Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020                                                                                     Edition #37

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 


I hope everyone is staying safe.

This week Governor Newsom announced that El Dorado County will be one of the first counties to be eccelerated through Stage 2 of the Governor's Resilience Roadmap.

I am hopeful that we can reopen our County and move forward with the Governor's plan allowing us to get back to living our lives as soon as safely possible.

El Dorado County Gets Variance from State to Start Dine-In Service at Restaurants, In-Store Retail

Press Release dated 5/12/20

El Dorado County was the first of two Counties in the state to receive the go-ahead today from Governor Newsom to move fully into Stage 2 of reopening when the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) published the County’s Variance Attestation letter. This allows all businesses included in Stage 2 to open as soon as they have their plans in place.

“It’s a good day for El Dorado County, its residents and its economy,” said Board of Supervisors Chair, Brian Veerkamp. “We’re very happy for our business owners, their employees and patrons that we are in the front of the State’s approval line so they can reestablish their livelihood and return to some semblance of normalcy.”

Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams submitted the County’s Attestation letter and supporting documents on Saturday, May 9th demonstrating that the County meets the criteria to fully reopen the businesses and facilities listed in Stage 2. CDPH needed to post the letter online as the final step to approval for early opening, which it did this morning, as well as publishing guidelines for this full phase of Stage 2 business and facilities.

“As soon as businesses and facilities have implemented a safety plan reflecting those guidelines, they can open,” said Williams.

The businesses and industries that may open in El Dorado County immediately upon having implemented their safety plans include (links to the State guidelines):

In a press conference today, Governor Newsom said this list may be periodically expanded if the State Public Health Officer deems it to be in the interest of public health and safety.


Full Closure of U.S. Highway 50 Postponed for Echo Summit Project

A full closure of U.S. Highway 50 for the Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct Replacement Project is being postponed until after Labor Day, Caltrans announced today. Construction has not progressed such that the bridge work requiring a full closure of Highway 50 could be completed by June 15.

A full closure of Highway 50 is not permitted between June 15 and Labor Day due to high traffic volumes expected during the peak summer season in South Lake Tahoe.

This $14.1 million project is replacing the existing bridge, which was built in 1939, with a structure that meets current seismic and safety standards. Construction started in May 2019. No traffic-interfering work on the project is anticipated now until sometime in August.

Requests for passes for local residents and businesses to use Johnson Pass Road as a detour around the work site also are suspended but will be made available again once closure dates are solidified later in the summer.

For more information on the project, visit on Twitter @way2Tahoe or on Facebook/Way2Tahoe.

slt boat

Lake Tahoe Boating Restriction

As part of the state's stay at home order, no out of region boats can launch until public health orders are further relaxed. Only vessels with an intact seal, which are called "Tahoe Only" boats will be allowed on the lake.

For more information on when various marinas and launch sites will be open, consistent with state and local COVID orders, visit


Virtual VHR Town Hall

On Thursday, May 13th, I held a virtual town hall meeting to discuss Vacation Home Rentals (VHR) and current issues pertaining to neighborhood compatibility. 

We had over 200 Zoom Participants, which included eight county panelists. We discussed program updates, GIS locational options, and residential allocations as defined by TRPA.

Participants were asked to send their questions via the "chat" feature in Zoom and to also participate in a VHR Neighborhood Compatibility Feedback Survey through Survey Monkey. This survey is still open. Those who would like to participate in the survey please CLICK HERE.  For those unable to attend, you can view the presentation HERE

I will be holding a second VHR Town Hall on June 10th. Anyone wanting more information about VHRs or participating in the meeting may contact Jennifer Franich at (530) 621-7539.


El Dorado County COVID-19 Update

Update on COVID-19 in El Dorado County as of May 14, 2020.  

    --  320 new tests administered (3,724)

    -- 2 new cases, Diamond Springs/El Dorado; 1 male, 1 female; both 18-49 years old (62)

    -- No new recoveries (51)

    --11 Active Cases


South Tahoe's Annual 4th of July Fireworks Cancelled

Lake Tahoe's Annual 4th of July Fireworks show has been cancelled due to the COVID-19.

A possible Labor Day show is being considered.





EDC Gets Variance

Hwy 50 Closure Postponed

Lake Tahoe Boating Restriction

VHR Town Hall

COVID-19 Update

4th of July Fireworks Cancelled

Lake Tahoe Fun Facts

Fun Facts

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


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