May 4, 2021 – The weekly update by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) shows Nevada Count firmly ensconced in the Red Tier of the state’s blueprint.

The state average is 4.2 new positive COVID-19 cases per day per 100,000 people – Nevada County has 10.7 daily cases per 100K over the latest 7-day period in CDPH’s statistics. The statistics are based on results from week ending April 24, 2021. 

Nevada County is one of only 12 counties remaining in the red tier. Graphic by CDPH
Nevada County is one of only 12 counties remaining in the red tier. Graphic by CDPH

Today, a new Public Health vaccination clinic opened at the Sierra College Grass Valley campus. Now, vaccination appointments will be available six days a week in Nevada County. The clinic is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Appointments for the entire month of May are currently available at The clinic at Sierra College administers the Moderna vaccine to anyone age 18 and over. The clinic at Whispering Pines is administering the Pfizer vaccine to anyone 16 and over.

“I want to emphasize the importance of remaining cautious, and of getting vaccinated,” Public Health Officer Dr. Kellermann stated in a news release on Friday. “It’s the only way to contain this pandemic.”

Statewide updates by CDPH

Today CDPH updated its November 16, 2020 face coverings guidance to align with the latest CDC guidance. Face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events when physical distancing is not possible. For small outdoor gatherings, fully vaccinated persons are not required to wear face coverings while unvaccinated persons do. Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required indoors with a few exceptions.

Updated Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons

CDPH also updated the April 15, 2021 guidance for fully vaccinated persons to clarify that Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards related to the quarantine of fully vaccinated individuals applies to workplaces that are not healthcare settings. Fully vaccinated people can spend time with other fully vaccinated persons from a single household who are at low-risk for severe COVID-19 disease, including indoors, without wearing a face covering or physically distancing. Follow the updated face coverings guidance.

On June 15, California will fully reopen its economy across the state if:

  • There is enough vaccine supply for Californians 16 years and older to be vaccinated
  • Hospitalizations rates remain stable and low, especially among fully vaccinated Californians

Common sense health measures, including wearing masks will continue. Testing and vaccination requirements will remain for some businesses and industries. [source: CDPH]