Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020                                                                                       Edition #40

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 


Virtual VHR Town Hall

The second VHR Town Hall is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. At 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.

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Public Health Officer Clarifies Process for Re-Opening Additional Business

 The following statement can be attributed to El Dorado County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams regarding the reopening of various sectors of industry in El Dorado County:

"The Board of Supervisors expressed its support for my plan to expand permission to resume activities as specified in my Stage 2 attestation to apply to all industry sectors as soon as the State issues those industries' specific guidelines, even if they originally fell into a later stage.  

"Last week, the Governor indicated that approval from local public health officers is necessary for any business to reopen in addition to the State's release of specific industry guidelines. This caused confusion among public health officers, elected officials and the general public.

"My direction expressed to and supported by the Board today is simple and clear: as soon as the State issues guidelines for a particular sector, those businesses may reopen as long as they have implemented a safety plan which reflects those guidelines. There is no additional approval needed from the County's Public Health department or me specifically.

"I cannot stress enough, however, that if a business reopens before the State-issued guidelines have been posted, it is doing so in violation of the State's Stay At Home order.

"I sincerely hope this clarifies the confusion about the conditions under which a business may open."


Help Stop the Spread

As EDC moves closer to opening up more broadly, it's important to consider wearing a face covering when out in public if you can't maintain at a least 6 foot distance from non-household members. It's not required, but strongly recommended because it helps stop the spread of

EDC, Partners Send Letter to Governor Requesting Modification for Tourism Travel, Outdoor Recreation Guidelines

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, Public Health Officer, CEOs of Marshall Medical Center and Barton Health and the mayors of Placerville and South Lake Tahoe sent a joint letter to Governor Newsom requesting modifications in the State’s Stay At Home order to relax travel restrictions and allow for additional recreation activities.

“El Dorado County residents have made significant sacrifices to ensure the level of COVID-19 remains low,”
said Board Chair Brian Veerkamp. “Coupled with the fact that a preponderance of businesses throughout the
County is reliant upon tourism, we believe it is both possible and important that we be able to open more
widely in a safe, reasonable manner.”

Many businesses have already developed safety plans which will mitigate the transmission of the virus and
are awaiting guidelines to finalize them and be in a position to safely reopen.

The letter specifically requests the California Department of Public Health convene a work group with heavily tourism-focused Counties to develop guidelines that allow a reasonable amount of recreational travel; relax the Stay At Home order to allow low-risk recreation areas and campgrounds including backpacking, camping and commercial white water rafting; amend the lodging and hotels guideline to remove restrictions on nonessential use of lodging in preparation for relaxation of the nonessential travel ban; and release a timeline for the issuance of future guidelines.


El Dorado County COVID-19 Update

Update on COVID-19 in El Dorado County as of June 4, 2020.  

    --  179 new tests administered (6706)

    --  Four new cases; 3 Lake Tahoe, 1 EDH; 2 male, 2 female; 3 aged 18-49, 1 aged 50-64 (102)

    --  No recoveries (68)

    --  34 Active Cases

    --  Still 1 ICU

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VHR Town Hall

PHO Clarifies Process for Re-Opening Business

Help Stop the Spread

Letter sent to Governor for Tourism Travel, Outdoor Recreation

COVID-19 Update


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Lake Tahoe Fun Facts

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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


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