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Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 6

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | April 6

SPRING IS A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS, PLANS & PROJECTS

This time of year not only brings warmer weather, but also a positive outlook as we continue to make great progress on so many fronts.


COVID UPDATE

Covid-19 cases continue to decline while the number of those vaccinated increases. Although Placer County saw a slight jump in the 7-Day Case Rate, we are encouraged to see that our 7-Day Positivity Rate and Health Equity Rate remain in the orange tier. Here is a snapshot of yesterday’s stats:

  • 7-day rate per 100K: 7.5 (RED)
  • 7-day Positivity Rate: 2.5% (ORANGE)
  • Health Equity: 4.5% (ORANGE)

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:


VACCINE UPDATE

Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccination distribution, surpassing the State’s average in doses per 1,000 of population. As of Monday, 212, 413 doses have been administered in Placer County, including over 50,000 at our County clinic.

Are you 50+? As of April 1, Placer County residents age 50 and above are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Appointments are currently available at the County’s clinic, and many other providers across the County have also expanded eligibility. Looking ahead, Placer County will be moving forward with the vaccine eligibility timeline outlined by the state with residents 16+ starting April 15.

If you haven’t yet gotten your vaccine – please text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 and you will be notified as more appointments are available. For those who need assistance, please call 211. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer.

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


ECONOMIC UPDATE

Placer County continues to have positive economic trends. Our unemployment rate is 5.7% – 4th lowest in the State of California, tied with San Francisco, behind Marin, San Mateo & Santa Clara. Placer County is far below the Statewide average of 8.4%. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, please shop local and support our Placer County businesses. Learn More

 


HOUSING UPDATE

The Board of Supervisors received a semi-annual report last Tuesday demonstrating our progress on housing including developing quality and affordable housing in Placer County. With Placer County’s contribution of nearly $8 million, the Mercy Housing Project at the Dewitt Government Center is on schedule to be completed this fall, opening 79 units of affordable housing to families in our region. In addition, Meadow View broke ground in July 2020 with 56 units of workforce housing and Hopkins Village is currently creating a list of qualified buyers with 40 units of workforce housing. Learn More

 

FREE PLANS FOR ADU’S
Placer County has a NEW Accessory Home website, which includes free pre-approved plans, a cost and ROI calculator, testimonials from ADU homeowners and a design inspiration book. As of March 8, Placer County has received 24 applications, 16 permits issued and 89 accessory home inquiries in 2021. Learn More

 

 

WORKFORCE HOUSING PRESERVATION PROGRAM
Placer workers struggling to afford a home will soon have a new option to make their housing dreams come true. Placer County’s Workforce Housing Preservation Program will pay homeowners to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them. The program would provide qualifying home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. The program would also be eligible for recently constructed housing that is deed restricted for local worker occupancy. Learn More

 

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PLACER RENTERS WHO NEED HELP PAYING RENT DUE TO COVID
Placer County is accepting applications for emergency rental assistance through April 30 at RentHelpPlacer.com. Income eligible households who are unable to pay for rent and utilities because of COVID-19 are encouraged to start the application process now. The Rent Help Placer program provides financial assistance to qualifying Placer County renters to help prevent housing instability or potential eviction due to a COVID-19 financial hardship. Learn More

 

 


WHILE ALL OF THIS IS POSITIVE NEWS, we still have many challenges to address to help our residents and businesses.

HOMELESS TASK FORCE | Placer County is stepping up its efforts to address health and safety concerns in response to a growing number of homeless encampments at its government center campus in North Auburn. Learn More

DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION NEGOTIATIONS | After 3 years of trying to negotiate a new contract, we are still at odds. While we disagree with the Association, we highly value our Deputy Sheriffs. We have the best and we pay the best, but we need to find a middle ground. We will continue to negotiate and hope that a resolution that balances escalating costs and ensures fair compensation. Learn More

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS | Now is the time to start preparing your property for the upcoming fire season. Placer County is also addressing your public properties as well as actively advocating for more funding from State and Federal sources to help us safeguard our communities. We hope to secure as much as possible to help with the forests that surround our communities. I encourage residents to learn more about the Placer County Fire Safe Alliance, Firewise Communities, and fire safe councils. Learn More

BROADBAND | Throughout the foothills and up to the High Sierra, we have problems with our broadband services. During the pandemic this became even more clear as many needed to work and attend school online. I have been holding meetings with Suddenlink, CPUC, County IT staff, and other elected officials in adjacent County’s trying to ensure that service and reliability is improved. Suddenlink is now fully staffed and has committed to providing same day or next day service to their customers. With this renewed focus, we are hopeful that residents and businesses will experience a quick and efficient service.

There is so much more to work on to address your needs and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and we will work with County staff to get you answers and solutions.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


PLACER BUSINESS RETENTION + EXPANSION SURVEY

You’re invited to participate in our first-ever Placer County Regions Business Retention and Expansion Survey. This survey is a collaborative effort to determine how we can continue to work with business owners in Placer County, strengthen our local economy and help you prosper. Ultimately, your success is our success; continuing our legacy as one California’s best places to live, work, play and learn.

Take survey



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 22

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | March 22

HAPPY SPRING!

The season is changing and there is much to report on activities and projects related to Placer County .

The Board of Supervisors will be meeting in North Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, March 30 with a number of items that are specific to or impact Eastern Placer County, including:

  • Proposed revisions to the Short Term Rental Ordinance
  • Housing Program Mid-Year Report
  • North Lake Tahoe Town Center Parking Exemption Program
  • Dollar Creek Housing Feasibility Study Update
  • Presentation by the USFS on Activities and Plans with the Tahoe National Forest

These and other items will be presented at the meeting.

Board of Supervisors Meeting Information

TUESDAY, MARCH 30 AT 9AM

The Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at:
Resort at Squaw Creek | 400 Squaw Creek Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

[VIEW THE AGENDA]

Please note: The Placer County Board of Supervisors’ meeting agenda is typically posted by 5pm on the Wednesday before the Board meeting, and is required to be available online 72 hours prior to the meeting.

The public will be allowed into the room using strict protocols – limited to just 25% of the room’s capacity and will require 6-feet of social distancing inside and outside. To participate via zoom/phone or to submit public comment – including links, resources, and additional information – please CLICK HERE.


COVID INFORMATION & UPDATES

The California Department of Public Health announced that statewide vaccination thresholds were met allowing state tier metrics to relax. As a result, Placer County moved into the red tier on Sunday, March 14.

Covid cases continue to hold at about 7 cases per 100,000 population which keeps us in the “red” tier. (View a summary of what the red tier means here.) Both our 7-Day Positivity Rate and our Health Equity Rate have been in the “orange” tier since the beginning of March. We are hopeful that with the number of vaccinations in Placer County continuing to average around 15,000 per week, we will be able to further reopen our businesses and activities soon.

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:

Also, in response to the devastating impacts of Covid to individuals, businesses and non-profits, Placer County has provided $16 million or 40% of its CARES Act funding in grants – the highest percentage of any county in the State. Looking ahead, Placer County is closely monitoring the new federal stimulus bill and we are optimistic for another opportunity to help our communities when funding becomes available.

As we look to further recovery, we are preparing for continued impacts to our public lands and resources. We anticipate summer visitation in the region will again be high and our staff has been working hard to prepare. This includes new and continued partnerships with other regional agencies and entities as well as implementing new programs. I look forward to sharing these with you in the weeks to come.


VACCINE INFORMATION & UPDATES

Placer County continues to be a leader in vaccination distribution, surpassing the State’s average in doses per 1,000 of population. As of today, nearly 170,000 doses have been administered in Placer County.

Currently, Placer County is offering vaccinations to individuals through to Phase1B, including persons 16-64 with certain high-risk medical conditions. I understand there are still countless people who are awaiting appointments as well as their turn and I truly appreciate everyone’s patience. Placer County staff will continue to work hard to ensure all of our constituents have the opportunity to receive their vaccination as soon as possible.

To be notified when large batches of new appointments become available, TEXT PLACERVACCINE to 898211 to receive text alerts. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer.

ADDITIONAL VACCINE RESOURCES:


TOURISM BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT UPDATE

On March 9, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to finalize the creation of the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Business Improvement District – freeing up over $4 million in transient occupancy tax for transportation and workforce housing projects while also generating an additional $6 million in assessment revenue for North Lake Tahoe annually.

The TBID not only creates an avenue for all businesses to participate in local improvement projects but allows for a broader range of investments back into our community. From addressing traffic, to workforce housing, to the most pressing issues affecting our community, I am confident we will look back at this decision as the start of a more economically viable, collaborative and improved North Tahoe. Read more

 

 


Thank you for taking the time to connect and please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any additional questions. I am looking forward to seeing you in person soon.

In service,
Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Applications available for Placer renters who need help paying rent due to COVID

Placer County is accepting applications for emergency rental assistance through April 30 at RentHelpPlacer.com. Income eligible households who are unable to pay for rent and utilities because of COVID-19 are encouraged to start the application process now. The Rent Help Placer program provides financial assistance to qualifying Placer County renters to help prevent housing instability or potential eviction due to a COVID-19 financial hardship. Learn More


Workforce Housing Preservation Program

Placer workers struggling to afford a home will soon have a new option to make their housing dreams come true. Placer County’s Workforce Housing Preservation Program will pay homeowners to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them. The program would provide qualifying home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. The program would also be eligible for recently constructed housing that is deed restricted for local worker occupancy. Learn More



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

The Hidden Falls Reduced Project | March 16

The Hidden Falls Reduced Project | March 16

A LETTER FROM YOUR DISTRICT 5 SUPERVISOR

Dear Residents:

Since making my decision on the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Expansion Reduced Project, I have received many emails and calls expressing views of either anger or gratitude. While I can’t respond to each person individually, I want to explain my thinking to the people of District 5, and provide some background as to how I arrived at my decision.

Even before I took office, the Hidden Falls Regional Trails Expansion Project has been a very divisive issue. One side supports expansion of protected open space and trails, while the other side remains concerned with safety, traffic, and fire issues in the surrounding neighborhood. Over the last 18 months, both sides have weighed in with hundreds of emails and calls. I was able to tour the site and meet with constituents from all sides of the issue, with staff, with users, and with residents in the surrounding area.

In response to the concerns expressed by the neighbors, the County parks staff proposed a reduced project as a compromise. The reduced project was a 63% reduction in parking spaces and a generally corresponding reduction in traffic and visitation during peak days from the initial proposal. While I believe the technical issues raised were adequately addressed, for some, the concerns and fears about any project remained.

Acquiring land to protect it for public use is a worthwhile effort and so much of the legacy of our nation and our state, is its national, state, regional and local parks. Quality of life is measured by many factors – but parks and open space are one of the most important. Throughout California, as our population swells, pressures for housing continue to mount. Many of our historic large privately-held parcels are disappearing, divided into smaller and smaller properties. Thankfully, Placer County leaders have been working to address these growing pressures. Beginning in 1991, volunteers in Placer County created the non-profit Placer Land Trust “. . . to permanently protect natural and agricultural lands for current and future generations”. To assist in this mission, in 1998 the Board of Supervisors formed Placer Legacy to provide funding and public mechanisms. To date over 12,000 acres of Placer County lands have been permanently protected.


Throughout my campaign, and since taking office, I have been committed to finding balance, especially during these divisive times. I committed to listen to all sides and consider all issues. Ultimately my vote to support the reduced project at Hidden Falls was informed by many, and I believe represented the best balance of all interests. This compromise requires that the many who will benefit from this open space must work diligently to minimize the impacts and issues for the neighbors.

Protecting our future means government, parks users and neighbors must come together. We should respect other points of view and concerns. Government, elected by the majority, can’t forget the impacts to the individuals of its decisions. In this situation, adaptive management must be used to ensure that we adjust to issues and needs as they arise.

A few of the items I raised at the meeting were:

  • Using technology, the reservations system and other methods to educate park users on traffic safety, respect for the neighbors, stewardship of the park, and user preparedness
  • Requiring reservations more days of the week including full-time if necessary
  • Increased rangers and enforcement
  • Increased traffic warnings and enforcement
  • Continuing the closures on high fire threat days
  • Adding more closures if needed

In weighing all of the factors and casting my vote, I emphatically committed that I would stay involved to ensure that the reduced project for Hidden Falls Regional Park, including the Twilight Ride entrance project for 54 auto parking spaces and 20 equestrian trailer spaces would be developed, maintained and operated in a manner to minimize the impacts to those neighbors. [Read Press Release]

While there has been much hard work to date on both sides of the issue, now the really tough work begins – working together, to address the concerns of all interests, to protect Placer County’s future.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 12

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 12

RECENT & BREAKING COVID-19 HEADLINES

Placer County will move into the red tier as of Sunday, March 14, the California Department of Public Health announced today after statewide vaccination thresholds were met and state tier metrics relaxed as a result. READ MORE

“This is a big step and one that we welcome. With our case rate increasing gradually in the past week, it remains important to take precautions like masking and distancing, as none of us want to lose the progress we’ve made as a county,” said HHS Director and Interim Health Officer Dr. Rob Oldham.

What does the red tier mean? CLICK HERE to view the updated Blueprint for a Safer Economy for activities and businesses.

CLICK HERE to view the COVID-19 Placer County Dashboard.


TWO MILLION COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES DELIVERED TO CALIFORNIA’S HARDEST-HIT COMMUNITIES, PROMOTING UPDATE OF STATE’S REOPENING PLAN

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Californians in some of the state’s hardest-hit communities, increasing immunity where the state’s transmission rates and disease burden have been the highest during the pandemic. With this equity metric met, and because vaccines slow the spread of disease and serious illness, the previously announced update to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to account for progress with vaccine administration goes into effect.

After reassessment using new thresholds, 13 counties will move to a less restrictive tier, from Purple (widespread) to Red (substantial): Amador, Colusa, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Mono, Orange, Placer, San Benito, San Bernardino, Siskiyou, Sonoma and Tuolumne. Twenty-one counties will remain in the Purple (widespread) Tier, 33 will be in the Red (substantial) Tier, three remain in the Orange (moderate) Tier and one remains in the Yellow (minimal) Tier. These changes will take effect on Sunday, March 14. READ MORE


VACCINATION RESOURCES

GETTING VACCINATED

Placer County will continue to offer vaccines for people in Phases 1A and 1B. Starting Monday, March 15, persons 16-64 with certain high-risk medical conditions will also be eligible.
Learn more

 


TEXT PLACERVACCINE

Want to stay informed about vaccine availability and progression through the vaccination phases? Text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 to receive text alerts from 211 Placer.

 



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 1

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | March 1

SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE FUTURE

Last week, I joined my fellow Board of Supervisors and County leadership in a Strategic Planning Workshop. This was a great opportunity for the Board members to not only talk about our priorities, but also to get to know each other a little better. I appreciate the wisdom, background, and insight we were able to share and am excited about the initiatives we plan to undertake in the future.

During the workshop, one of the items we worked through together was revising and reaffirming Placer County’s Critical Success Factors which were first outlined by the Board in 2018. This was a great opportunity for the five of us to look at how far we’ve come since establishing that Strategic Plan while also making some necessary and relevant revisions to match our current goals and priorities. This was especially important since Supervisors Gore, Jones, and myself were not Board members in 2018. The Critical Success Factors have been a great metric for both county staff and the community to ensure that these goals are being achieved efficiently and effectively. The revised Critical Success Factors include:

  • Strategic Relationships and Community Engagement
  • Diversity of Achievable Housing Throughout the County
  • Public Serving Infrastructure and Amenities
  • Outcome-Focused Economic Development Strategies
  • Prudent and Comprehensive Financial Planning
  • Fiscally Sustainable Public Safety Services
  • Innovative, Integrated County Services
  • Balanced Land-Use Planning and Environmental Stewardship

We also discussed additional priorities and issues. Some of the ones that rose to the top included sustainable fire services, forest management, a county-wide homeless action plan, criminal justice reform, and increased farm to fork opportunities. Additional priorities I outlined included:

  • Enhancing rural broadband/internet and emergency alert services
  • Advancement of innovative transportation and transit solutions
  • Development of future leaders in our county through County leadership programs
  • Regular tracking of key indicators of quality of life – covering a wide variety of topics from mental health to economics
  • Moving forward, the Board and I will continue to work together to refine these priorities and put work plans in place. I look forward to sharing more with you as these develop.

Below you will find some additional updates and resources I thought you would find informative. As always, I encourage you to reach out to my office if you have additional comments, questions, or concerns. Thank you for taking the time to connect and for giving me the opportunity to serve you.

~ Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID UPDATE

It’s been exactly one year since the first case of Covid was identified in Placer County. Despite the ups and downs our County has endured during this time, our current stats are hopeful and this is the BEST things have looked in awhile. Our case rate and our positivity rate are trending downward which means Placer County could be moving into the Red Tier as soon as mid-March – we will let you know as soon as we hear anything. And in other good news, our stats have also allowed outdoor sports to resume. Here are some our current key stats as of Friday, February 26. CLICK HERE to view all stats.

  • 7-day rate per 100K: 7.6 (PURPLE)
  • 7-Day Positivity Rate: 3.5% (ORANGE)
  • Health Equity: 5.9% (RED)
  • Hospitalizations/ICU:
    • Confirmed Cases in Placer Hospitals: 39
    • Confirmed Cases in Hospital Because of COVID: 34
    • Cases in ICU because of COVID: 13

FEBRUARY EPIDEMIOLOGY (EPI) REPORT
In Public Health’s monthly COVID-19 update, they take a look at recent trends and provide an update on vaccination progress. CLICK HERE to read about the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. New reports are published on the first Friday of each month. The next report should be available March 5, 2021. Click here for past and future reports

CONTACT TRACING
Contact tracing is when public health workers identify and notify the people who were exposed to infected people. They let them know that they’ve been in close contact with an infected person, and what to do next to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Placer County has about 60 contact tracers/case investigators on staff which have proven critical in helping us manage sizeable surges. Learn More

COVID TESTING STILL AVAILABLE
Testing remains an important tool to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community moving forward. Schedule your test today at an OptumServe location near you: CLICK HERE or call 888-634-1123. There is ample availability.

ADDITIONAL COVID RESOURCES:


VACCINE UPDATE

Placer County is a proud leader in vaccine distribution in California – last week marked our 100,000th administered vaccine dose which is the highest per capita in the region. In addition, our vaccine clinic @ The Grounds administered their 30,000th dose last week. Our offices have been receiving countless emails, calls and comments from our constituents acknowledging their professionalism, efficiency and organization of the vaccine distribution and I personally want to thank all our staff who have contributed towards creating this positive experience. Watch a video on the county’s efforts HERE.

Currently, Placer County is offering vaccinations to individuals through to Phase1B. I understand there are still countless people who are awaiting appointments as well as their turn and I truly appreciate everyone’s patience. Placer County staff will continue to work hard to ensure all of our constituents have the opportunity to receive their vaccination as soon as possible.

ADDITIONAL COVID VACCINE RESOURCES:

 

SLEEVES UP PLACER
Social science tells us that when people see others around them talking about getting vaccinated, they are more likely to get vaccinated, too. You can help encourage more people — people you know! — to get vaccinated by sharing the #SleevesUpPlacer hashtag, graphics and messages. Learn More

 


Short-Term Rental Town Hall

Placer County will be hosting a virtual Short-Term Rental Town Hall on Wednesday, March 3 from 6-7:30pm. County staff will present an overview on the Short-Term Rental Program to date along with proposed revisions to the Short-Term Rental Ordinance. Staff will also answer questions submitted from the public. Meeting Link


Hidden Falls Public Hearing

The Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on the expansion of the Hidden Falls Regional Park multi-use trail network on Monday, March 8 at 3pm. The public is welcome to participate either in person or via Zoom. Once posted, the agenda can be found HERE. Please CLICK HERE to submit public comment for this item.


Workforce Housing Preservation Program

Last week, the Board of Supervisors approved the Workforce Housing Preservation Program (WHPP) which is a new program that will help provide housing options for the local Placer workforce. The county’s WHPP will pay homeowners to deed restrict their properties so that only local workers can purchase or rent them. The program would provide qualifying home buyers a funding source that could be used for a down payment or renovations. Learn More


Serve on Housing Program Taskforce

Placer County is inviting interested individuals to apply to serve on the Housing Development Advisory Taskforce, a new board-appointed committee which will help to identify and move forward affordable housing projects in the county. The taskforce will consist of nine community members with expertise in housing development who understand the unique housing needs of the Placer region. To apply, download and fill out the application found HERE. Deadline is Friday, March 19 at 5pm.



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | February 17

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | February 17

EASTERN PLACER COUNTY VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

TONIGHT- Wednesday, February 17 at 6pm
AGENDA

The Town Hall will be held virtually and all community members are invited to attend. Topics include:

  • General County Updates from Supervisor Gustafson
  • Updates on Trash Initiatives
  • Updates on Housing- including the Workforce Housing Preservation Program, Hopkins Village, and Meadowview Place

To join the meeting via Zoom, CLICK HERE

To join by phone, call 888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247, Conference ID: 973 1446 5291, Passcode: 708288


Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 28

Placer County District 5 Bulletin | January 28

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY UPDATE

As I mentioned to many of you in emails last night and in my Districtwide newsletter last week, things are rapidly changing around vaccine distribution. I am reaching out again as new information is now available regarding who is eligible to sign up to receive a vaccine in Placer County.

 


EDUCATION, CHILDCARE, EMERGENCY SERVICES WORKERS

The Placer County Public Health vaccination clinic @ the Grounds will begin vaccinating education, childcare and emergency services workers in accordance with state guidance starting next week, while continuing to vaccinate residents 65+ as well. Workers in these sectors must show proof of employment in Placer County. LEARN MORE


VACCINE INFORMATION & UPDATES

To be notified when large batches of new appointments become available, TEXT PLACERVACCINE to 898211 to receive text alerts. Vaccine remains in short supply relative to the demand and to the capacity of local providers to administer. Other health care providers may also be vaccinating different populations based on vaccine availability. Ensure your medical provider has your up-to-date contact information. More information is available at https://www.placer.ca.gov/vaccineclinics. The state is expected to release more guidance on the food and agriculture sector which would help solidify a timeline for this group.


Placer County is still severely limited in the availability of vaccine appointments based solely on the limited supply of doses we are receiving. So while it is great news that educators, child care workers, and emergency service personal are now eligible to receive the vaccine, there will not be enough available appointments for all those that would like to get the vaccine to receive it immediately.

Placer County and our partners are prepared to administer thousands more doses per week as soon as we receive additional allotments from the state. But until then, we will only be able to administer what receive.

Placer County staff continues to advocate for additional vaccines and we hope to see our allocation of doses increase in the coming weeks. Please know that we are working hard on your behalf. Many of our days are spent in meetings or on the phone trying to work out these difficult issues so we can make progress, together.

As your neighbor, your friend and local elected official, I want you to know that we’re working tirelessly for you. Please be sure to do your part- continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distance.

Thank you for taking the time to connect and do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any additional questions.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


Placer Shares Update Video

Watch an update on the Placer Shares program that was shown at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 26. CLICK HERE


Martis Valley Trail Progress

The Martis Valley Trail project reached significant funding and multi-agency environmental review milestones this month as part of a trail system envisioned for the region. READ MORE



Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VACCINE! | January 22

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VACCINE! | January 22

As you can imagine many people are calling, writing and emailing in search of more information on when they can get vaccinated. I understand that this is an extremely frustrating time for all of us – so I am hoping to help explain what we know, and just as importantly what we don’t know. Information changes rapidly but here is where we stand as of today.

The limitations on vaccinations is entirely due to limitations on the supply of doses. Placer has been allocated an average of 4,343 doses of the Covid-19 vaccination (first and second) per week. To give you an idea on how far that goes, there are approximately 80,000 Placer residents who are 65 or older – not to mention the thousands of healthcare workers and others that fall into the Phase 1a category as well. At this pace, it would take us 4-6 months to vaccinate our most vulnerable and our essential workers. We do know that more vaccine is on the way and we are actively fighting to secure as much as we can for our residents. As soon as we get it – we get it out. Unfortunately none of us believe this is fast enough.

Placer County does have capacity to give the vaccines once we receive more doses. Placer County Public Health and Safeway alone currently have the capability to administer around 7,400 per week and other health providers throughout the county have the capacity to administer thousands more. Also, Public Health continues to cultivate partnerships with other pharmacies to further expand capacity as we receive more vaccines.

As we see additional doses become available, more appointments for vaccines will also be available to community members. One of the best ways to be notified when large new batches of appointments are made available at county clinics and about progression through the vaccination phases is to sign up for text alerts. To do that, text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211.

The Placer County vaccine website is also updated as new information becomes available. You can also check this page for answers to some additional frequently asked questions.

I know this is a challenging time, but please be patient and have confidence that more vaccines are coming. I encourage you to sign up for text alerts and to continue to check the website – I will also continue to update you through newsletters as we have more information to share.

Finally, a reminder to all of us – whether we’ve received the vaccine or not – please continue to work together and follow safety protocols. Please wash your hands, wear a face covering, and physically distance yourself from others.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor


COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

GETTING VACCINATED

The Placer County Public Health Division is coordinating COVID-19 vaccine efforts in alignment with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the COVID-19 California Governor’s Vaccine Task Force, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Working Group. LEARN MORE

AVAILABLE CLINICS

SUTTER HEALTH
Sutter patients who are:

  • Eligible health care personnel in Phase 1A
  • Age 75 and older

KAISER PERMANENTE
Kaiser members who are:

  • Eligible health care personnel in Phase 1A
  • Age 75 and older

PLACER COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
Placer County residents who are:

  • Eligible health care personnel in Phase 1A
  • Age 65 and older (The State/PrepMod is in the process of updating their web portal to reflect 65+ eligibility. Eligible residents in this category may proceed making an appointment and ignore messages to the contrary.)

SAFEWAY (various locations)
Placer County residents who are:

  • Eligible health care personnel in Phase 1A
  • Age 75 and older (Safeway is in the process of updating their web portal to reflect 75+ eligibility. Eligible residents in this category may proceed making an appointment and ignore messages to the contrary.)

TAHOE FOREST HEALTH SYSTEM
Placer County & Nevada County residents who are:

  • Eligible health care personnel in Phase 1A
  • Age 65 and older

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA)
Veterans who are:

  • Living in their long-term care facilities
  • And VA health care personnel

The Placer County Health Division is kindly encouraging everyone to please arrive ON TIME (not early) for their appointments to alleviate unnecessary crowds. Also, please check on your eligible family, friends and neighbors to see if they need assistance making an appointment online.


 

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Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

Limited supply of vaccines now available to older adults in Phase 1B | January 14

Limited supply of vaccines now available to older adults in Phase 1B | January 14

AUBURN, Calif. — Public and private vaccine administration partners in Placer County are now offering COVID-19 vaccines in extremely limited supply to residents over the age of 65.

Vaccine is available in limited quantities through a Public Health clinic in south Placer; large hospital systems including Kaiser and Sutter; and pharmacy partner Safeway, whose locations span the county. Appointments are limited based on the availability of vaccine supply.

Vaccinations are by appointment only and proof of Placer County residency and age are required. Vaccinations open to the public include:

  • Kaiser Permanente: Members age 65+ can call 866-454-8855 or visit the Kaiser Permanente website for more information. Information will be updated as it becomes available.
  • Sutter Health: Sutter patients who are healthcare workers or aged 75+ can now schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
  • Other regional health systems: Check with your provider.
  • Public Health clinic and eight Safeway locations: Visit placer.ca.gov/vaccineclinics to view locations, appointment slots and make an appointment.

Additional vaccine sites will come online as the supply chain grows to meet demand. Currently there are 17 access points (including mobile efforts by CVS and Walgreens to vaccinate long-term care facility residents) offering vaccine to individuals in Phases 1A and those over 65 in 1B, with future groups in 1B tier 1 still to come. Phases and tiers of administration are determined by the state.

Any Placer health care workers in Phase 1A who have not yet been vaccinated can continue to make appointments via the above links as well. See a summary of 1A populations here. These residents are required to bring proof of employment.

“We do not have enough vaccine for everyone at this time, so we appreciate everyone’s patience as we advocate for more doses,” said interim health officer Dr. Rob Oldham. “Surprisingly, we have had some appointments left open at our clinic during 1A, so we do think it’s important to move forward and offer those slots up to those in the next phase per the state’s expanded definitions. But, supply will not yet meet demand and so we want to set appropriate expectations that this will not be an overnight process.”

Approximately one fifth of the Placer County population is over 65 – or 80,000 people. Vaccine production is slowly increasing in the United States, and Placer County is provided with only small amounts of vaccine each week. This week, for example, the county was allotted 2,925 first doses and 1,200 second doses, even though together Placer County Public Health and Safeway will have the capacity to administer 7,400 vaccines per week as of next week, meaning capacity currently exceeds supply. Weekly allotments of first doses from the state have been highly variable (ranging from just 100 first doses to around 3,000), adding challenges to local planning. Yet, health care and pharmaceutical partners are continually scaling up in anticipation of more doses.

To stay informed about vaccine availability and progression through the vaccination phases, residents can visit the Placer County website at www.placer.ca.gov/vaccine; text PLACERVACCINE to the number 898211 to receive text alerts from 211; and subscribe to Placer County’s newsletter.


COVID-19 Vaccines in Placer County

Click here to watch Placer County Health Officer, Dr. Rob Oldham, speak about the state’s initial phases of vaccine distribution and discuss how the community can prepare and stay informed in the coming months.

The Placer County Public Health Division is coordinating COVID-19 vaccine efforts in alignment with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the COVID-19 California Governor’s Vaccine Task Force, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Working Group.

Click here to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in Placer County


Health Division Seeking Nurses for COVID-19 Support

Placer County Health Division is building a workforce to continue specimen collection and implement our COVID-19 vaccine campaign. If you or someone you know is interested, the following links are job descriptions and application information for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN). Please share this information with someone you know if they can support this effort.


Face Coverings in Placer County

Here in Placer County, face coverings are an important tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable residents. The “Got It Covered” campaign showcases actual Placer residents and business owners sharing their personal reasons for wearing a face covering. Click here to watch video


Don’t delay if you need health care

Some things can’t wait. Your health care is one of them. During COVID-19, local hospitals are safe and open to serve our community. Don’t hesitate to get care if you need it. Watch this PSA to learn more.

In addition to physical health, it’s important to take care of your mental health. There are a wide array of resources available locally, including many telehealth options. Click here to learn more


 

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Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 12

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | January 12

Regional Stay At Home Order Lifted

Placer County was notified this afternoon by the California Department of Public Health that, based upon the latest projections of ICU bed capacity 4 weeks into the future, the Greater Sacramento region is no longer under State’s regional “stay-at-home” order, effective immediately.

“We’re starting to see some stabilization both in ICUs as well as stabilization in our positivity rate. We’re also starting to see the rate of growth for hospitalizations beginning to decline,” Newsom said. “Today, effectively immediately, we’re pulling the Sacramento Region out of the stay-at-home order.”


Gov. Newsom’s Twitter Announcement

“Hospitalization growth rates have slowed. ICU & positivity rates are stabilizing.

Today, the Sacramento region is coming out of the Regional Stay-at-Home Order.

Hopeful signs—but we must approach them cautiously. Wear a mask. Be safe. Avoid gathering.”

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COVID-19 Vaccinations:

The Placer County Public Health Division is coordinating COVID-19 vaccine efforts in alignment with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, the COVID-19 California Governor’s Vaccine Task Force, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Working Group.

Placer County is in the Phase 1a rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline healthcare workers, residents of skilled nursing facilities, and others in Tiers 1, 2, and 3 of Phase 1a. Public health staff are working diligently to distribute vaccines as quickly as possible based on both the federal and state guidelines for different phases and tiers. Placer County has a Vaccine Resources page and as more detailed plans are available, you can find them HERE.


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Contact information:

 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603 

Supervisor Cindy Gustafson: cindygustafson@placer.ca.gov

District Director Lindsay Romack: lromack@placer.ca.gov

District Aide Kelly McCaughna: kmccaughna@placer.ca.gov

Temporary Assistant District Aide Judy Friedman: jfriedman@placer.ca.gov