Coronavirus Communications Archive
PAST CORONAVIRUS NEWS AND UPDATES FROM LTCC:
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/.
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.
Due to limited intensive care unit bed availability at regional hospitals and a four-week projection showing increased coronavirus spread, the greater Sacramento region is remaining under the governor’s stay-at-home order.
The state of California considers El Dorado County part of the greater Sacramento region, and it joined 12 other counties that were put under stay-at-home orders on December 10 for a minimum of three weeks. Once a region’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%, the order can be lifted. The greater Sacramento region is still below 15% staffed ICU bed availability. This percentage is what the state uses to determine if more restrictions are needed due to a lack of available hospital beds for COVID patients.
If ICU bed availability does not improve to above 15% for the region, the order will continue to be renewed until bed availability improves enough to meet COVID patient demand.
El Dorado County and the greater Sacramento region is under a more restrictive Stay At Home Order at least through the end of December. The move is due to regional availability of staffed hospital ICU beds falling below 15% - the percentage the state uses to determine if more restrictions are needed due to a lack of available hospital beds for COVID patients.
The county will remain in this category for a minimum of three weeks. If ICU bed availability does not improve to above 15%, the order will be renewed for another three weeks, and so on until hospital bed availability improves enough to meet the COVID patient demand. Currently, El Dorado is at 13.3%. It remains in Purple Tier 1.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the new Stay At Home orders on Dec. 3, tying restrictions to hospital bed availability. Supplemental orders clarifying what this means for restaurants and other businesses were released on Dec. 6. These restrictions mostly affect outdoor recreational facilities, retail stores, shopping centers, hotels and lodging, and restaurants.
California issued a Limited Stay at Home order for counties in Tier 1 Purple/Widespread starting Nov. 21. Curfew hours are 10 p.m.-5 a.m. 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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans against traveling for the holidays. The CDC states that the safest way to celebrate is to limit your exposure only to people living in your household.
California also issued new mask wearing guidance, requiring everyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask or face covering when outside their own home. Visit the state’s COVID-19 website for more information about the new mask requirements.
California released new COVID-19 tier assignments, moving El Dorado County into Tier 1 Purple/Widespread starting Tuesday, November 17 at noon. The move comes as the state experiences the worst surge in positive cases since the coronavirus pandemic started. The move to Purple affects indoor dining, places of worship, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, bowling alleys and museums, and bars, pubs, and wineries.
Information about tiers and how they affect businesses and schools is on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy website.
The California Department of Public Health issued a travel advisory for non-essential travel due to a spike in COVID-19 cases statewide. People arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival and limit interactions to immediate household members only. Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Read the CDPH Non-Essential Travel Advisory for details.
El Dorado County will soon hear back on a state decision about whether the county can remain in the Orange/Moderate tier or move to a more restrictive Red/Substantial tier based on positive COVID-19 cases.
County health staff took steps to have the state of California adjudicate the matter, allowing El Dorado to temporarily remain in the Orange tier until a final determination is made. County Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams has indicated that El Dorado is likely to move to the Red tier on Tuesday, Nov. 17 when a determination from the state is expected. Furthermore, local positive case trends suggest that another move up to the even more restrictive Purple/Widespread tier is possible in the near future based on current positive case trends.
If or when El Dorado moves to the Red tier, the primary impact would be on restaurants, bars, wineries, and churches. These establishments would have to reduce indoor capacity from 50 percent to 25 percent. Hair salons, barber shops and personal services may remain open indoors with modifications.
LTCC’s current protocols are within state guidance for the Purple/Widespread tier for institutions of higher education. The college has been operating much more conservatively than what is allowed for in the Orange tier. For the immediate future, whether El Dorado County moves to Red or subsequently to Purple, LTCC’s operations will not be affected.
For information about El Dorado’s tier status, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
Thanks to fewer positive cases of COVID-19, El Dorado County has moved from the more restrictive Red tier to the Orange tier effective immediately. Case rates in El Dorado fell to a level that allowed the move to a less restrictive closure tier. The move potentially allows many businesses to reopen that have been closed since March 2020.
County public health officials are urging residents to continue doing all of the things that led to a drop in COVID-19 cases: maintaining social distances of at least 6 feet, minimizing contact with non-household members, washing hands frequently and effectively, and wearing face masks fully over the nose and mouth while in public to reduce the spread of the virus.
For information about El Dorado’s tier status, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
The California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA has issued new, temporary guidelines and considerations intended to help institutions of higher education and their communities plan and prepare to resume in-person instruction. This guidance is interim, and is based on the best available public health data at this time, international best practices currently employed, and the practical realities of managing operations; as new data and practices emerge, the guidance will be updated.
As A Reminder: LTCC has established On-Campus Work Protocols that must be followed by any and all essential employees currently working on campus. These protocols are meant to keep employees who must work on campus during the pandemic as safe as possible.
California is putting additional focus on protecting essential workers who are at greater risk of COVID-19 exposure. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently acknowledged that essential workers, who are disproportionately represented by the Latinx community, are the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic currently. Newsom announced new safeguards to provide better protection for these workers.
El Dorado County launched a new, bilingual, interactive dashboard that provides a more comprehensive look and additional data points to show how the COVID-19 virus is impacting our immediate area. El Dorado's new county COVID dashboard is updated daily.
LTCC will continue operating as a testing site for the active virus through August 2020. Any county resident may get a free test at LTCC’s Physical Education building regardless of their immigration or medical insurance status. You must make an appointment to get a test. To register for an appointment online, visit the Logistics Health Incorporated test site, or call 888-634-1123 if you do not have Internet access. Patients who test positive will be contacted by telephone by a nurse. Testing days and hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 7am-12pm and 1pm-7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays.
All Californians are now required to wear face coverings in high-risk public settings as the state reopens in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order regarding face masks on Thursday, June 18. The order follows new guidance from California’s Department of Public Health based on the ability of asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people to spread the disease.
El Dorado County is one of two counties in California to get the go-ahead from Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen certain businesses, including dine-in restaurants and retail stores. The Stage 2 reopening requires businesses to have plans in place, including physical distancing, to protect the public and employees from COVID-19. Businesses that can reopen with some constraints in place include restaurants, laundromats and dry cleaners, auto repair shops, pet grooming salons, and office-based workplaces that cannot provide for remote work for their employees.
A press release with full detail is available on El Dorado County’s website.
As of midday on May 12, El Dorado had tested 3,324 people with 60 confirmed cases. Twenty of those are in the Lake Tahoe region. For updates on COVID-19 cases, visit the county’s Health & Human Services webpage.
LTCC will help greatly increase coronavirus testing in California by serving as an appointment-only testing site center starting Tuesday, May 5. The Physical Education Building on campus will be used as one of two COVID-19 test sites in El Dorado County. This follows Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community COVID-19 testing sites, allowing the state to go from approximately 16,000 tests per day to upwards of 80,000.
LTCC will operate as a testing site for a minimum of two months, with a capacity of 132 tests per day. To register for an appointment online, visit the Logistics Health Incorporated test site, or call 888-634-1123. Test results take 48-72 hours. Patients who test positively will be contacted by telephone by a nurse.
Testing days and hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 7am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Please read LTCC's full press release about its testing center capabilities and safety protocols for more information.
El Dorado County's stay-at-home directive expired on April 30. However, nothing has materially changed: California Governor Gavin Newsom's Stay-At-Home order is still in place. All state residents are to continue to follow the governor’s order, which supersedes county directives.
- Non-essential businesses that have been closed from March 19-April 30 are to remain closed.
- Non-essential activities residents haven’t been allowed to participate in from March 19-April 30 are still prohibited.
- Non-essential travel bans that were in place on April 30 remain in place.
Please read the county's FAQs about sheltering in place for more information.
El Dorado County has extended its shelter-in-place directive until Thursday, April 30. Residents are asked to stay in their residences during this time except for “essential activities.”
As of Tuesday evening March 31, there were 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county with approximately 100 test results still pending. Additional tests from Barton Health continue to be sent to the county. Cases have now been identified around the lake, including in South Lake Tahoe. The latest updates from the county are posted to the county Health and Human Services website.
Any residents of South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Stateline, Zephyr Cove, Incline Village, Glenbrook, and other communities around the lake who are showing symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or unusual muscle aches should call Barton’s Health Line at (530) 600-1999.
El Dorado County announced 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including in-community cases. The virus is present on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore and in South Lake Tahoe. Help to flatten the curve! Please:
- Continue to follow state and county directives about sheltering in place. You should only leave your residence for essential needs.
- Maintain social distancing measures when shopping for essentials or out walking. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others at all times.
- Continue good hygiene practices. Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water, use tissues that you throw immediately away for coughs and sneezes, avoid sick people, and keep your hands off your face.
TRANSITION TO ONLINE
Transition to a virtual environment begins Monday, March 23.
Most classes will move to the online Canvas portal over Spring Break.
Spring quarter begins Monday April 6, when the majority of classes will be offered through Canvas.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT TO STAFF: The Plan Ahead - Update 3/15/2020
MESSAGE TO STUDENTS: Update 3/15/2020
Majority of classes are still in session, with the following exceptions:
Non-Credit PE courses: All non-credit Physical Education courses are canceled effective immediately.
FITNESS EDUCATION CENTER & G3
FEC and G3 are closed effective immediately.
- If your class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, your final will be on Wednesday March 18.
- If your class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, your final will be on Thursday March 19.
- If your class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, your final will be on Friday March 20.
- If your class only meets once per week, it is likely your exam will take place during Finals Week, which is Tues. – Fri. March 24-27. If this changes, your instructor will notify you.
- If you have a final project due, these can be turned in during Finals Week. Instructors will notify students should this change.
- Instructors are being asked to consider offering online, take-home and emailed final exams. If this is being employed in your class, your instructor will notify you.
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS INFORMATION COULD CHANGE. CONTACT YOUR INSTRUCTORS FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION*
El Dorado County reports no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county at this time. However, there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region and in neighboring counties.
Therefore, today the El Dorado County decided to officially declare a public health emergency, which ensures that resources and funding are available to the County in its response to COVID-19. The declaration also allows the County to provide or receive aid from other jurisdictions.
LTCC has restricted all non-essential travel for staff, faculty, and administration.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
As has been previously shared, the college is committed to helping mitigate the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to take measures to keep staff and students safe. With that goal in mind, effective immediately LTCC is canceling all community events and outside group meetings on campus to help reduce the chance of exposure and spread. Furthermore, LTCC is canceling all non-essential travel for employees. These are measures designed to reduce (not eliminate) the risk of exponential community spread of COVID-19. These measures will be in effect until further notice.
This decision was informed by Governor Newsom's announcement that public events and gatherings should be postponed or canceled statewide for the foreseeable future.
Beginning Thursday March 12, LTCC will use the following guidelines regarding on-campus events:
- All events expected to draw 15 community members or more are canceled or postponed. If a large meeting or event can be moved to an online platform, then it may still occur but without an in-person audience for it.
- Group visits of more than 15 people are canceled or postponed. This includes orientation tours and other events. Tours may continue but only with groups of 15 or less and with social distancing measures in place.
- All meetings and events scheduled by outside entities and organizations to be held on LTCC’s campus are canceled or postponed. LTCC is closed to outside group meetings or events.
- Student-only or student/staff events hosted by LTCC can still be held if expected attendees are less than 50 individuals, but social distancing measures will be put in effect to reduce the potential for virus spread. This means utilizing measures such as maintaining a recommended six-foot distance between students to minimize contact and spread. It also means having hand sanitizer, tissues and other products readily available. LTCC organizers will work closely with catering services to ensure sanitary practices.
- During this time, LTCC will not hold student club food fundraisers due to increased likelihood for spread of germs.
Beginning Thursday March 12, LTCC will use the following guidelines regarding non-essential travel:
- LTCC employees will not participate in non-essential, college-sponsored travel.
- This includes travel for conference purposes. Many California Community College conferences scheduled for spring have already been canceled or are in the process of being canceled in light of the Governor's announcement limiting all gatherings that involve 250 people or greater.
- Essential travel is defined as something that is required for ongoing operations including delivery of materials for LTCC's Incarcerated Student Program, participating in required meetings to receive district funding, and required involvement to maintain grant eligibility. For a simple reference, most travel is non-essential and only very limited travel can be deemed essential with the approval of Vice President Russi Egan, Vice President Dr. Michelle Risdon, or President Jeff DeFranco.
This decision to cancel or postpone community events, outside meetings on campus, and freezing non-essential travel was made out of an abundance of caution for students, staff, faculty, and for community members who utilize our campus. It is a precautionary measure meant to help slow the spread of the virus. The college is being guided in these decisions by both the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the California Department of Public Health and its guidelines for colleges and universities for COVID-19 containment. While we don’t believe we can fully stop the spread of the virus, it is our hope to be part of a community and statewide effort to help slow down the spread of the virus and Flatten the Coronavirus Curve. The graph below explains the intent of these efforts to help reduce the curve in an effort to assist our health care system in being better prepared for responding to the virus.
LTCC is conducting an ongoing review of all event and travel policies as new information about the virus comes in. Any updates will be communicated via internal emails to staff and faculty, direct-to-student emails, the college’s website, and via social media accounts and the Coyote Corner app (download for free here).
At this time, these restrictions are in effect until further notice. No changes to these policies are expected to be reviewed prior to the end of the winter quarter ending Friday March 27. Standby for future communications as additional decisions and changes in practices are likely forthcoming.
Thank you for staying informed and doing your part to help limit the spread of this virus.
Sending virtual high fives your way. Thank you.
With the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to spread as more cases are identified in California, Lake Tahoe Community College is taking the preventive measure of suspending all class field trips, program trips, and student club travel outside of the college service area for the remainder of the Winter quarter ending Friday, March 27. Decisions about Spring quarter events will be made at a later time as the situation evolves.
This decision was made out of an abundance of caution for our students. It is a precautionary measure, and it will likely not be the only measure LTCC takes to protect students and staff as we respond to developing conditions. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Dorado County.
LTCC is conducting an ongoing review of our travel and event policies as new information comes in. Any updates will be communicated via internal emails to staff and faculty, separate direct-to-student emails, the college’s website, and via social media accounts and the Coyote Corner app (download for free).
March 29, 2020 - Student Communication Regarding COVID-19
March 27, 2020 - Spring Quarter Updates
March 25, 2020 - Message from the Chancellor
March 20, 2020 - Campus Closure
March 19, 2020 - LTCC Spring Quarter Update
March 16, 2020 - Closure Details #2: FEC, locker rooms, and G3
March 14, 2020 - Closure Details: FEC, locker rooms, and G3
March 13, 2020 - Final Exam Schedule Updates
March 11, 2020 - Coronavirus Update #2
March 9, 2020 - Coronavirus Update