Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021                                                                              Edition #83

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter

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Town Hall Scheduled Regarding Turn Restriction Pilot Project in SLT

El Dorado County Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold a virtual town hall meeting Thursday, July 15, 2021 to discuss a pilot project initiated over the Memorial Day weekend to reduce the historical traffic congestion caused by holiday traffic exiting the Tahoe Basin.

The town hall meeting will take place at 6 p.m. via Zoom. To participate, visit and enter the following ID 951 6742 5157.

The project included installing turn restriction signage prohibiting right-hand turns from North Upper Truckee Road to Westbound U.S. Highway 50, and from Sawmill Road to Westbound U.S Highway 50 on Sundays and holidays. It is set to terminate on October 31, 2021.

DOT took turn movement counts before, during and after the Sunday and Monday of the Memorial Day holiday. That information will be shared at the town hall.

COVID Vaccine Clinics

South Lake Tahoe
El Dorado County - Public Health 
1360 Johnson Blvd., #103


Moderna 1st or 2nd Dose
Monday 9am - 4pm 
Thursday - Friday 9am - 4pm



Pfizer 1st or 2nd Dose
Thursday, June 17 & 24
9am - 4pm 

Walk-ins welcome or make an appointment at:


Below is the case update for Friday, June 11, 2021:

  • 3 cases (10,339)
    (-1) in Pollock Pines/Camino/Kyburz;
    (-2) in EDH;
    0 Diamond Springs/El Dorado;
    0 in North County;
    0 in Greater Placerville;
    2 in Cameron Park/Shingle Springs/Rescue;
    0 South County;
    3 in Lake Tahoe region;
    (1) awaiting address confirmation (total awaiting address confirmation is 79)
  • 1 aged 0-17,
    0 aged 18-49,
    1 aged 50-64,
    1 aged 65+;
    (0) date of birth unknown (total date of birth unknown is 12)
  • 954 additional negative test results
  • 0 assumed recoveries (10,097)
  • 2 hospitalizations/0 ICU
  • one additional death (116)
    65+, M, Greater Placerville

With respect to the tier assignment measures:

  • Adjusted case rate: 1.3
  • Positivity rate: 1.0%
  • Health equity quartile positivity rate: 0.5%

Vaccine measures (based on population of 193,098):

  • Cumulative fully vaccinated: 80,040 (41.5%)
  • Cumulative with at least one dose: 94,165 (48.8%)

Lake Tahoe Fun Facts

A 3 acre fire dubbed the Meeks Fire broke out yesterday on the West Shore. U.S. Forest Service crews and Meeks Bay firefighters responded to the fire, stopping forward progress by 5:00pm. Thank you to all those that responded. With the region in a severe drought, please be mindful of fire danger and be prepared for evacuations.

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Guidance for the Use of Masks

Note: This guidance is effective June 15, 2021 and supersedes all prior face coverings guidance.


The COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing infection, disease, and spread. Unvaccinated persons are more likely to get infected and spread the virus which is transmitted through the air and concentrates indoors. About 15% of our population remains without the option for vaccination (children under 12 years old are not yet eligible) and risk
for COVID-19 exposure and infection will remain until we reach full community immunity.

The purpose of this guidance is to align with CDC recommendations and provide information about higher risk settings where masks are required or recommended to prevent transmission to persons with higher risk of infection (e.g., unvaccinated or immunocompromised persons), to persons with prolonged, cumulative exposures (e.g., workers), or to persons whose vaccination status is unknown. When people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask correctly, they protect others as well as themselves. Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors.

In workplaces, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the CalOSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standard, and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.

Guidance for Individuals

Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

Additionally, masks are required* for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public)

For additional information, individuals should refer to CDC Recommendations for Safer Activities (see CDPH Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information).

*Guidance for Businesses, Venue Operators or Hosts

In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:

  • Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
  • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
  • Require all patrons to wear masks.

No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

Exemptions to Masks Requirements

The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:

  • Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise
    unable to remove a mask without assistance.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety

(1) CDC Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs
(2) CDC Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention
(3) CDC Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19
(4) CDC Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination
(5) CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes
(6) CDC Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities
(7) CDC Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
(8) CDC Interim Guidance for General Population Disaster Shelters During the COVID-19 Pandemic
(9) CDC Interim guidance to reduce the risk of introducing and transmitting SARS COV-2 in cooling centers.


El Dorado County Housing Plan Released for Public Review

El Dorado County’s housing plan is available for public comment and has been submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review. The “2021-2021 Housing Element Update” is the County’s plan for addressing the housing needs of residents of all income levels in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The Public Review Draft of the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update is available on the County Long Range Planning web site.

The major updates and required changes are centered on the revised housing allocations based on the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, an update of the inventory using the General Plan land use designations, addressing Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in accordance with state law and a review of the success in meeting the goals and objectives of the previously adopted element.

The Planning and Building Department will accept public comments through July 8, 2021 which will be incorporated into the final draft document for Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors review. The Housing Element is tentatively scheduled for approval by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in August 2021. 

Public comment may be submitted in writing by email to or by mail to C.J. Freeland, Planning and Building Department, 2850 Fairlane Court, Bldg. C, Placerville CA 95667.

A public workshop is scheduled as a joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission on Monday, July 19, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.  Instructions on how to join the meeting and participate will be published in the meeting agenda.

More information about the Housing Element of the County General Plan is available at Long Range Planning web site. For Additional information, call (530) 621-5759.

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~Town Hall Regarding Turn Restriction Pilot Project

~Covid Vaccine Clinics

~EDC COVID-19 Update

~Lake Tahoe Fun Facts

~Guidance for the Use of Masks

~Housing Plan Released for Public Review



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