Coronavirus Update

November 19, 2020

Due to surging COVID cases, California issued a Limited Stay at Home order for counties in Tier 1 Purple that begins Saturday, Nov. 21. Curfew hours for these counties, which includes El Dorado, will be 10 p.m. through 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. El Dorado was moved to Tier 1 Purple/Widespread on November 17.

Being in the Purple Tier 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.

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.

Avoid Holiday Travel & Gatherings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans against traveling for Thanksgiving to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The CDC states that the safest way to celebrate is to limit your exposure only to people in your own household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer. Tips for how to do this more safely are on the CDC’s website.

The California Department of Public Health also issued a travel advisory for non-essential travel. People arriving to California from other states or countries, including returning 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 all non-essential travel to other states or countries to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Read the CDPH Non-Essential Travel Advisory for details.

New Mask Guidance

California has also 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 the new mask requirements.

Testing at LTCC Available Through November

LTCC is operating as a COVID testing site at least through November 30. 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.

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.