Truckee Follows Limit On Operations Of Rentals & Hotel Stays

From the Truckee Police Dept.

Truckee Follows Nevada County Limit On Operations Of Short Term Rentals & Vacation Based Hotel Stays

Effective immediately, short-term rentals, and vacation based accommodations are being significantly limited in the Town of Truckee, Nevada County, and Placer County.  It was recognized early on that the best approach to this decision was from a regional perspective.

With this decision, it is also a good time to address our community’s growing concern around crowds.  We implore all of those in and around Truckee who do not either reside here or provide essential services, to recognize the impact that population increase due to visitation has on our community and health care system.  Now is not the time to come to our community.  If you are visiting for the day or short term, please respect our request to return to your primary place of residence.  If we all do not practice STRICT social distancing and self-quarantine, we will suffer grave consequences.  We cannot support recreation, visitation, close proximity, or non-essential public interaction right now.  There is no other alternative and this has to be accomplished now.  If you want Truckee to remain the mountain getaway it has been in the past, we all must act to ensure a speedy recovery.

We also feel that this is the perfect opportunity to enforce the basic concepts of community.  The personal responsibility we all need to have at this time has nothing to do with your residential status or property title.  Regardless if you are a second home owner, a local, a renter, a J1 or someone who just moved here…personal responsibility is key and our community is very diverse in how we all choose to live here.  The title of our local status is not what we should be focused on.  What we should be focused on is our actions –

  • Don’t come from elsewhere to recreate, visit, or vacation as a break from a more urban environment.  We should be following the stay-at-home order and philosophical goal.  This goes for any location, and this issue is not something that is only happening in Truckee.
  • Going outside is important to stay mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy, but this is NOT a vacation for anyone in our community.  Don’t participate in high risk activities.  Getting injured during activities is as equally concerning as not following social distancing standards.
  • Don’t hoard supplies or food.  We are working to keep our supply chains re-supplying our area, but use common sense with what you need and don’t “fear purchase.”
  • Stay the course!  We are just starting this.  Don’t get complacent and let your social distancing and stay-at-home practices slip.
  • Stop any emotional reactions or tendencies to create an “us vs. them” mindset.  Our risk factors and exposure come from a variety of sources and locations.  There is no one group who are increasing our vulnerability to COVID-19.

If we all work together to do the right thing during this public health crisis, we will all be able to enjoy the Truckee-Tahoe mountain area in a responsible and respectful way sooner rather than later.

Nevada County Limits Evictions in Unincorporated Areas

Limits On Evictions in Unincorporated Areas

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

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

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

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

Nevada County Reports 4th Person with COVID-19

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

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

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

Importance of Stay-at-Home Order

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

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

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

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

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

3-24-2020 Public Health

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

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

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

Importance of Stay-at-Home Order 

Coronavirus continues to be an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

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

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

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

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

Nevada County Reports 3rd Person with COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

Nevada County Reports 2nd Person with COVID-19

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

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

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

FAQs on Governor’s Shelter in Place Order

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

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

A sample of the questions includes:

WHAT’S CLOSED?

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

WHAT CAN’T I DO?

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

IS THIS MANDATORY OR IS IT JUST GUIDANCE?

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

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

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

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

Placer County Issues Directive to Stay Home

Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson has issued a directive for residents to remain at home except to engage in “essential activities,” effective 12:01 a.m., March 20, 2020, in response to local and regional spread of COVID-19.

“It is critical that every member of our community heed this directive if we hope to slow the spread of this disease and prevent severe loss of life,” said Sisson. “This is an extraordinary measure but we are in an extraordinary time, and we must act quickly to meet this moment.”

Thus far, there have been 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Placer County including one death as of 2 p.m. on March 19. In addition, at least 11 cases in Sacramento County are directly linked to cases in Placer County. With evidence of community spread occurring in the region, it is expected that case numbers will increase further, especially as testing capacity grows.

Under the directive, Placer County residents are directed to only leave their residence to perform essential activities, some of which include:

  • Activities to maintain the health and safety of family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medication.
  • Obtaining necessary services or supplies (or delivering those services or supplies to others), such as getting groceries.
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, provided six feet of spacing is maintained between people who are not members of the same household.
  • Performing work providing essential products and services at an essential business as defined in the directive, or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in the directive.
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household.

For a complete list of activities and businesses considered “essential,” please see the full directive.

The directive follows evolving local, state and federal guidance over the past weeks. Other counties in the region have issued similar directives or orders. The Placer County Health Officer will continue to evaluate the situation and could take additional action in the future if warranted.

“As we continually learn more about COVID-19, how easily it is transmitted and how dangerous it can be for some portions of our populations at higher risk, it’s become clear how crucial it is for us to limit interpersonal interactions now,” Sisson said. “If you are at lower risk, please consider helping your at-risk friends and loved ones keep stocked on essentials so they can stay home as much as possible.”

Individuals with mild illness should manage their symptoms at home with over-the-counter drugs whenever possible, regardless of whether they have a cold, the flu, or COVID-19. Contact your health care provider if you have more concerning symptoms and wish to inquire about testing. For more general inquiries around COVID-19 and Placer County’s new directive, view current information at www.placer.ca.gov/coronavirus. A public hotline is also available at 530-886-5310.

“I understand how disruptive this directive is,” said Sisson. “I have not taken this decision lightly. COVID-19 poses a significant threat to the Placer community and I implore every resident of our county to take the threat seriously and follow this directive. Our lives depend on it.”

Read the full directive here.

 

NCPH Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Nevada County Public Health Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

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Highlights:

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

Nevada County Public Health Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

The person recently traveled outside the country, and at this time it appears the disease was acquired during international travel, but we are still in the earliest stages of investigation. The person’s close household contacts are under quarantine and have no symptoms at this time. The person was not out in the community while ill.

“Our team has been planning to see COVID-19 in Nevada County and we have been working with local partners such as local health providers, schools, and business community to prepare,” said Nevada County Public Health Officer Dr. Ken Cutler. “We have seen how the virus has been transmitted through the community in other states and in parts of California, and we recommend the public prepare for community transmission in Nevada County, unrelated to this case, as well.”

“We are working around the clock to make sure residents have the best information possible and are informed to help slow the spread of this disease. There are actions community members can take to help protect themselves, their families and coworkers. By taking simple, but effective steps together we can slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Cutler.

How To Protect Yourself and Others

  • Self-isolate if you are 65 years of age older OR if you have a compromised immune system or a serious underlying medical condition. This effort will help protect those most vulnerable to serious illness caused by this disease.
  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Follow guidance from public health officials. Find local coronavirus information at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus.

In addition, Nevada County Public Health states that with increased community transmission across the state and increasing numbers of cases in nearby counties, we should assume that there are likely undetected cases and act as though there is community transmission occurring in Nevada County, so everyone should be aware and practice the recommended steps to keep themselves healthy, including social distancing. Public Health is working with partners in health care, education, business, law enforcement and others to prevent and slow the spread of this illness, and every community member will need to do their part as well if we want to preserve the public health and safety of our county’s residents.

COVID-19 Testing

While the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 is in the headlines and is a genuine public health threat, the community should know that there is still quite a bit of flu activity and other health emergencies continue to happen on a regular basis. People have other serious respiratory illnesses, heart attacks, broken bones, etc., and while our small, rural community has an excellent local health system, it can easily be saturated and overwhelmed if people try to access unnecessary care. Public Health is in regular contact with our hospitals and other health care partners, and we are working collectively to inform concerned community members about how to care for themselves while remaining sensitive to the capacity of our local health care systems.

One of the most common questions being asked of us all is, “Can I be tested for coronavirus?” Here is what we want everyone to know:

  • The demand for COVID-19 testing continues to exceed capacity, though expanded testing remains a high priority.
  • In general, testing for the COVID-19 virus is not helpful if you do not have symptoms.
  • Most people will get better with rest and self-care, so there is no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms. If you have symptoms similar to a cold and you feel like you can manage them with over-the-counter medications from the comfort of your home, that is what you should do, regardless of whether or not it could be COVID-19. Also, please stay home to limit exposure to others.
  • If you are sick, your health care provider may decide to do a test for coronavirus. At this time only health care providers can order tests for COVID-19. Again, since most people will get better with rest and time, there is no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms. If you are sick and think you should be tested for COVID-19, call your doctor before going in for care. If you don’t have a provider, call 2-1-1 (or 833-342-5211) for help finding a clinician near you.
  • Certain patients such as the elderly, those that are immune compromised or have underlying medical conditions should contact their doctor earlier if they have symptoms. Again, they should contact their clinic or provider before going in.
  • Please do not call 911 to request testing for COVID-19 and please do not go to emergency rooms unless you are seriously ill and require emergency care.

Protecting our local health care system will require prudence and commitment from us all. Please help us ensure that care is available for those most in need of it.

Free Fares on Truckee TART

The Town of Truckee is now offering free bus service for riders of the Truckee TART Local bus route. The Truckee TART Local operates throughout the Town of Truckee, providing access to shopping, recreation, employment, and more. Riders can also use the Truckee TART to connect to Placer County’s TART service to extend their trip throughout the Tahoe region.

Current hours of operations are Monday through Saturday between 9 am and 5 pm. Fixed Route services vary by season. For more information on routes and pick-up times, please visit the Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit website.

Truckee TART Dial-a-Ride also provides free year-round bus service for ADA-certified passengers. To make your reservation, call 530-550-7451.

For more information about your transportation options, give us a call at 2-1-1.