Wednesday, January 13
El Dorado County was released from a regional stay-at-home order while also moving back into the most restrictive Purple Tier 1 of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
The greater Sacramento region that El Dorado is part of was removed from the stay-home order based on a four-week projection putting the region’s intensive care unit capacity at 19.1%, which is above the 15% threshold that originally triggered the order.
Moving into the Purple tier 1 allows restaurants to operate outdoors, along with places of worship and wineries, with modifications. Bars and breweries that serve food can also operate outdoors. Hair salons, barbershops and personal care services can operate indoors, but with modifications. To learn more about what Tier 1 means, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
A limited stay-home order from November 21 that created a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remains in effect until all regions in California exit the regional order. The curfew requires that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between these hours, except for activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law.
Lake Tahoe Community College’s current protocols have been within state guidance for the Purple/Widespread tier for institutions of higher education for many months. The college has been operating much more conservatively than what is allowed for in the Orange and Red tiers, and LTCC’s operations are not affected by this move.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the new stay home orders and the way they’d be calculated on December 3, tying restrictions to hospital bed availability. Supplemental orders clarifying what this means for businesses were released on Dec. 6.
Visit El Dorado County’s Health and Human Services website for the latest press releases and information about the county’s status. For information about COVID cases and deaths in El Dorado, use the county’s interactive COVID-19 dashboard.
COVID TESTING AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS:
- Make an online appointment with Logistics Health Inc.
- If you don't have Internet access, call 888-634-1123 instead
- Walk-ins may be available on a limited basis
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- Available for free to anyone aged 1 and up regardless of health, access to medical insurance, place of residence, or immigration status through March 31, 2021
- Barton Health | (530) 600-1999
- FAQ from the Chancellor's Office
- Coronavirus Awareness (Eng & Spa)
- California Department of Public Health
- News from the Governor's Office
- Donate Personal Protective Equipment to Barton (English | Spanish)
- Barton Health is establishing a Medical Corps and is seeking retired or available physicians, nurses, EMTs, and other medical professionals with clinical expertise to staff it. This Medical Corps will be called on to help Barton as it preps to treat an influx of COVID-19 patients. A PDF with more detail is available in English and Spanish, or visit Barton's Medical Corps webpage; participant questions can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- LTCC is serving the community as an active virus testing site starting Tuesday, May 5. Residents can get a free test by appointment only to determine if they have COVID-19 (antibody testing to determine prior exposure is not being offered at this time). Testing days and hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 7am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays. To register for an appointment online visit the Logistics Health Incorporated test site, or call 888-634-1123.
- LTCC is working with and taking direction from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office along with state, federal and El Dorado County health officials. We are also in close contact with Barton Health and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.
- LTCC formed a risk management team that includes administrators, facilities and maintenance personnel, human resources staff, a faculty liaison, and communications staff. This group meets regularly to formulate and implement LTCC’s responses and strategize on how to keep students and employees best informed. This group will continue meeting in a virtual environment to maintain social distancing measures.
- LTCC has purchased supplies needed to help curb the spread of the virus, including disinfectant, additional hand sanitizer stations, tissues and more.
- Maintenance staff has increased disinfectant use and cleaning efforts on campus, and is adding additional staff to meet the need.
The California Community College system coronavirus website also has great resources and updated information that is relevant to California and the state's community college system. LTCC encourages you to stay informed with the latest information on the outbreak and to continue to practice healthy hygiene habits to prevent the spread of illness. For science-based, updated information, we strongly recommend visiting the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization websites on the coronavirus.
The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Department is also monitoring the situation and updating its webpage with locally and regionally relevant information.
Johns Hopkins University has a dashboard that shows the number of confirmed cases worldwide and where they are located.
- The best thing to do to prepare for COVID-19 is to know its symptoms and how to best
prevent it. The CDC updated the list of known symptoms on Monday, April 27. They now include: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills,
repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste
- CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/coronavirus-self-checker.html
- If you have any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.
- For science-based advice on how to self-quarantine, visit the CDC's Quarantine and Isolation webpage.
- If you are experiencing these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, please call your health provider’s office or call Barton Hospital’s COVID-19 Clinical Health Line at (530) 600-1999.
- If you are sick and providing self-care at home, read the CDC's information on Caring for Yourself at Home.
- If you are taking care of someone else who is sick, read the CDC's information on Caring for Someone Who is Sick in a Non-Healthcare Setting.
Simple measures you can take right now:
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- There is a proper way to wash your hands. To ensure you're washing long enough, do it while humming the tune to "Happy Birthday"
twice to yourself. That will get you to at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as an alternative.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and other people.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then immediately throw used tissues away.
- Disinfect any frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick except to seek medical care.
- Proper hygiene techniques will go a long way toward containing the coronavirus. Self-quarantining is also key, and is by far the most effective way of keeping the coronavirus contained.
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