November 20, 2020

County Supervisors Take Up Resolution to Push for Local Response to Coronavirus

The El Dorado Board of Supervisors discussed a resolution on Tuesday covering the following points:

1. That our county is best served by an ability to respond locally to the COVID-19 virus in accordance with our local data and circumstances, as specified, for instance, in the attestation filed with the California Department of Public Health.
2. That our county is geographically diverse and ill-suited for the county-wide restrictions imposed by the “blueprint for a safer economy” and the state should enable our COVID-19 response to be tailored to geographically separate areas, such as different zip codes, as circumstances and case levels warrant.
3. That school districts in our jurisdiction are urged to safely open all schools as soon as possible and provide in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible without further delay.
4. That our county requests an extension of time beyond Dec. 31 to encumber and spend our federal CARES funds, to which we are entitled by law, consistent with our respective local plans and programs.

The Board of Supervisors failed to agree on any immediate action and instead asked staff to return to the Dec. 15 board meeting with a new resolution that included a reference to the importance of school sports for children. That motion was approved on a 5-0 vote. 

November 19, 2020

Stay at Home Order Per Governor Newsom:

To protect essential workers, high-risk individuals, decrease hospitalizations and deaths, we are issuing a limited Stay at Home Order to stop all non-essential work and activities from 10PM-5AM in purple tier counties.

Response From the El Dorado County Sheriff:

On November 19, 2020, The California Department of Public Health issued a curfew order for the State of California. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is aware and will not be enforcing this curfew order.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office deputies will not be determining compliance with, or enforcing the compliance of, any health order related to this curfew. The Sheriff’s Office will not prevent Thanksgiving activities, maximum occupancies, or mask wearing mandates at social gatherings within the County of El Dorado. Calls received by The Sheriff’s Office regarding enforcement of any COVID related orders will be referred to the El Dorado County Department of Public Health at 530-621-6100.

We will still address reports of criminal activity related to public safety and our El Dorado County citizens. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will continue to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.

November 18, 2020

200 Positive Cases Reported in El Dorado County Since Friday

Today’s Numbers:

* 200 tested (40,767)
* 49 cases (1,847) 4 in Pollock Pines, Camino, Kyburz; 18 in EDH; 0 Diamond Springs, El Dorado; 1 in North County; 2 in Greater Placerville; 9 in Cameron Park/Shingle Springs/Rescue; 0 South County; 8 in Lake Tahoe region; 3 awaiting address confirmation
* 2 aged 0-17, 22 aged 18-49, 19 aged 50-64, 6 aged 65+
* 151 negative tests (38,920)
* 16 assumed recoveries (1,431)
* five hospitalizations/five ICU (5/5)
* 4.2% positivity
* no new deaths (4)
* Purple tier

County Dashboard (Link)

November 16, 2020

El Dorado County Moving to Most Restrictive Purple Tier 1

The State today announced new COVID-19 Tier assignments and we will move to the most restrictive Tier 1 Purple, effective at noon on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

CORRECTION: The County has changed the effective date for the Purple Tier 1 to go into effect as of noon on Tuesday, November 17

Under thePurple Tier, the following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR ONLY operations:

These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, and sanitization):
-Cardrooms, satellite wagering
-Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, kart racing, and arcades)
-Gyms and fitness centers
-Movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
-Museums, zoos, aquariums
-Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
-Playgrounds and recreational facilities
-WineriesBars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries may operate outdoors if they are offering sit-down, outdoor meals. Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other shelter as long as no more than one side is closed.

In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are open for INDOOR operations.
These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:
-All retail (maximum 25% capacity)
-Critical infrastructure
-Hair salons and barbershops
-Libraries (maximum 25% capacity)
-Nail salons and electrolysis operations-Personal care services (e.g. body waxing, estheticians, tattoo, massage)
-Professional sports (without live audiences)
-Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (maximum 25% capacity)

Bars, breweries and distilleries are prohibited from operating with the exception of those serving sit-down, outdoor meals.

For more information on the Tiers and Guidance for various business sectors, please see the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy here:

Mandatory Requirements for All Gatherings

All persons planning to host or participate in a private gathering, as defined above, must comply with the following requirements. Local health jurisdictions may be more restrictive than this guidance. Refer to your local guidance for what is allowed in your area.

1.    Attendance

  • Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests.Remember, the smaller the number of people, the safer.
  • Keep the households that you interact with stable over time. By spending time with the same people, risk of transmission is reduced. Participating in multiple gatherings with different households or groups is strongly discouraged.
  • The host should collect names of all attendees and contact information in case contact tracing is needed later.

2.    Gather Outdoors

  • Gatherings that occur outdoors are significantly safer than indoor gatherings. All gatherings must be held outside. Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized.
  • Gatherings may occur in outdoor spaces that are covered by umbrellas, canopies, awnings, roofs, and other shade structures provided that at least three sides of the space (or 75%) are open to the outdoors.
  • A gathering of no more than three households is permitted in a public park or other outdoor space, even if unrelated gatherings of other groups up to three households are also occurring in the same park or other outdoor space.  If multiple such gatherings are occurring, mixing between group gatherings is not allowed.  Additionally, multiple gatherings of three households cannot be jointly organized or coordinated to occur in the same public park or other outdoor space at the same time – this would constitute a gathering exceeding the permitted size.

3.    Don’t Attend Gatherings If You Feel Sick or You Are in a High-Risk Group

  • Anyone with any COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, night sweats, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headaches, confusion, or loss of sense of taste/smell), must stay home and not come into contact with anyone outside their household.
  • Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a gathering should notify the other attendees as soon as possible regarding the potential exposure.
  • People at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 (such as older adults and people with chronic medical conditions) are strongly urged not to attend any gatherings.

4.    Practice Physical Distancing and Hand Hygiene at Gatherings

  • For any gatherings permitted under this guidance, the space must be large enough so that everyone at a gathering can maintain at least a 6-foot physical distance from others (not including their own household) at all times. 
  • Seating must provide at least 6 feet of distance (in all directions—front-to-back and side-to-side) between different households.
  • Everyone at a gathering should frequently wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. A place to wash hands or hand sanitizer must be available for participants to use.
  • Shared items should not be used during a gathering. As much as possible, any food or beverages at outdoor gatherings must be in single-serve disposable containers. If providing single-serve containers is not possible, food and beverages must be served by a person who washes or sanitizes their hands frequently, and wears a face covering. Self-serve items from communal containers should not be used.

5.   Wear a Face Covering to Keep COVID-19 from Spreading

  • When gathering, face coverings must be worn in accordance with the CDPH Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings (PDF), unless an exemption is applicable.
  • People at gatherings may remove their face coverings briefly to eat or drink as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity.
  • Face coverings can also be removed to meet urgent medical needs (for example, to use an asthma inhaler, take medication, or if feeling light-headed).

6.   Keep it short

  • Gatherings should be two hours or less.  The longer the duration, the risk of transmission increases.

7.   Rules for Singing, Chanting, and Shouting at Outdoor Gatherings

  • Singing, chanting, shouting, and physical exertion significantly increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission because these activities increase the release of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols into the air. Because of this, singing, chanting, and shouting are strongly discouraged, but if they occur, the following rules and recommendations apply:
    • All people who are singing or chanting should wear a face covering at all times while singing or chanting, including anyone who is leading a song or chant. Because these activities pose a very high risk of COVID-19 transmission, face coverings are essential to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols;
    • People who are singing, shouting, chanting, or exercising are strongly encouraged to maintain physical distancing beyond 6 feet to further reduce risk.
    • People who are singing or chanting are strongly encouraged to do so quietly (at or below the volume of a normal speaking voice).
  • Instrumental music is allowed as long as the musicians maintain at least 6-foot physical distancing. Musicians must be from one of the three households.  Playing of wind instruments (any instrument played by the mouth, such as a trumpet or clarinet) is strongly discouraged. 

August 19 coronavirus covid19 el dorado hills

6 New Cases Reported in EDC

1 Persons Hospitalized, 1 In the ICU
11 New Recoveries
143 Active Cases
(August 19, Link)

New County Dashboard to Track COVID


First Coronavirus Death Reported in El Dorado County
Elderly man lived in Tahoe region

(July 18, Source)

Governor Gavin Newsom Lays Out Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools 
(July 17, Link)

Governor Newsom announces Statewide restrictions, effective immediately:

All bars must close (indoor and outdoors), indoor restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment, zoos, museums and card rooms must close.
(July 13, Link)

Coming July 14th, 2020: Free, Mobile Testing Site in Placerville, CA.

Appointment needed, Tuesdays only, 18 and over, no symptoms needed.
(July 10, Link)

Health orders to be enforced at non-complying businesses in EDC
(July 10, Source)

How does California Connected (Contact Tracing) work?

“It’s time for the next step in slowing the spread of COVID-19: California Connected — our state’s contact tracing program.” 

County Issues Reopening Guidelines for Businesses, Employers; Physical Distancing Guidelines for Restaurants & Bars

Quick Links:

Current Status and Important Updates:

august 19 el dorado hills coronavirus covid19

County Dashboard: August 19

El Dorado County Numbers:
11 new confirmed cases in EDC
– 1 in EDH; 0 Diamond Springs, El Dorado; 1 in North County; 0 in Greater Placerville; 3 in Cameron Park/Shingle Springs/Rescue; 0 South County; 1 in Lake Tahoe region, 0 in Pollock Pines, Camino, Kyburz;
– 1 aged 0-17, 2 aged 18-49, 2 aged 50-64, 1 aged 65+
– Rate of new cases: 96 (Moderate case rate per 100,000 population over the previous 14 days of 26-99)
– El Dorado Hills and South Lake Tahoe have “High” case rates (case rate per 100,000 population over the previous 14 days of 100 or greater)
– 1 Persons Hospitalized, 1 in the ICU
– 143 Active Cases
– 11 New Recoveries
– 2.9% positivity rate
– 877 illnesses to date in EDC
– 734 recoveries to date
– 2 death
– 21,972 people tested
– 21,095 Negative Results
Interactive County Dashboard
August 19, 4:00PM. (Source)

  • School opening plans in flux with new statewide orders. Plans TBD. (Source, Links to district websites.)
  • The Buckeye Union School District – change in meal services. Meals as of March 30.  At the time of pick-up, you will be provided five (5) breakfast meals and five (5) lunch meals for every qualifying child. Pickup will be at Valley View Schools (Blackstone), Buckeye Elementary, and White Rock Village Apartments Details HERE.
  • The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has moved essential services online. (March 26. Source)
  • EDC Sheriff announces their office “has absolutely no intention of carrying out (state and county) restrictions with an enforcement effort.” (Source
  • The Boys & Girls Club El Dorado County Western Slope will have meals available for any child, 18 years and younger, regardless of free or reduced eligibility or Club membership. Meals will be available Monday-Friday from 4: 30-6: 00pm. (Source)
  • All El Dorado County buildings are open except for county libraries. Libraries will be closed at least through the end of March.
  • The City of Folsom has closed all public parks and playgrounds. March 30 (Source)
  • El Dorado Hills Fire Stations are closed to the public for all non-emergency business. Non-emergency business and walk-in customers are still OK at EDH Fire Headquarters, 1050 Wilson Blvd.

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Is Someone in Your Household High Risk for Coronavirus?
Download a printable version of the sign below to place on your front door

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California Department of Public Health Guidance Page
Updated Regularly

Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day
Why Staying Home Now Can Save Lives

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El Dorado Hills Resources:

Below are links to Coronavirus/COVID-19 specific pages for each El Dorado Hills/El Dorado County organization listed.

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What should you do if you think you’re sick?

Marshall Medical Center CORONA VIRUS ADVICE LINE (530) 626-2745
Marshall Medical Center CORONA VIRUS ADVICE LINE (530) 626-2745

Online COVID-19 Self-Screening
(Provided by Apple and the CDC): Click Here

Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

Unless you normally seek ER care for an illness, don’t go there now unless it’s an emergency. Mild COVID-19 symptoms aren’t an emergency. Contact your regular medical provider to discuss if a test is needed.

El Dorado Community Health Centers offering Tele-Visits & Drive-Thru Screening

Drive-through screening and testing will be done at the Diamond Springs clinic at 4641 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville with a referral from healthcare provider

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Seniors and Infirm – Information and Aide

To any seniors or persons too ill to go grocery shopping near El Dorado Hills, please let us know. Our family (and work family) can pick up your necessities and bring them to you.
Please call or text: 916.941.6566.
You are not alone!

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Children’s Activities and Educational Links:

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Links to El Dorado Hills Restaurants with Curbside Pickup

Many other local restaurants are offering to-go orders and delivery, those above are offering curbside pickup, in addition. Please support your local favorites!


  • Gregg’s Poolworks has FREE delivery to seniors over the age of 65 in the El Dorado Hills and Folsom Area and curbside pick up for ALL ages for pool chemical sand supplies

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How You Can Help:

  • Hands for Hope: A list of community organizations in need and items needed (Link)
  • Marshall Medical Center has published a list of items needed (Link)
  • Folsom Mask Makers: Volunteers sewing masks for healthcare workers and others (Link to their Facebook page)

Other Useful Links:

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Pandemic: The worldwide spread of a disease that affects large numbers of people. Note that upgrading from an “epidemic” to a “pandemic” doesn’t necessarily mean the disease is more dangerous, just that it is no longer confined to one region. 

Social Distancing: Measures taken to remain out of public spaces, avoid mass gatherings and maintain distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.

Quarantine: Separation from others of a person reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease, but who is not yet exhibiting symptoms.

Isolation: Separation from others of a person reasonably believed to have been infected with a communicable disease.

Incubation Period: The time it takes for symptoms to appear in an infected person.

Community Transmission: When a virus spreads from person to person outside healthcare settings, meaning people who do not believe they are infected could be passing on the virus to others.

Containment: Sets of actions (like isolation and quarantine) that public health officials use to stop the spread of a disease.

Mitigation: Sets of actions (like social distancing) that persons and communities can take to slow the spread of respiratory virus infections. 

Sources: The New York TimesCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAmerican Society for Microbiology

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