Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020                                                                             Edition #36

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 

Happy Friday!

The Board met this morning and voted to approve a letter to Governor Newsom attesting that El Dorado County is ready to move to Phase 2 of California's COVID-19 Safety Plan. The Board then gave direction for next Tuesday's meeting to add an item for discussion on faith based operations, travel restrictions, recreation, and face masks.

The letter can be viewed HERE by clicking on Executed Letter - Governor.


Virtual VHR Meeting Information

NOTE:  Time has changed to 5:00 pm

Following is the information needed to virtually attend the first VHR meeting.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

To join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to join:

Or join by phone:
    Dial-in +1 530-621-7603 or 530-621-7610  
    Webinar ID: 973 3615 6338 

Comments and questions will be taken using the "chat" feature.

El Dorado County Provides COVID-19 Testing by Appointment for All Residents

Sites on east and west slopes of the County will have capacity to test hundreds daily.

El Dorado County officials announced they will open two appointment-only community sites for COVID-19 testing for any resident wanting to be tested for the virus. The openings follow Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community COVID-19 testing sites across the state focused on underserved communities.

“These are not antibody tests to detect whether someone has any level of immunity against COVID-19,” said El
Dorado County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams. “These are nasal or nasopharyngeal swab tests that will determine if someone has the presence of the COVID-19 virus at the time of testing. We’re making the test available to anyone in the County who wishes to have it, free of charge, even if they are asymptomatic,”
Williams said, “although people with symptoms are the highest priority.”

Each site will provide testing of up to 132 tests a day for anyone who has made an appointment. Sites are
scheduled to be operational for a minimum of two months.

“There is absolutely no barrier to being tested,” Williams stressed, noting that “citizen status will not be checked, cost is covered either by your medical insurance or by the State if you are uninsured, and if someone is without identification, testing staff will generate a unique identifier number to obtain results. The only requirement is an appointment,” she added.

To register for an appointment, people can visit Those without internet access can call 888-634-1123.

Test results are expected to take 48-72 hours. All test results will be entered into the California Reportable
Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE) site. Patients will receive a card at the time of testing directing them to a site for test results. Patients who test positively will be contacted by telephone by a nurse.

“If you’re curious as to whether an illness you had this winter was COVID-19, this is not the test for you,”
Williams stressed.

"Being tested at one of these sites will only tell you if you currently have an infection, which is most likely if you have symptoms now or if you had contact in the last few days with someone who had COVID-19.” Williams said. “Some people are infected who have had no symptoms but they most likely spent significant time around people who had symptoms prior to that, like a household member.”

Testing sites and days of operation are:

Ponderosa High School
(Started Monday, May 4th)

Small Gym, enter on North side of Campus
3661 Ponderosa Road
Shingle Springs, Ca.

Thursday - Monday
Hours: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

Lake Tahoe Community College
(Started Tuesday, May 5th)

1 College Drive
S. Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150

Tuesday - Saturday
Hours 7:00 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00 PM-7:00 PM
Closed Sunday & Monday

To determine where to locate new testing sites, the state looked at both rural and urban areas where Californians
would have to travel between 30 and 60 minutes to reach an existing testing site or hospital. That information was then evaluated based on underserved populations, to address known disparities, and median income, so residents have access to testing regardless of socioeconomic status. They are provided through a partnership with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company.

COVID daily

El Dorado County COVID-19 Update

Update on COVID-19 in El Dorado County as of May 8, 2020.  

    --  165 new tests administered (2,935)

    -- No new cases (54)

    -- No new recoveries (9)

Tahoe Together

Lake Tahoe Job & Resource Fair Goes Online May 21-22

Employers and prospective hires to connect during two-day Tahoe Works Virtual Job & Resource Fair.

Job seekers will have the opportunity to connect one-on-
one with employers during the Tahoe Works Virtual Job & Resource Fair, May 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Presented by the Tahoe Chamber in partnership with ADVANCE and El Dorado County, the online event will include job postings for a variety of positions in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, resources for job seekers, and business resources for owners looking to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.

The virtual job fair is expected to attract a large pool of candidates both in and out of the basin with a variety of full-time, part-time, entry-level and experienced positions. Easy access to the fair will be provided to prospective employees and employers through an online portal from Easy Virtual Fair that allows the two groups to connect. The platform includes recruiting software that is entirely mobile, requires no downloads, and allows employers to set up a virtual booth that lists available positions, a company profile and social media profiles, as well as to arrange meetings with applicants. Job seekers
can sign up prior to the fair, upload their resumes, view postings and communicate with participating companies. The virtual event is free for candidates and registration is available at

“The coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty in both the job market and the business
community, leaving many people not knowing how best to get back to work.” said Emily Abernathy, Tahoe Chamber Director of Operations. “This virtual event will allow job seekers and businesses to make connections and together emerge from this crisis.”

This job and resource fair will be an essential step in getting the South Shore economy up and running, as it provides candidates with direct employment opportunities and help to businesses as they gear up for reopening. The provided online portal will allow individuals to have multiple conversations at once with a number of companies, have any questions about the position answered and communicate directly with a recruiter instead of blindly sending a resume or application.

Applicants will also have access to resource agencies to assist in the hiring process, resume building, interview tips, and information about unemployment. These agencies will include ADVANCE, Lake Tahoe Community College, Tahoe Magic, Golden Sierra Job Training Agency, and JOIN Inc.

Business owners and operators are also invited to register for the job fair to access multiple channels of resources provided by local business development partners, including the Sierra Small Business Development Center. SBDC offers free one-on-one business coaching, and is an incredibly effective local resource to help businesses great up and get back on track.

Tahoe Works will provide a chance for companies to build up their teams and their brands by reaching those living outside of their local area. Similar to job seekers, a virtual job fair reduces overhead costs for companies with online booths and the ability to connect with multiple prospects in an easy-to-access platform. Recruiters can then follow up with promising leads for in-person interviews after creating their shortlist during the event.

Employers that are Tahoe Chamber members may register for a virtual booth for $25 while non-members may register for $50. The deadline to register for a virtual booth is May 15, 2020. Additional information is available on the Tahoe Chamber website.

Tahoe Together

Locals helping locals through COVID-19.

As we all navigate through the Coronavirus global pandemic, let us join together from the comforts of our home, to help support the Tahoe community. Help us raise money for local non-profits and community members affected by the COVID-19 outbreak by ordering your “Tahoe Together” apparel today!

T-shirts, hats, and bumper stickers, created by Rise Designs with a signature “Tahoe Together” logo, have been designed specifically to help our community during this trying time. Show your Tahoe pride and buy yours HERE to help support the businesses and people that make Tahoe so special to us all.

Together, we can help ensure that no one in our region goes hungry, loses their housing, or goes without needed help. And the need is big -- our neighbors are hurting from sudden job loss, salary reductions, and new responsibilities including home-schooling.

Our goal is to sell 1,500 pieces of apparel and raise $20,000! Please spread the word!

For more information, please visit Tahoe Together 2020.



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Below are links to Federal Guidance issued on 3.20.20:

White House

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United States Food and Drug Administration

Department of Homeland Security

United States Treasury

United States Department of Defense

United States Department of Agriculture

Department of Education

United States Environmental Protection Agency

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

United States Department of Transportation

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

wash hands

Wash those germs right off your hands!


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