Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020                                                                             Edition #45

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 

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Special Board Meeting

On Thursday, July 9th, the Board of Supervisors met for a Special Meeting regarding COVID-19.  We felt the need to address the many complaints we receive regarding businesses and citizens not complying with the state and local health requirements, particularly in the South Lake Tahoe area.

The Board received an update on the status of COVID-19 cases in El Dorado County. The Board gave direction to staff to:
1) Create a Task Force for the purpose of developing a regional solution for compliance with directives issued;
2) Authorize the Director of Environmental Management to enforce Chapter 8.05 of the El Dorado County Ordinance Code after a business flagrantly refuses to comply with the Governor's Order concerning operational requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic;
3) Provide advance notice to the El Dorado County Sheriff and District Attorney if Alcoholic Beverage Control is notified of a business flagrantly refusing to comply; and
4) Continue to educate businesses regarding COVID-19 related state mandated requirements to operate, including face covering compliance.

EDC COVID-19 Update

Case update

Update on COVID-19 in El Dorado County as of Thursday, July 10, 2020.  

    --  88 new tests (13,844)

    --  15 new cases; (307) 3 EDH, 3 Placerville, 2 CP/SS/Rescue, 7 Tahoe region; 4 aged 0-17, 9 aged 18-49, 1 aged 64+

    --  6 recoveries (164)

    --  143 Active Cases

    --  No new hospitalizations, 3 fewer ICU cases (3/0)


Complaints Regarding COVID-19 Non-Compliant Businesses

Are you concerned about businesses that aren't following the statewide mandate on masks & physical distancing?

If it's the following type of business:

  • Restaurants, retail food, mobile food, temporary event food booths, cottage food operations
  • Bars
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Public Pools or spa

Call (530) 621-5300 on the West Slope or
(530) 573-3450 in South Lake Tahoe or

For any other business:

Contact the Sheriff's non-emergency line at
(530) 621-5655

Visit for COVID-19 information
@CountyElDorado on Twitter 
El DoradoCounty, CA - Government on Facebook


County Releases Graph Showing Rise of COVID-19 Cases in South Lake Tahoe Region

After a steady increase in confirmed cases over the last few weeks and an influx of visitors to the South Lake Tahoe region over the Independence Day weekend, Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams is taking a closer look at that region’s COVID-19 case rate in relation to Governor Newsom’s criteria for placing counties on a watch list which mandates they resume more restrictive measures for businesses and the public in those areas.

“Case counts in South Lake Tahoe have been disproportionately high since we started to track COVID-19 in March, having accounted for about 50 percent of the county's cases to date, but representing only 17 percent of the County's population,” Williams said.

“What is new is that on June 29th, the case rates over the prior 14-day period exceeded a 100 positive case count per 100,000 population for the first time. By Sunday, July 5, there had been so many new cases in the South Lake Tahoe region that the rate had risen to 169 per 100,000, far exceeding one of the Governor’s criteria for requiring the roll back of some of the allowances we’ve worked hard to attain,” she said when releasing a Tahoe-region specific case graph with data through July 5th.

Governor Newsom announced last month that three categories of criteria are now being applied to determine whether or when a County will be required to reinstate closures and previous restrictions on businesses and the public. These are measures of disease transmission (recent case rates and percentages of tests performed that are positive), increases in rates of severe disease (hospitalizations), and indications of limited hospital capacity (ICU bed and ventilator availability).

One of these measures is the rate of new cases across the county that occurred in the most recent 14-day period. The specific value equals the total number of new cases reported over a 14-day period, divided by the number of people living in the county and then multiplied by 100,000. As long as that value stays under 100, the State is not concerned about case counts growing too fast. However, after it exceeds 100 for three consecutive days, the State will engage with County leaders to offer assistance with addressing the increase in COVID-19 cases. If a downward trend isn’t evident quickly, the State is requiring counties where COVID-19 measures are exceeding thresholds to issue orders to reinstitute certain restrictions, according to Williams. As a county, El Dorado’s numbers for each of the measures still fall below their respective thresholds.

“However, if we were to treat the South Lake Tahoe region (which includes incorporated and unincorporated South Lake Tahoe, Tahoma,  Meyers, and several tiny nearby communities) as if it were a county, it would now be added to the State’s monitoring list and asked to curtail certain activities,” said Williams.

"By our calculations, the number had crossed the 100 threshold and cases are being reported in such great numbers that within a few days it had exceeded the threshold by 70%,” Williams said. “To remain below the threshold rate for new cases, the region can only get about 2 cases per day on average, but we’re seeing four or five times that many now.”

“Unfortunately, countywide numbers are trending upward quickly, too, and we may find ourselves being directed by the State to roll back activities throughout the County,” Williams added.

Many people, both residents and tourists, have been taking precautions, including following the masking and physical distancing mandates needed to slow the spread of the virus since the face-covering guidelines were issued by the State on June 18th. However, as evidenced over the recent holiday weekend, too many others are still taking unnecessary risks. That causes great concern in a tourism-based and tourism-dependent destination
like Lake Tahoe that counts on keeping its businesses open during the busy summer months.

“There are plenty of ways to safely enjoy all the natural beauty El Dorado County offers whether it be hiking, boating, camping, climbing, or going to the beach,” said Williams. “It’s easy: stay with members of your own household, choose take-out over dine-in meals, wear a mask where required, spend your time outdoors instead of in closed buildings where the risk of transmission is highest, stay at least six feet from others who are not
household members, and wash your hands. These are simple steps one can take no matter where they are in the Lake Tahoe region,” she added.

“By actively trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you can make the difference between Lake Tahoe being able to keep businesses open for you to enjoy and having the State require us to bring back more stringent restrictions,” Williams noted.

Click HERE to view the graph.

Lake Tahoe Fun Facts

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Today's water level is 6,227.70 feet, making the Lake more than a foot lower than last year's measurement of 6,229.03 feet at this time. With this lower lake level, the beaches are a little bigger giving us all the chance to practice social distancing while enjoying summer lake days.




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Special Board Meeting

COVID Update

Complaints Regarding Non-Compliant Businesses

Rise of COVID-19 in SLT Region

Lake Tahoe Fun Facts


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