August 26, 2021 — Nevada County is experiencing an unprecedented number of COVID-19 cases admitted to its two hospitals. As of August 24, 2021, Nevada County’s case rate was 49.1 cases per day per 100,000 and the test positivity rate was 12.0%, one of the highest in California.
The hospitals in Nevada County are at capacity, and all hospitals in the region are reaching their inpatient limit. There is very limited capacity for transferring patients within the region. Regional emergency departments have been overwhelmed with patients seeking diagnosis and care for COVID-19 to the point where those with other emergency conditions are finding delayed care or having to go elsewhere for help.
Rising case rates, increasing test positivity, and the high numbers of hospitalizations are largely due to the predominance of the highly infectious Delta variant, which has been labeled as “younger, sicker, quicker.” The Delta variant is highly contagious and may have increased the risk of hospitalization compared to the original virus.
Large gatherings will lead to further spread of COVID-19, creating an additional burden for the medical system in Nevada County.
“The steps we’re taking are to limit the spread of the virus in our community,” Kellermann said of the amended order (August 25, 2021 see below). “The Delta variant is highly transmissible, but there are simple ways to protect ourselves and those we love. Mask up indoors and out, avoid gatherings, and if you can, get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
VACCINATIONS & COVID-19 TESTING
Vaccination is the most important tool to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available in Nevada County to all residents age 12 and over. Nevada County Public Health and the state are working to make access to your COVID vaccine as easy as possible. To make an appointment for your vaccine in Truckee, visit the Nevada County Vaccine Provider page for scheduling information of our different providers. You can also read more at CDC’s benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine here.
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Tahoe Forest Hospital RN Hotline: 530-582-3450 – For questions re: COVID 19 symptoms, testing, seeking physician care or ER care or other relevant medical treatment.
New Requirements for Large Events, Masks in Crowded Outdoor Settings
On August 25, 2021, Nevada County Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Kellermann amended his August 18, 2021 order on face coverings to include further mandates for crowded outdoor settings and large events. The order becomes effective at 12:01 am on August 27, 2021.
In addition to last week’s requirement for face coverings indoors, the amended order:
Requires that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings outdoors in crowded settings.
Prohibits indoor and outdoor gatherings or events where 2,500 or more people will be in attendance, until further notice.
Requires that events with 500 attendees or more develop and implement a plan to verify vaccination status, or proof of a negative test preferably within the 24 hours of the event but no longer than 72 hours prior to the event.
Effective August 20, 2021, Nevada County Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Kellermann issued a mask mandate requiring all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings and businesses.The order also strongly recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings outdoors in crowded settings.
FREE PPE for Small Businesses
Request no-cost PPE for small businesses from the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services. There is a limited supply available at the California Welcome Center/Truckee Train Depot. Email email@example.com or stop by.
California moved Beyond the Blueprint to safely and fully reopen the economy on June 15, 2021, Governor Newsom terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.
The new Public Health Order effective June 15 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth pending an expected update to the K-12 schools guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Continuing safety measures protects the health and well-being of Californians.
Dos and Don’ts for Daily Life:
Restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, and most everyday places are open as normal with no capacity limits or social distancing required. Protect yourself and others by keeping these common-sense rules in mind.
✔️ Wear a mask if you’re unvaccinated, especially in crowded, indoor environments
❌ Expect others to be ready to shake hands or hug
✔️ Follow safety rules for mega-events
❌ Lose your proof of vaccination
✔️ Get tested if you’re sick
❌ Think you can’t get the virus or pass it on because you feel well
✔️ Wear a mask while on public transit, even if you’re vaccinated
❌ Assume everyone is vaccinated
✔️ Honor mask and distancing rules in place at a private business
❌ Expect all COVID-19 rules everywhere to be lifted
✔️ Get tested if required by your workplace
❌ Travel into the U.S. without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test
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K-12 Schools, Day Camps, Overnight Camps, and Childcare
California continues to follow current COVID-19 public health Guidance for K-12 Schools until further updates from the CDC. Day camps and other supervised youth activities must follow these specific portions of the current K-12 schools guidance: