-grant-webinar.

More Information

For more information visit www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus or speak with a local call center representative at 211 Connecting Point by calling  1-833-DIAL211. For more information on local immunization efforts and weekly vaccine updates visit www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus/vaccine

Nevada County Hospitals Receive First Shipment of COVID Vaccine

On Thursday morning Nevada County received the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine which included 975 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. These first doses are being distributed to our two hospitals, Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley and will be used to begin vaccinating our front-line health care workers. This first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine represents a significant milestone, and congratulations are warranted to the community, our healthcare providers and Public Health for getting us this far.

“Although our initial allocations will be small, we expect that soon we will begin to receive vaccine allocations each week,” said Nevada County Public Health Director Jill Blake. “This is very welcome news, as the arrival of the vaccine indicates the beginning of a pharmaceutical intervention that will eventually end this pandemic and allow us to return to normalcy.”

COVID Vaccines Arriving at Tahoe Forest Hospital & Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

“This week is a huge, positive week for our region considering the past nine months in that this is the first step of Part B of our strategy which is to receive and begin administering vaccines following state and county guidelines.  We’ve all waited impatiently for this week,” said Harry Weis, President and CEO of Tahoe Forest Health System. “It’s a small start so please stay tuned for advice as to when vaccines will be available for the general public”.

At Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH) preparation included acquiring necessary equipment to store and administer the vaccine, the training of staff, and developing relevant processes and procedures. 

“At Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, safety is our priority, and we only administer vaccines that are proven safe and effective. While there are always unknowns when a new vaccine is developed, data from the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials looks extremely promising, and the vaccines they are creating appear to be very effective,” said Dr. Brian Evans, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital President. “As we reach this historic moment in time, I do want to take pause to recognize our healthcare workers that have and will continue to do their part to keep our communities healthy and well – it is truly heroic work and we can’t thank you enough.”  

As with all COVID-19 communications throughout this pandemic, Dr. Evans stressed, “Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital has been very transparent and attempts to always communicate vital information to community members in the timeliest manner.” He explained they will be taking this same approach with the vaccine distributions. 

Next Steps

Nevada County is following the  vaccine allocation guidelines developed by the California Department of Public Health. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has developed phases and tiers within those phases. CDPH continues to define/clarify who is included in which tiers. Nevada County’s first doses are going to front-line health care workers at our two hospitals. Congregate care settings such as Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities are also prioritized in Tier 1 of Phase 1A. As availability increases, vaccine will eventually be available via local health care providers and Nevada County Public Health.

While this is a tremendous milestone in the fight against this pandemic, it will be some time until the vaccine is widely available. Until our community is widely vaccinated, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask when out of the house, and maintain social distance from non-household members. If you are a healthcare worker with an active license and would like to volunteer as a disaster healthcare worker, you can sign up with California’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteer database. If you are a healthcare provider with a current practice, Nevada County Public Health is planning to hold meetings with providers to consult about the best way to ensure that everyone who qualifies for these initial doses has access to them.

If you have more questions about vaccine safety, efficacy, distribution, approval or other related questions, visit the State of California’s Vaccine page for up-to-date information. For more information on Coronavirus in Nevada County, visit www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus or speak with a local call center representative at 211 Connecting Point by calling 1-833-DIAL211.

Nevada County moves into regional Stay-at-Home Order beginning Dec 11th

Today, the State announced that Nevada County, along with neighboring counties in the Greater Sacramento region, will be moving into the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order beginning Friday, December 11th. The order will remain in effect for a minimum of three weeks. The State’s Regional Stay at Home Order is triggered when a region’s ICU capacity drops below 15%. Today, the Greater Sacramento region’s ICU capacity has dropped to 14.3%.

The Stay at Home Order means that gatherings of any size are prohibited. Bars, wineries, personal services and hair salons must close temporarily.  Retail can stay open with a cap of 20% capacity and restaurants must stop all on-site dining and only provide take-out or delivery services. Critical infrastructure and schools are allowed to stay open.  Non-essential travel is not allowed across the state of California and the travel advisory to quarantine after any out of state travel is still in place. Masking and physical distancing are mandatory. In Nevada County, we have many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Local recreation with members of the same household is encouraged. Learn more about the regional Stay at Home Order at COVID19.ca.gov.

Nevada County is hosting a COVID-19 Business Task Force meeting from 3-4pm today, Wednesday, December 9th to discuss the most recent business resources. Register on Zoom at www.mynevadacounty.com/COVID19BusinessTaskForce.

The State is planning to send out a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), similar to our CodeRED Emergency Alerts, to residents of Nevada County and neighboring counties in the Greater Sacramento region who will be under the regional Stay at Home Order. Any messages are informational only, and individuals who receive wireless alerts should not contact law enforcement or call 9-1-1. If you have questions, please call 211 Connecting Point by calling 1-833-DIAL211 rather than 911 dispatch.

To protect our essential and healthcare workers, first responders, vulnerable residents and businesses, please stay home except for essential needs. Eight more Nevada County residents have died of COVID-19 in the last week. 

We can stop the spread together. Thank you for keeping Nevada County Strong. 

For more information visit www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus or speak with a local call center representative at 211 Connecting Point by calling  1-833-DIAL211.

Community Update on COVID-19 and Regional Stay-at-Home Order

To blunt the curve and save lives, California has introduced a Regional Stay-at-Home Order today for counties whose regional hospital systems fall under 15% ICU capacity. Although Nevada County is not immediately placed into a Stay-at-Home Order due to regional hospital capacity, the “Greater Sacramento” health system is projected to fall below 15% ICU capacity in early December and would move Nevada County into a Stay-at-Home Order for a minimum of 3 weeks with neighboring counties in the “Greater Sacramento” health system. Find more information about the possible Stay-at-Home Order at COVID19.ca.gov.

“We’re seeing a concerning increase in hospitalizations across the state, the region, and locally,” said Nevada County Public Health Director Jill Blake. “As a county with two small hospitals that regularly rely on the ability to transfer patients to hospitals outside our jurisdiction, it’s important to remember that there is a regionality to our healthcare system and that what happens in neighboring counties impacts us as well.” 

In Nevada County, we’re experiencing an unprecedented escalation in new COVID-19 cases. From March through October, Nevada County had a total of 642 cases; in November, we had 706 new cases. At the end of October, we had 51 active cases and 2 hospitalizations, and as of today, we have 371 active cases and 17 hospitalizations. We anticipate another large increase in cases within the next 1-2 weeks from Thanksgiving activities and gatherings. Since mid-November there has been an 89% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations across California. Current projections show hospitalizations could increase 2-3 times the current amount in one month alone. 

Join us Friday afternoon from 2pm-3pm on Zoom to learn about the individual actions required to protect our community and our essential workers. This is an urgent update that will feature reliable, expert information from those working on our local COVID-19 response including our two local hospitals, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Tahoe Forest Hospital, and our Public Health Department. What we all do these next couple weeks will be critical for our community’s health and economic well-being. Register at www.mynevadacounty.com/COVID19communityupdate.

To help keep the community informed, protect our essential workers, and to prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed, Nevada County plans to send out a CodeRED Emergency Alert to residents and visitors if Nevada County does move into a Stay-at-Home Order due to regional hospital capacity. Learn more and subscribe to CodeRED Emergency Alerts at www.readynevadacounty.org/codered

For more information visit www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus, and to speak with a local call center representative, please call 211 Connecting Point at 1-833-DIAL211.

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.

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.

NCPH Announces Second COVID-19 Related Death in Nevada County

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

OES Seeks Feedback on CodeRED Emergency Alert Test

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

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

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

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

Find Helpful Quick Links Below:

Countywide Test of Emergency Alert Systems Scheduled for August 12

On August 12, the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services and the Town of Truckee are teaming up to issue simultaneous tests of the CodeRED and Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert Systems. 

All Nevada County residents are advised to prepare by registering for CodeRED Emergency Alerts in one of the following ways:

CodeRED Emergency Alerts will display as originating from 866-419-5000 or 855-969-4636 on caller ID and Residents are encouraged to save these numbers.

The Town of Truckee will conduct a concurrent test of the Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert System which serves Town of Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to CodeRED, which serves unincorporated Eastern Nevada County, and all Western Nevada County. Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District utilize the Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert System as the primary method of communication during critical incidents. Both residents and visitors are encouraged to subscribe to stay informed in the event of an emergency. 

Residents are encouraged to utilize the user-friendly Nixle Everbridge application on mobile devices. Simply text “APP” to 888-777 to receive a link to download the Everbridge Mobile Application. Complete your registration by downloading, installing and opening the app. Insert 96161 to subscribe to the Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District. 

Both CodeRED and Nixle Everbridge are high-speed mass notification systems designed to notify residents in the event of an emergency. Emergency alerts are one of many communication tools utilized by local government in the event of an emergency, and testing these systems is an important part of emergency planning. 

These tools are not a guaranteed source of information, and residents should be prepared and remain situationally aware.

Learn more at ReadyNevadaCounty.org

Grass Valley & Truckee Small Business PPE Distribution Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grass Valley & Truckee Small Business PPE Distribution Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Involved in Transit Planning

Do you use public transportation to get around? Are you interested in improving our transit systems? Your input is needed!

On Monday, July 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m there will be a joint meeting of the Accessible Transportation Coalition Initiative/Mobility Action Partners Coalition (ATCI-MAPCO) and Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC).

The meeting will include a discussion on transit needs in Nevada County, including the Town of Truckee and inter-regional connections. This is your chance to help shape transportation services in our region.

How to Join the Meeting:

The meeting will be held via video teleconference due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. To join from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click the link below on the meeting date and time:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82887184120?pwd=UEJNZVZ4NEV4c1hpTU8ySHNnamdPdz09

Webinar ID: 828 8718 4120     Online Password: 0pCZnn

To download Zoom: https://zoom.us/download

Or if you are not able to join by computer, you can dial-in by phone:

Call +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 828 8718 4120     Phone Password: 242962

If you are new to the Zoom meeting platform the following tutorial will provide an overview: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

Public Comment will be opened during the Public Comment time and for each agenda item.  Please use the Zoom “Raise Hand” feature.  Phone attendees: Press *9 to Raise Hand.

For additional information, please contact:

Mike Woodman, Deputy Executive Director
Nevada County Transportation Commission
Email: mwoodman@nccn.net

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.

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

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

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

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

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

What is closing in Placer County only?
Placer County is currently on the State’s County Monitoring List. Additional closures of indoor operations are mandated. Those indoor operations include the following:

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

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

To continue to support our local businesses and to protect our community’s vulnerable populations, it is important to continue to follow Public Health recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19:

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

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

State Orders Some Placer County Businesses to Close Beginning July 12th

In response to the increasing spread of COVID-19, State Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell today issued an order for several businesses in Placer County to either close or eliminate indoor operations starting Sunday, July 12. The State had indicated previously that any California county that remains on the monitoring list for three days will be ordered to draw back its reopening efforts.

According to the State order, the following businesses must shift to outdoor operations or close effective on Sunday for a minimum of three weeks.

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Movie Theaters
  • Zoos and Museums
  • Cardrooms

The State order allows businesses to modify operations to provide services outside and encourages take-out and delivery. The state has also issued new guidance for restaurants providing outdoor dining, take-out, drive-through, and delivery. All industry or sector guidance documents that have been issued by the State to date, including all infectious control measures outlined in those guidance documents, apply in outdoor settings and must be adhered to, according to the state order.

In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs must close, both indoors and outdoors, unless they are offering sit down, dine-in meals as described in earlier state guidance.

Drivers of increased disease transmission in Placer County include large households where staying away from others while ill is difficult, community and extended family gatherings, and indoor work environments where physical distancing is difficult. The rising number of cases of COVID-19 in Placer County as well as neighboring Sacramento County is in turn driving an increase in hospitalizations.

“I understand how frustrating this is for our local businesses, and my hope is that our whole community will pull together and promote the personal precautions that can help reverse these disease trends,” said Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “Please wash your hands, maintain physical distance, wear a face covering in public, and do not gather with non-household members.”