Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020                                                                                 Edition #46

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 


Avoid Coronavirus Scams

from the Federal Trade Commission

Learn how to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. Legitimate tracers need health information, not money or personal financial information.

Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. Here’s what you need to know.

Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work.

Be wary of ads for test kits. Most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.

Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.

Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like and to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.

Do your homework when it comes to donations
Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.

EDC COVID-19 Update


Update on COVID-19 in El Dorado County as of Thursday, July 16, 2020.  

    --  300 new tests (13,844)

    --  18 new cases; (381)
4 EDH, 2 Placerville, 3 CP/SS/Rescue, 9 Lake Tahoe;
2 aged 0-17, 15 aged 18-49, 1 aged 50-64; 

    --  8 recoveries (210)

    --  171 Active Cases

    --  Hospitalizations/ICU cases (2/2)


America’s Most Beautiful Tour de Tahoe Postponed to 2021

The combined 29th Annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, that was postponed to merge with the 18th Annual Tour de Tahoe, scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2020 has been postponed to their traditional dates in 2021. This due to COVID-19 restrictions and setbacks with reopening phases governed by local, county and state health agencies. 

Bike the West continued to monitor reopening phases and have developed rules of the road and rules of the ride for all participants to comply with all COVID-19 protocol restrictions, but it appears that mass participation sports events or gatherings of 50 or more persons will be the last in Phase 4 and in the order of reopening by state, county and local health agencies.

“After nearly 30 years of producing our Lake Tahoe bicycling events, it is disappointing for Bike the West as well as for the thousands of loyal participants that traditionally attend.” Stated Curtis Fong, event director.  “This includes both The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training and the National Psoriasis Foundation’s National Fundraising Team, that depend on raising funds for their organization”. “We feel this is the responsible and right decision to make for the health, safety and welfare of all participants, our volunteers and the local community’s surrounding Lake Tahoe,” he added.  

“As a health based organization that serves a community of immunocompromised patients, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society supports Bike the West’s postponement decision and taking proactive action to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Amy Moore, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Director of Event Strategy. “We are thankful for more than two decades of valued partnership with Curtis Fong and Bike the West. LLS and our Team In Training teammates look forward to returning to America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in 2021, and adding to the more than $105 million raised to support LLS’s investment in groundbreaking research to advance blood cancer cures, and its first-in-class patient education and services, including financial support and clinical trial navigation.” 

“The National Psoriasis Foundation understands the difficult decision that Bike the West has had to make to postpone Tour de Tahoe, but the safety of their employees, volunteers and the participants has to be a priority.  We look forward to bringing a team back to the event in 2021.” Stated Kris Brockmier, Director of Field Operations for the National Psoriasis Foundation. 

“The health and safety of our guests remains top priority, and while we are saddened that this year’s events have been postponed, we look forward to hosting participants in 2021,” said Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe General Manager Joelle Shearin. “Whether participating in a group ride, or visiting as an individual, Tahoe is lovely year round and we look forward to continuing to welcome the cycling community.” 

Individuals who still plan to head to Tahoe in absence of this year’s event are welcome to keep their booking at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The resort will honor the special room rates offered to Tour de Tahoe guests. The resort will also assist those who prefer to cancel or rebook their rooms for 2021. For any questions or changes to current reservations, please email or call 775-589-7666. 

The 29th America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride is scheduled Sunday, June 6, 2021 and the 18th Tour de Tahoe is scheduled for Sunday, September 12, 2021.  Both events traditionally provide over $5 million in economic benefits to Lake Tahoe communities and over $35,000 in donations to many local non-profit organizations. 

All preregistered participant registration fees will be transferred to ride both events next year, offering a two for one value as refunds are not possible. “We hope that our loyal riders will understand that we will not be able to refund registration fees and encourage all registered riders to take advantage of riding both events for their one event registration fee”, stated Fong.

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Lake Tahoe Fun Facts

Fun Facts

Historical data shows that Lake Tahoe's average surface water temperature in July is 64.9ºF. Today, the lake is 64.1º, coming in just below that average. Tahoe’s famed clarity allows us to look deep. But be cautious, 18 inches below the surface maintains an average summer temperature of about 53º.

Tahoe Prosperity Center

The Lake Tahoe basin is feeling the effects of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Tahoe Prosperity Center has  up-to-date information and resources to help you as local residents, non-profits, employees, and businesses.

Sample the Sierra Moves Online for 2020 Event

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Farm-to-fork food and wine festival to feature regional chefs, wineries through virtual demos, tastings

The Sample the Sierra farm-to-fork festival in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., is going digital for the 11th annual event, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (

On the Sample the Sierra website, Facebook and  Instagram, the festival will present a variety of food-related entertainment typically found at the event, including cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, musical performances, giveaways, and shopping. Virtual events will occur throughout August and September with a more detailed schedule to be announced.

Sample the Sierra will continue to support the bounty and heritage of the area with the Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Week, Sept. 10-20. Special menus curated for the ten-day event will be available for take-out and outdoor dining throughout the region. In keeping with the theme of the festival, participating restaurants will create a dish with a local ingredient provided by regional producers, and pair their dishes with a complementary beverage, including beer, wine, or distilled spirits.

On Sept. 12, the original date of the event, Sample the Sierra will stream a live Sierra Chef Challenge featuring local talent working with mystery ingredients to earn the coveted title, currently held by Chef Dean Hiatt of Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q in El Dorado, Calif. The event will be accessible with a small fee, with a portion of proceeds going directly to the South Tahoe Restaurant Association to support businesses impacted by the pandemic.

“While we can’t be together to celebrate the Sierra Nevada and all of its delicious food and drink, the virtual format of this festival will help highlight and support the local businesses we love so much,” said Emily Abernathy, director of operations at the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce (Tahoe Chamber).

Restaurants, wineries/breweries/distilleries, producers/farmers, and artists/artisans are encouraged to sign up to participate by Aug. 14 to be included in online events, including Elevate Your Palate Restaurant Week:

Sample the Sierra is produced by the Tahoe Chamber in partnership with El Dorado County, the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, and the City of South Lake Tahoe. The event is supported by ADVANCE and the Tahoe Culinary Academy, as well South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts and Bentley Heritage Estate Distillery.

Additional information about Sample the Sierra can be found at

For media inquiries:

Annie Handrick,
Shannon Graves,




stay safe


Avoid Scams

COVID-19 Update

AMBBR Tour de Tahoe Postponed

Tahoe Fun Facts

Tahoe Prosperity Center

Sample the Sierra Moves Online


TPC COVID-19 Resource

Click HERE for Tahoe Prosperity Center's resources for El Dorado County

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