Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - March 26, 2021

March 26, 2021                                                                                   Edition #72

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter

COVID Vaccine

Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Information


Fill out the Public Health Screening Form before appointment if possibleYou will be required to wait 15 minutes after your vaccination. 

  • Public Health Clinic-Placerville: 931 Spring Street, Placerville 
    • Placerville will run clinics periodically
  • Public Health Clinic - South Lake Tahoe: 1360 Johnson Blvd #103, South Lake Tahoe 
    • South Lake Tahoe Clinics will run Monday, Thursday, Friday, 9am-1pm

New! (3/24/21) Moderna only

Monday, 3/29/21

Thursday, 4/1/21

Friday, 4/2/21

Monday, 4/5/21

Thursday, 4/8/21

Friday, 4/9/21

Monday, 4/12/21

Thursday, 4/15/21

Friday, 4/16/21

Thursday, 4/22/21

Friday, 4/23/21

Monday, 4/26/21

Thursday, 4/29/21

Friday, 4/30/21

RED HAWK CASINO Clinic (For El Dorado County Residents age 65+ & Phase 1A & 1B eligibility tiers)

New! (3/24/21) Pfizer only

Thursday, 4/1/21 
First Dose:

Thursday, 4/1/21  
Second dose:

Thursday, 4/8/21
Second dose:

Thursday, 4/15/21
Second dose:

Thursday, 4/22/21
Second dose:

Note that this is a "drive-through" clinic; you will remain in your vehicle throughout the process. It is also in a parking garage with a 7'4" clearance, plan accordingly. Public Health also recommends that you eat before you come

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State Expands Vaccine Eligibility to 50+ Californians Starting April 1 and All Individuals 16+ on April 15 Based on Expected Supply Increases

Governor's Press Release

Even with increased vaccine supply, vaccination of willing Californians will take several months 

State supporting trusted providers and counties for non-traditional outreach in hard-to-reach communities 

With supply of vaccines expected to significantly increase in the coming weeks, the state is expanding vaccine eligibility to more Californians. Starting April 1, individuals aged 50+ will be eligible to make an appointment, and individuals 16+ will be eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated starting on April 15.

“With vaccine supply increasing and by expanding eligibility to more Californians, the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter,” said Governor Newsom. “We remain focused on equity as we extend vaccine eligibility to those older than 50 starting April 1, and those older than 16 starting April 15. This is possible thanks to the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration and the countless public health officials across the state who have stepped up to get shots into arms.”

Based on the current estimates, California expects to be allocated approximately 2.5 million first and second doses per week in the first half of April, and more than 3 million doses in the second half of April. California currently receives about 1.8 million doses per week. These estimates may be adjusted as time goes on. The state has the capacity to administer more than 3 million vaccines per week, and is building the capacity to administer 4 million vaccines weekly by the end of April.

“We are even closer to putting this pandemic behind us with today’s announcement and with vaccine supplies expected to increase dramatically in the months ahead," said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. "However, we are not there yet. It will take time to vaccinate all eligible Californians. During this time, we must not let our guard down. It is important that we remain vigilant, continue to wear masks and follow public health guidance."

In addition to increased allocations of vaccines to providers serving the hardest hit communities, the state has embarked on a series of initiatives to vaccinate those populations that have faced the highest rates of COVID infections before vaccines become available to the entire 16+ population. These efforts include:

  • Provider funding for programs to reach and vaccinate communities facing the biggest health disparities
  • Working with organized labor to reach essential workers
  • Partnering with agricultural organizations and community-based organizations to vaccinate agricultural workers
  • Allowing providers to target by ZIP code via My Turn with single-use codes (scheduled to launch at the end of March)
  • Supporting a subset of community-based organizations currently partnering with the state on COVID-19 education to provide direct vaccination appointment assistance
  • Prioritizing currently eligible populations and allowing providers the discretion to vaccinate those who live in high-impact areas (County Healthy Places Index Quartiles 1 and 2), including families

Even with expanded vaccine supplies, it is expected to take several months for willing Californians to be vaccinated. Based on public information shared by vaccine manufacturers and the federal government, California expects to receive several million vaccine doses per week starting sometime in April.

Along with the expanded eligibility and to align with upcoming federal guidance, California will update its vaccine allocation methodology. This will transition over four weeks, beginning with the March 22 allocation (delivered to providers the following week), from one based on the distribution of the 65+ population, workers in the agriculture and food, education and child care, and emergency services sectors to one based on the distribution of the 16+ population across California. This will be done in conjunction with completion of the shift to the state directly allocating vaccines to providers. The state will continue to double the amount of vaccine allocated to the lowest Healthy Places Index (HPI) quartile as announced on March 4.

Forty percent of COVID-19 cases and deaths have occurred in the lowest quartile of the HPI, developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, which provides overall scores and data that predict life expectancy and compares community conditions that shape health across the state. The rate of infections for households making less than $40,000 per year (5.7) is 84 percent higher than that of households with an income of $120,000 or more (3.1). At the same time, California’s wealthiest populations have received 50 percent more vaccinations when compared to the rate of our most vulnerable populations. This approach recognizes that the pandemic did not affect California communities equally and that the state is committed to doing better.

EDC on the Right Path to Orange Tier


El Dorado County stays in the Red tier. We currently meet the less restrictive Orange tier criteria for all three metrics, and if we remain there for one more week we should be in Orange on 3/31! Keep doing ALL the things. It's working!


Update on COVID-19 in El Dorado County for Thursday, March 25, 2021.

  • 11 cases (9,398)
    0 in Pollock Pines/Camino/Kyburz;
    3 in EDH;
    1 Diamond Springs/El Dorado;
    1 in North County;
    1 in Greater Placerville;
    1 in Cameron Park/Shingle Springs/Rescue;
    3 South County;
    1 in Lake Tahoe region;
    (0) awaiting address confirmation (total awaiting address confirmation is 109)
  • 3 aged 0-17,
    6 aged 18-49,
    2 aged 50-64,
    0 aged 65+;
    (0) date of birth unknown (total date of birth unknown is 12)
  • 602 additional negative test results 
  • 10 assumed recoveries (9,094)
  • 2 hospitalizations/2 ICU 
  • no additional deaths (107) 

 With respect to the tier assignment measures: 

  • Adjusted case rate: 3.8
  • Positivity rate: 2.0%
  • Health equity quartile positivity rate: 2.6%

Forebay Community Park & Playground

Community Economic Development Association Pollock Pines (CEDAPP's) Plan:

The community of Pollock Pines is working together to create a historic, inclusive, multi-generational recreation area that is designed to preserve the heritage of Pollock Pines while at the same time providing a safe and healthy outdoor location for kids and adults to have fun, socialize, have family gatherings and enjoy Nature’s Wonderland. 

The plans include an 1850s town with a Native American culture center, two mountain bike trails, a walking trail and two playgrounds.  A much needed new parking lot is planned to be poured.  This will be the only inclusive playground in El Dorado County intended to give disabled youngsters and adults a great time outdoors co-mingling with everyone else.

There have been many fundraisers and multiple grants written as the community works on what it can do on its own (reducing fire fuel) while raising the money needed for this one of a kind recreation area directly across the street from serene Forebay Lake.   

When completed, its uniqueness will draw visitors and tourists and will have the side effect of boosting the economy of not only Pollock Pines but the County as well.

Visit for more info or call (530) 613-1332.

County's Response:

On Tuesday, March 23rd, the Board of Supervisors approved a Resolution which authorized the submittal of a Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018 (Prop 68) Per Capita Grant Program application to the State of California which includes the restroom replacement at Forebay Park. This is an important first step to implementing the community's long-range vision for the Forebay Park.

While there are certain processes the County must follow within government in order to realize these plans, we are looking forward to working with CEDAPP and the community. The County is eager to engage in the community planning process, which includes required CEQA (environmental) reviews that will ultimately move projects forward as funding becomes available. 

Lake Tahoe Fun Facts

Spring is here! As the days get longer and temperatures gets warmer, the Tahoe ski season is coming to an end. Here is a list of Tahoe ski resort's projected closing dates. Visit your favorite resort's website to stay updated on closing dates and possible extensions of the season. Make sure to get out and enjoy those bluebird days before it's too late.

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Updated COVID Vaccine Information

State Expands Vaccine Eligibility

EDC on the Right Path to Orange Tier

EDC COVID-19 Update

Forebay Community Park and Playground

Lake Tahoe Fun Facts


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