Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020                                                                          Edition #55

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 

Echo Summit Project Update

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Construction Updates:
  • U.S. Highway 50 is back open to traffic over Echo Summit five days ahead of schedule.
Upcoming Project Plans:
  • Daytime one-way traffic control is expected the next several weeks to finish the project. Last items to complete the project include demolition work of a pier on the old bridge, building the final section of the barrier wall, and striping the bridge and approaches.
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PROJECT UPDATES: Project updates and more photos of construction for the Echo Summit Bridge replacement project can be found here!
The U.S. Highway 50 Echo Summit project replaced the existing bridge, built in 1939, with a structure that meets current safety and seismic standards. Additional project information can be found at
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Spice up Your Home!

Does the Bear Box in front of your house need some artistic expression? Want another way to support the Sierra State Parks Foundation and local Tahoe artists? Be the envy of your neighborhood and invest in our Bear Box Art Fundraiser!

A $500 donation to the Sierra State Parks Foundation will get one preferred side of your bear box painted with a fabulous image. You may work directly with the artist to get more sides or the entire bear box painted. $300 of each bear box painted will go directly to the Sierra State Parks Foundation enabling us to continue our mission of protecting our local state parks at Lake Tahoe - Donner!

We have some incredible local artists who are ready to paint your bear box! Check them out below!

To get started and get your Bear Box painted, head to our website here

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Staying Connected During Power Outages

Here are tips on how to prepare and stay connected during power outages, including PSPS events:

  • Keep your wireless phone batteries charged at all times. Have an alternative plan to recharge your battery in case of a power outage, such as using your car charger to power your device or a portable battery.
  • Have a family communication plan in place. Designate someone out of the area as a central contact and make certain that all family members know who to contact if they get separated.
  • Install a back-up battery if you use a VoIP home phone, and consider purchasing a non-cordless telephone in the event of a power outage. A mobile phone may also help you stay connected if your home phone loses power during PSPS events.
  • Confirm your device has enabled Wireless Emergency Alerts. Most smartphones and feature phones released in the last few years are capable of receiving Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), so make sure you have wireless emergency alerts turned on in your phone’s message settings.
  • Sign up for additional alerts in your county at

Stay Connected

  • Try text messaging. During an outage, text messages may go through more quickly than voice calls because they require fewer network resources.
  • Enable Wi-Fi calling. Wi-Fi calling may let you talk and text from indoor locations if the cellular network is unavailable. When calling 9-1-1, device location data from nearby Wi-Fi networks will be used to help locate you. If that data isn’t available, the emergency address you provide will be used.
  • Be prepared for high call volume. During an emergency, the increased calling volume may create network congestion, leading to “fast busy” signals on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone. If this happens, hang up, wait several seconds and then try the call again.
  • Forward your home number to your wireless number in the event of an evacuation. Because call forwarding is based out of the telephone central office, you will get incoming calls from your landline phone even if your local telephone service is disrupted at your home.
  • Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum and limit your calls to the most important ones.

More guidance is available here:

Lake Tahoe Fun Facts

The current lake level for Tahoe is 6,226.39 feet, this marks the lowest that the lake has been since 2017. The lake is down nearly two feet from it's maximum earlier this year of 6,228 feet. Built between 1909 and 1913, the Tahoe Dam helps regulate the outflow of water from Lake Tahoe.

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EDC COVID-19 Update

Update on COVID-19 in El Dorado County as of Thursday, October 1, 2020.  

    --  74 tests (29,642)

    --  8 cases; (1,158)
3 in EDH; 1 in Greater Placerville; 4 in Cameron Park/Shingle Springs/Rescue

3 aged 0-17, 3 aged 18-49, 1 aged 50-64, 1 aged 65+

    --  66 negative tests (28,484)

    --  3 assumed recoveries (1,044)

    --  no hospitalizations and no ICU (0/0)

    --  2.7% positivity rate
(based on specimen collected between Sept 18-24)

    --  no new deaths (4)

    --  Orange Tier




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Echo Summit Update

Art on Your Bear Box

Staying Connected During Power Outages

Lake Tahoe Fun Facts




All Colors, All Cancers Awareness Month

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