Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - December 11, 2020

December 11, 2020                                                                    Edition #62


El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel
Updates and Input Newsletter

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Meyers Advisory Council Meeting

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Meeting ID: 931 6499 7640
Passcode: 302141
Call: 669-900-9128
(530) 573-7905


1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish Quorum
2. Approve Agenda
3. Correspondence
4. Minutes: August 26th, 2020
5. Public Matters: Informational items and persons wishing to address the Council regarding non-agenda items
6. Agenda Items:
    A. County Bike Path Snow Removal Update
    B. Meyers Commercial Cannabis Status Update
    C. County VHR Program Update
    D. Welcome to Meyers Sign Update
    E. Meyers Crosswalks Discussion 
    F. Meyers New Businesses Update
    G. Meyers Love Program Update
    H. Meyers Economic Growth Council Concept Discussion
7. Adjourn

SLT Health and Human Services Office to Temporarily Reduce Lobby Hours

Services will continue to be accessible by drop box, phone, online and U.S. Mail

In response to the recent increased number of COVID-19 cases in the South Lake Tahoe region, the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Self Sufficiency office located at 3368 Sandy Way in South Lake Tahoe is temporarily reducing the hours that the lobby is open to the public. Beginning Monday, December 14, 2020, the lobby will be open to the public Monday - Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for persons needing to conduct business in person. 

"We're taking this step as a precaution and to help reduce potential exposure risk to the public and employees alike," said Timalynn Jaynes, HHSA Program Manager. "In addition to the limited lobby hours, our services will continue to be available to the public by phone, online portals, our drop box and U.S. mail. Employees will continue to work their regular full time work schedules and will be available for public contact by telephone." 

 The Self Sufficiency office administers the County's CalFresh, Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, General Assistance and CMSP programs for eligible residents. According to Jaynes, the office has a drop box located to the right of the building entrance that is checked at a minimum three times throughout the business day to assure workflow is not disrupted. Applications are also available at the drop box. In addition, individuals can apply for, upload verification paperwork, and check on the status of their program benefits at any time online at or

"We expect the temporarily reduced lobby hours to remain in effect for a least the next several weeks, or until case numbers are consistently down," added Jaynes. "Our goal is to ensure that everyone stays healthy and safe."

 For additional information about the Self Sufficiency programs or other programs of HHSA, please visit

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Regional Stay at Home Order

The State of California announced that the Greater Sacramento region has met the ICU availability criteria of 15 percent or less to trigger the State's Regional Stay at Home Order. Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least three weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region's projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15 percent. The State will assess the region's ICU capacity on a weekly basis after the initial three week period.

The following sectors must close all operations until further notice:

  • Amusement parks
  • Bars, breweries, distilleries, and wineries
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. arcades, batting cages, bowling alleys, and kart racing)
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Indoor playgrounds
  • Live audience sports
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Personal care services (e.g. body piercing, body waxing, estheticians, massage therapy, nail salons, and tattoo)

The following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR operations only until further notice. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face coverings, and sanitation) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:

  • Drive-in movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Recreational facilities (e.g. athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, golf courses, skate parks, etc.; onsite sales or consumption of food or beverages is prohibited)

These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:

  • All retail (maximum 20% capacity)
  • Standalone Grocery Stores (maximum 35% capacity; the sale of food or beverages for in-store consumption is prohibited)
  • Child care
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Hotels/lodging (for critical infrastructure workers or to provide housing solutions for homeless)
  • Libraries (maximum 25% capacity)
  • Medical and dental care
  • Movie production, professional sports (without live audiences)

*Restaurants may operate for takeout and delivery only. Any dine-in (indoor or outdoor) is prohibited.

For more information visit the following:

California Travel Restrictions

Regional Stay at Home Order Impact on Travel

Hotels and lodging should not accept or honor out-of-state reservations doe non-essential travel, unless:

  • The reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and the persons identified in the reservation will quarantine in the hotel
  • lodging entity until after that time period has expired

When the Regional Stay Home Order is in effect in a region, hotels and lodging can only offer accommodation for:

  • COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures
  • Treatment measures
  • Accommodation for essential workers
  • Providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.

Travel Advisory Issued 11/13/20 Remains in Effect

This means people coming to California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should:

  • Practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
  • Limit their interactions to their immediate household.

This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.

Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.

"Non-essential travel" includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

County Statement Regarding Regional Stay at Home Order

This statement can be attributed to El Dorado County Communications Director, Carla Hass, on December 9, 2020, regarding the State's Stay At Home Order for the Greater Sacramento Region:

"While it happened sooner than anticipated, the Greater Sacramento Region, of which El Dorado County is a part, dipped below the 15 percent of available staffed ICU beds which triggered the new Stay At Home Order and will become effective at 11:59 pm Thursday for a minimum of three weeks.

"We have been in close contact with our two County hospitals, Marshall Medical in Placerville and Barton Health in South Lake Tahoe, to ensure we are aware of the status of our health care provider system.

"Over the last several weeks in our County there has been a rise in positive COVID-19 cases, hospital and ICU cases admissions and the need to activate the hospitals surge plans to accommodate these patients. Our hospitals have begun using overflow areas and utilizing additional respiratory, ICU and emergency room staff, including those from the National Guard, to meet the needs of our communities. We are grateful for their unwavering support to our residents who need care.

"Even before Governor Newsom's announcement on December 3rd that Regional Stay At Home Orders would be activated when a region's staffed ICU bed availability was less than 15 percent, El Dorado County Public Health Department and its partners have been preparing for the surge in cases, need for additional testing, rollout of the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine, internal and external communications, impact on our local economies, and impact on our residents.

"One way we have prepared and continue to try to meet the needs of our County is through the activation of the Emergency Operations Center which allows for the various disciplines needed in this type of emergency, i.e., public health, emergency preparedness and response, health care providers, communications and others, to work together daily in the same physical space to plan for contingencies and execute operationally in the most efficient manner.

"Today's news from the State is something we anticipated and are prepared to address. Whatever one's personal opinion may be about the State's authority to apply industry and personal restrictions, it's indisputable that we are in a new wave of serious cases of COVID-19 and it is having an impact on our health care delivery systems.

"No matter what you choose to do in response to this Order, we urge you to do so as safely as possible so our communities can remain as healthy as possible. Personal responsibility is more important than ever, and it will be up to each of us individually to make the choices that will help us collectively come through this wave.

Update on COVID-19 in El Dorado County for Friday, December 11, 2020.
   -- 126 cases (3,754)
17 in Pollock Pines/Camino/Kyburz; 14 in EDH; 2 Diamond Springs/El Dorado; 6 in North County; 31 in Greater Placerville; 22 in Cameron Park/Shingle Springs/Rescue; (-1) South County; 23 in Lake Tahoe region; (12) awaiting address confirmation (total awaiting address confirmation is 105)
   -- 25 age 0-17, 56 age 18-49, 29 age 50-64, 16 age 65+
   -- (868) additional negative test results 

   -- 89 assumed recoveries (2,238)

   -- 25 hospitalizations/14 ICU

   -- 12.9%  positivity

   -- no deaths (8)  

With respect to the tier assignment measures:
  • Adjusted case rate: 41.5
  • Positivity rate: 13.1%
  • Health equity quartile positivity rate: 13.5%

EDC Sheriff's Office Reactivates Emergency Operations Center to Handle Increased COVID-19

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office today announced the reactivation of the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases and its impact on County hospitals. It includes personnel from the Sheriff's Office, County Public Health department and the County's Chief Administrative Office.

"It's clear from the substantial increase of positive cases, the more serious impact on our County's hospital and Intensive Care Units and the trickle-down effect to our overall health care system and community wellbeing that it's time to provide as many resources as possible to address this public health emergency," said Sheriff John D'Agostini.

The EOC originally opened to address the pandemic in March and closed in June as the impact of the virus was less severe. Since the closure, the County's Public Health department has managed the County's response.

"Our Public Health employees have done a very good job responding to this unprecedented and frequently changing public health landscape, but we have limited resources to successfully address what many are calling the most serious time in the pandemic as we move into the holiday season and winter," said the County's Chief Administrative Officer, Don Ashton. "We're grateful for the added expertise and resources the EOC brings to an incident like this," he added.

The EOC brings together in one location staff to lead the planning, operations, logistics, technical and public information aspects of an emergency in a structure that ensures the most pressing needs are met, and that limited resources are used without duplication or waste.

"Our community needs to do all it can to keep our County safe, open and as normal as possible in the face of this virus, especially as we see some segments of our health care and economy really struggling and expect more to come," said D'Agostini. "The Sheriff's Office unequivocally supports the message that individual responsibility is the key to keeping this virus under control and activating the EOC will help our community stay safe. The Sheriff's Office will continue to focus on education rather than enforcement," he added.

Lake Tahoe Fun Facts

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An avalanche can accelerate to a speed of 80 mph in just the first 5 seconds of travel. The backcountry has seen increased usage over the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join a coalition of avalanche safety and winter backcountry organizations for the first ever Tahoe Backcountry Awareness Week December 14-18th to learn how you can stay safe.


CDPH COVID-19 Community Vaccine Advisory Committee

The Community Vaccine Advisory Committee is providing input and feedback to the planning efforts and resolving barriers to equitable vaccine implementation and decision-making. The meetings of the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee will be conducted virtually and open to the public in a listen-only mode. All meetings will be noticed on the CDPH website in advance and summaries of the committee’s meetings will also be posted.


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  • Monday, Dec 21, 2020
  • Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021
  • Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021
  • Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021
  • Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021





Meyers Advisory Council Meeting

SLT HHSA office to Reduce Lobby Hours


Regional Stay at Home Order

CA Travel Restrictions

County Statement Regarding Stay at home Order

COVID Update

Sheriff Reactivates Emergency Operations Center for COVID-19

CDPH COVID-19 Community Vaccine Advisory Committee


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