Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 1

Placer County District 5 Newsletter | May 1

Statewide Stay At Home Order and Phased Reopening- Take Care of Yourself and Others.

As of tomorrow, May 2, Placer County’s local health order will expire and residents will be guided by the governor’s Executive Order to stay at home. This transition will allow us to focus on planning for a phased reopening in partnership with local governments, health care, business and other stakeholders, as well as regional and state partners.

At our next Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 5, we will also be discussing adopting a Resolution requesting the Governor acknowledge and allow counties to craft local guidelines to address a phased reopening.

As we all know, the goal of staying at home is to flatten the curve—to avoid a large number of cases all at once that would overwhelm the health care system and result in deaths that could have been prevented if cases were spread out over time. The current numbers demonstrate that staying at home has helped slow the spread of COVID-19 in Placer County. Thank you again for doing your part to ensure that our friends and neighbors who were in need of medical care were able to receive the care necessary.

While the local order is ending, area residents still need to stay at home. Governor Newsom’s statewide order remains in effect until further notice. The governor’s Executive Order permits critical workers in 13 sectors to work, and allows people to leave their homes for necessities such as food, medications and health care.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the state order can be found at Placer County will continue to receive questions about the state order from local businesses and residents, and will work to synthesize and address these with the state. Businesses that remain open as permitted under the governor’s order are still asked to adhere to physical distancing protocols provided on the county’s guidance page at The health officer’s recommendation to wear face coverings when maintaining six feet of physical distance in public is not possible also remains in effect.

Placer County Public Health is focused on working with partners to build local capabilities necessary for an eventual and safe reopening. The state’s six indicators have been identified by Governor Newsom as:

  • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
  • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
  • The ability of the hospital and health system to handle surges;
  • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
  • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

Placer County has created sector-specific task forces to ensure the reopening of our county is managed effectively within public health guidance protocols. The task forces will coordinate with the state, county departments, local cities, chambers of commerce, and business associations as well as our non-profit partners to share information and develop health and safety guidelines to assist all sectors of our community.

The governor has announced four stages around how California may modify the statewide stay-at-home order in the future, as part of a “Resilience Roadmap.” State leaders made clear that California is still in stage 1, and movement to the second stage will be a statewide shift and not a local decision.

THANK YOU AGAIN for everything you are doing. I appreciate the feedback you have shared with me and my staff and I look forward to continuing to work for you. Remember, we are STRONGER TOGETHER.

– Cindy Gustafson, District 5 Supervisor

 Survey on Reopening Impacts Coming Monday

We want to hear from you! On Monday, Placer County will be releasing a Flash Vote Survey to find out how the transitioning to reopening will affect you. If you haven’t signed up for Flash Vote, please do so HERE so we can get your thoughts next week.

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