Coronavirus Update

January 13, 2021

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

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.

New Mask Guidance

California issued new mask wearing guidance, requiring that everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask or face covering when outside of their own home, with limited exceptions. Visit the state’s COVID-19 website for more information about these requirements.

Testing at LTCC Available Through March 31, 2021

LTCC is operating as a COVID testing site through March 2021. Anyone aged 1 and up may get a free test at LTCC’s Physical Education building regardless of their immigration or medical insurance status, the status of their health, or their place of residence. 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. Walk-ins may be available on a limited basis. Those 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.

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 main 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.