September 22, 2020
Thanks to fewer positive cases of COVID-19, El Dorado County has moved within the state of California’s framework for reopening, moving 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.
“It’s critical, with this positive move forward, to continue to exercise our personal responsibility to ensure we keep our case level and test positivity rate low,” said El Dorado County Director of Communications Carla Hass.
El Dorado County had been assigned to the Red tier because data from August revealed an increase in cases. California requires that a county remain in its assigned tier for a minimum of three weeks before moving to a less restrictive tier as long as the number of cases and test positivity percentage meet the less restrictive tier’s requirement during the most recent two weeks. A county must remain in the more restrictive tier until it meets both criteria.
The county has a list of Orange tier businesses and activities that could be affected by this tier change. Information about tiers is based on guidelines released by the state of California’s Department of Public Health, which also guides the Governor’s Office.
For information about El Dorado County’s tier status, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/, begin typing ‘El Dorado’ in the county box and select it from the drop-down list. Then either click on ‘GET LATEST STATUS’ to see restrictions on the full list of activities, or enter a specific type of business or activity of interest in the ‘Activity’ box. Finally, either scroll down for the entire list or click on the ‘Get Latest Status’ button.
Testing at LTCC Available At Least Through October
LTCC will continue to operate as a testing site for the active COVID-19 virus through October, and likely through November as well. 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. Appointment times are currently only being opened one week at a time.
LTCC is located at One College Drive off of Al Tahoe Boulevard in the center of South Lake Tahoe. Testing days and hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 7am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm, closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information, call (530) 541-4660.
Statewide School Reopening Plans
The state’s Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA issued guidelines and considerations intended to help institutions of higher education and their communities plan and prepare to resume in-person instruction.
All Californians are required to wear face coverings in public settings. A statewide order regarding face masks was issued back in June, following guidance from California’s Department of Public Health based on the ability of asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people to spread the disease. A PDF of California’s face mask guidance a is available at https://covid19.ca.gov/.
Symptoms & Prevention
Any resident of South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Stateline, Zephyr Cove, and other nearby communities who are showing symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or unusual muscle aches, should call Barton Hospital’s Health Line at (530) 600-1999.
Help flatten the curve and save lives! Please:
- Maintain physical distancing measures when outside your home. 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.
- If you do not feel well, stay at home.
- Minimize or eliminate mixing with non-household members.
Complete information from local, state and federal entities about COVID-19, updates on confirmed cases, and information about how to prevent the spread of the virus can be found on LTCC's Coronavirus Information webpage.
For information about Enhanced Virtual Education at LTCC and how you can continue your college studies successfully online, visit LTCC's Virtual Campus.