Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020                                                                                  Edition #38

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 

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Strawberry Speed Limit Increase

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) conducted an Engineering and Traffic Survey on Highway 50 in and around the town of Strawberry.

The survey found that the 85th percentile speed averaged 10 to 16 MPH faster than the existing speed limit of 45 MPH. This 45 MPH speed zone could be a potential Speed Trap per California Vehicle Code (CVC) 40802. This can make proper enforcement of the 45 MPH zone difficult for CHP to enforce and hold up in court. The Caltrans report also takes into account the collision data which is lower than the statewide average. Therefore, Caltrans is proposing to raise the speed limit to the maximum speed limit of 55 MPH (CVC 22349).

I have requested, and Caltrans has approved, that the comment period be extended to June 5, 2020. If you have concerns about Caltrans proposal, please send your written comment to Darryl Brown at the address below by June 5th. Comments will then be forwarded to Caltrans.

Darryl Brown
Traffic Superintendent
County of El Dorado
Department of Transportation
Maintenance & Operations
2441 Headington Road
Placerville, CA  95667
Office: (530)-642-4919
Fax: (530)-642-9238
COVID update

El Dorado County COVID-19 Update

Update on COVID-19 in El Dorado County as of May 21, 2020.  

    --  81 new tests administered (4,879)

    --  No new cases (67)

    --  Two new recoveries (55)

    --  12 Active Cases

Contact tracing

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Fact Sheet

El Dorado County Public Health uses a proven public health tool called contact tracing to help slow and contain the spread of infectious diseases. We are using contact tracing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in El Dorado County.

Contact tracing is a method used to find and follow up with people who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (called a case). People who were around the case, potentially exposed to COVID-19, are called contacts. By tracing the contacts of COVID-19 cases, getting them into quarantine, and when necessary, testing them for infection, we can slow the spread of coronavirus.

• In contact tracing, public health staff works with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious.

• To protect patient privacy, contacts are only informed that they may have been exposed to a patient with the infection. They are not told the identity of the patient who may have exposed them.

• Contacts are provided with education, information, and support to understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, monitor themselves for illness, and the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill.

• Contact tracing, a core disease control measure employed by local and state health department personnel for decades, is a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.

• Identifying contacts in a timely manner to ensure they do not interact with others is critical to protect communities from further spread.

• El Dorado County anticipates being able to handle contact tracing efforts both at present and in the long term solely with public health staff.

• El Dorado County appreciates the support of the community as they offer to assist with contact tracing, however; we are not seeking volunteers to be trained in contact tracing at this time.


Second Virtual VHR Town Hall

The second VHR Town Hall is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 4:00 - 6:00. This meeting we will be discussing feedback from the first Town Hall, which is now available to watch here, and going over the results of the Survey Monkey.

Information on how to log in/call in for this meeting will be available in the next newsletter.

Hope you can make it.

Filing Deadline Extended for Business Property Statements

This statement can be attributed to Karl Weiland, El Dorado County Assessor:

"On May 6th, Governor Newsom extended the deadline for filing business property statements from May 7th, to May 31st, 2020. Consequently, the El Dorado County Online Business Property Filing (OBPF) site will be available and no penalty will be applied to any Property Statement, filed either online or manually, between May 7th and May 31st. Because the 31st is a Sunday, the deadline is further extended by statute to June 1st.

Please contact the business section of the Assessor's Office at (530) 621-5716 or by email at if you have any questions or need assistance with filing.


Strawberry Speed Limit

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Contact Tracing

VHR Town Hall

Deadline Extended for Business Property Statements

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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