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State & County Updates

Updated April 19, 2021


El Dorado County is currently in the orange tier. Restaurants, gyms, retail stores, movie theaters, hair salons, barbershops and personal care services can operate indoors with modifications. Visit California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy for more information.

Public health officials require Californians to wear masks or cloth face coverings in most settings outside the home. And many industries are required to have workers wear a mask while on the job.

More information about California's Reopening Plan, including information about what is open, including county-specific variances can be found on California's COVID-19 Website.

  • El Dorado County - More information about COVID-19 in El Dorado County, including the number of positive cases and county testing sites, can be found on El Dorado County's Website.
  • South Lake Tahoe - The City of South Lake Tahoe is strongly encouraging anyone visiting Tahoe to wear masks, use proper hand washing and sanitizing techniques, and keep themselves and the people around them safe. Additional information is available on the City of South Lake Tahoe's website.
  • When planning a trip to South Lake Tahoe, visitors are encouraged to be responsible and follow the guidelines as recommended with the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.


Statewide mitigation measures are in effect, including capacity limitations based on industry, public gathering capacity maximums and a mandatory face mask/ covering policy for anyone in any public space throughout the state, including visitors.

Information about COVID-19 in Nevada, including what's open under the current reopening phase, can be found on the Nevada Health Response website.

  • Quad County (Carson City, Douglas, Storey & Lyon Counties) - Quad County officials provide information regarding testing, positive cases and state guidelines on their coordinated Quad Counties Public Health website.


  • Can I get a vaccine?
    COVID-19 vaccinations are available to eligible individuals based on a phased approach developed by your public health department.
  • What is Physical Distancing?
    Physical distancing is a practice recommended by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of contagious diseases. It requires the creation of physical space between individuals who may spread certain infectious diseases. The key is to minimize the number of gatherings as much as possible and to achieve space between individuals when events or activities cannot be modified, postponed, or canceled. Achieving space between individuals of approximately six feet is advisable. Additionally, there is a particular focus on creating space between individuals who have come together on a one-time or rare basis and who have very different travel patterns such as those coming from multiple countries, states or counties.
  • Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?
    Generally, no. There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a laboring mother, a minor who is under 18 or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance. For most other situations, expect visitation to these kinds of facilities to be limited except at the end-of-life. This is difficult, but necessary to protect hospital staff and other patients.
  • Is your hospital open? What if I have an emergency? Can I see my doctor?
    Barton Memorial Hospital, Emergency Department, Urgent Care, and specialty care offices are open, safe and here for you in your time of need. If you have a medical emergency, please do not delay care. We are following strict CDC guidelines to ensure that both our patients and staff are safe. If you need to talk with your doctor about non-emergent symptoms, please call your provider's office and they will arrange for a virtual visit or to see you in person.
  • Do I need to wear a mask?
    Yes, per California and Nevada state orders, face coverings are now required in public spaces.

    Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Specific information, including masking guidelines are available from the California Department of Public Health and/ or the State of Nevada.

    The CDC also recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms, we recommend you stay home and call our COVID-19 healthline: 530.600.1999.
  • What should I know about contact tracing?
    If you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you may be contacted by a public health worker from your state or local health department in an effort to help slow the spread of the disease. Be aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare Number or financial information. More information can be found at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
  • Can I gather with friends or family outside of my home?
    We caution gatherings of people outside your primary residence. If you do gather, it's recommended that you limit the gathering to as few people as possible, like one other family. Gather outside, maintain a 6-foot distance at all times and wear masks.
  • Can I still exercise? Take my kids to the park for fresh air? Take a walk around the block?
    Yes. So long as you are maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from people who aren’t part of your household, it is okay to go outside in your neighborhood for exercise, a walk or fresh air. Please be advised that some parks may be closed.
  • Can I walk my dog? Take my pet to the vet?
    You can walk your dog. You can go to the vet or pet hospital, and please follow their safety guidelines. Remember to distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.
  • Can people still go hiking or visit State Parks?
    Californians can walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods as long as they continue to practice social distancing of 6 feet. This means avoiding crowded trails & parking lots. Everyone has the responsibility to “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” by maintaining a social distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors, and staying home if they are sick. If people cannot maintain physical distancing, they need to leave the park. Californians should not travel significant distances for pleasure or recreation and should stay close to home.
  • Can I travel?
    You can travel for urgent matters or if such travel is essential to your permitted work. Even though businesses around the state are opening up, avoid travelling long distances for vacations or pleasure as much as possible. This is to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Do not travel if you are sick, or if someone in your household has had coronavirus in the last two weeks. Do not travel with someone who is sick. Other FAQs about visiting the Lake Tahoe region can be seen on Take Care Tahoe's Website.
  • Can I visit my second home?
    Please only travel with household members and practice physical distancing and personal hygiene on your way to and while in Lake Tahoe.
  • Should public events be cancelled?
    To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health has determined that all non-essential gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until further guidance is issued by the California Department of Public Health.
  • Can I get COVID-19 from my pets or other animals?
    The CDC is aware of a small number of pets, including dogs and cats, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. Only a few of the pets reported to be positive showed signs of illness.

    Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a possible infection:
    • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
    • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
    • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.
    • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
    • There is a small number of animals around the world reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after having contact with a person with COVID-19. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.