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Nevada City police chief promises full investigation of assaults at BLM rally

Nevada City officials released a statement censuring counter-protestors who showed up to a Black Lives Matter rally in Nevada City Sunday night and caused multiple confrontations, and promised to fully investigate the reports of assaults that took place.

“Over the course of the day, I have had the opportunity to review several different video clips of the conflict provided to me by the community,” Police Chief Chad Ellis said in the statement. “I was both appalled and disappointed by the behavior of the counter-protesters.”

Ellis noted the counter-protesters were waving Thin Blue Line flags as a show of support for the police, but said the actions and behavior did nothing more than put the community in danger and would “absolutely” not be tolerated.

In a Facebook post, local Back the Blue organizers stated they did not organize or promote Sunday’s counter-protest. While the post stated that the group does not condone violence, it also called the counter-protestors “local patriots” reacting to “a string of recent events of violence and vandalism in our community from proclaimed BLM/defund protesters.” Another local Facebook group, Patriots Pushing Back, released a statement Tuesday that it does not condone violence, adding. “Please do not assume any violent behavior that took place on Sunday was affiliated with either (Patriots Pushing Back) or the (Back the Blue) group.”

Ellis said he has launched an investigation into the incident and has assigned a special investigator to exclusively handle this case. Angela Ford, a reserve officer for the department, is a former investigator for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office and can be reached at Angela.Ford@nevadacityca.gov. Ellis added that he also has been in communication with Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell, who offered him any additional resources his department might need.

“I encourage anyone who was present at the protest and victimized by an assault, a theft, a vandalism or any other crime to please come forward and provide our investigator with a statement so we can seek criminal prosecution against those involved,” Ellis said.

“We will continue to review the video footage provided by the community as well as police body camera footage,” he said. “I appreciate the public reaching out to me with their concerns and firsthand accounts of what took place. It is my hope that with the correct course of action, we as a community will grow stronger.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, Ellis estimated three demonstrators had come forward to file reports and several more were scheduled to come in and give statements.

The police chief could not give a timeline for the completion of the investigation, noting it was a significant event.

“The investigation will take a while,” he said. “We’re taking a lot of statements and reviewing the evidence. There are hours and hours of video to sort through.”

Ellis said he was planning to release a statement later Tuesday refuting allegations that some of his officers were marching alongside, and in support of, the counter-demonstrators on Sunday. According to Ellis, the body camera footage contradicts the claims adding, “They were trying to keep people separated as best they could and keeping the peace.”

Local law enforcement speaks out

Grass Valley — whose police department arrested a suspect in the shooting of an Airsoft gun at Back the Blue demonstrators Saturday — also released a statement Monday.

“The City of Grass Valley will, at every opportunity, do its best to provide people with safe places to exercise their First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble,” its statement read. “The city is resolute in its commitment to prevent altercations between people based upon opposing thought, or even worse, out of hatred for people not known to one another.”

As part of its statement, Grass Valley urged demonstrators to reach out to the police department beforehand, “so that we can help facilitate your rights in a safe, lawful and respectful manner.”

The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office on Facebook promised to “zealously prosecute all those who break the law or seek to use fear, violence or intimidation to silence others” regardless of political viewpoints.

“As a community let’s join together and show everyone that the actions of a few bad actors do not represent our values,” the post stated.

And Sheriff Shannan Moon offered a statement via video, noting deputies also responded Sunday after 911 calls started coming in about violence toward the protestors.

“We are conducting after-action reviews to determine what we did well, and what we can do better,” Moon said. “If anyone present at the incident has concerns with how the Sheriff’s Office staff performed, please do not hesitate to contact our office and have a conversation.”

Moon asked anyone planning a rally in the unincorporated area of Nevada County to reach out to Community Outreach Sgt. Brandon Corchero at 530-265-1292.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lizk@theunion.com.

Vehicle theft suspect leads officers from Nevada City to Truckee

The suspect in a car chase who led officers from Nevada City to Truckee ran over three spike strips before getting the stolen vehicle stuck in a roundabout, the California Highway Patrol said.

And then a K-9 bit him on the elbow, authorities said.

Arnaldo Alonza Sanchez, 31, of Kerman, faces charges of vehicle theft, evading police, battery with serious bodily injury and receipt of known stolen property. Booked early Tuesday into the Nevada County Jail, he remained there that afternoon under $50,000 in bond, reports state.

Authorities say Sanchez stole the white F-450 utility pickup after seeing its driver leave it running in the Sacramento area on Monday. Sanchez got inside and drove off, public information officer Carlos Perez said.

Someone reported the truck stolen at 10:31 a.m. Monday. Grass Valley police spotted it at 10:56 a.m. near Nevada Street. They tried to stop it, but the driver fled on Highway 20 toward Truckee, Perez said.

“Fluctuating speeds between 55 and 65,” he added.

Officers placed a spike strip on Highway 20, near Interstate 80. The vehicle struck one spike, flattening a tire, though the driver reached I-80 and kept going. He hit a second spike strip near Castle Peak and a third by Donner Gate, Perez said.

“Three tires were out,” the officer said.

The chase ended when the driver, who’d exited onto southbound Highway 89, drove into a roundabout and got stuck. A K-9 bit the driver on his elbow, and the suspect — identified as Sanchez — was taken into custody, Perez said.

“Nobody else was hurt during the pursuit,” he added.

Alan Riquelmy is the city editor for The Union. He can be reached at ariquelmy@theunion.com or 530-477-4239.

New coaches take over Bear River High School boys’ basketball and cheerleading programs

At Bear River High School, two coaches will be taking on new positions in the lead roles of their respective programs — Jason Camacho is the new head coach for boys’ basketball, and Wendi Press will be coaching the cheerleading team.

Camacho, who has been coaching at the high school level for over 23 years, has been part of Bear River’s basketball staff for three years.

“I feel good about it,” said Camacho. “Some of the boys this year, I had coached them at the Junior Varsity level last year. I feel confident that the boys will do well.”

In the upcoming school year, Camacho plans to approach coaching with an emphasis on students enjoying their time playing, a priority he said is based in mindfulness of how the community has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I just want the boys to have fun this season,” said Camacho. “We’re just trying to get them ready and work on fundamentals, and we’ll see if they are going to have a season or not, but they will at least be ready to play some basketball.”

He has some logistical concerns regarding this year’s basketball season, which normally takes place in the winter, following the news that the California Interscholastic Federation has postponed football and other fall sports to later seasons. Students involved in multiple sports may find themselves managing conflicting schedules should there be unexpected overlap, a challenge he said will be an interesting learning experience for the team to navigate.

“I am excited to coach these young men, because they’re a good bunch of boys,” said Camacho.

As he takes on the job previously held by Ralph Lewis, who had coached at Bear River for over six years and died in May, Camacho said he sees in Bear River’s basketball players a drive to play in a way that would have made Lewis proud.

“These boys are looking to still play for Ralph. With what he accomplished, developed for them, and had done for them, I think the boys are taking all that to heart and want to do it for him this season,” said Camacho.

In an email, Bear River Athletic Director Scott Savoie wrote, “Jason brings a wealth of basketball coaching experience with him, including head coach experience at other schools, but his coaching experience separates him from others in his ability to relate, guide, and mentor the players he works with. We are lucky to have him.”

CHEERLEADING

Wendi Press, Bear River’s new cheerleading coach, said she is excited to return to the cheerleading program which she participated in when she attended Bear River. She now brings with her around 10 years of experience instructing and coaching several levels of cheerleading.

“It’s very familiar, and it gives me even more incentive to keep the program strong and enthusiastic,” said Press.

She plans to begin the upcoming school year with a proactive approach to preparing the cheerleading team for upcoming seasons, and said conditioning could begin as early as this week.

“We plan to do conditioning and training throughout this fall, obviously exercising the distancing required. There is a lot that we can work on and strengthen to be prepared for the winter football season,” said Press.

With regards to the priorities she would like to instill in the team, she said, “It’s very important as a cheerleader to remain focused, have school spirit, and be a role model. I find it’s very important for the kids to succeed academically but also train athletically, and find a good balance between the two.”

Press emphasized that she views camaraderie as highly important for the team this year.

“The world is an interesting place to be in right now, and I think they could really use a great foundation. So, my focus is to make them feel they have something secure that they can count on, and that the school and district is right behind them in trying to develop them as athletes,” said Press. She added that she would like to see the community become increasingly involved in Bear River’s sports programs.

“It takes the whole community to make the school feel supported, and we would love to see more people come out to support and understand all that goes into these programs,” she said.

In reference to Press, Savoie wrote, “We are always excited to hire alumni because their level of commitment to our school and community is at a different level.”

Victoria Penate is a staff writer for The Union. She can be reached at vpenate@theunion.com.

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Obituary for Mark Mehlman

Mark Mehlman

January 29, 1952 – August 1, 2020

Mark was born on January 29th, 1952 to Leroy and Gloria Mehlman in New York where he spent his childhood and early adult life before eventually making his way out West to California to spend the remainder of his days. Growing up Mark was a social butterfly who enjoyed surfing, playing the bass, and always making an impression on everyone who crossed his path. His love of music grew through the years and one day brought him behind the scenes and to the lighting board. He started working as a lighting designer on small shows and soon began to realize he had a natural talent and love for setting the mood through his artistry. He started his own business and made the journey to California where his business, Pacific Coast Stage Lighting, became not only his career but eventually his legacy.

While building his business he simultaneously played his most important role as a wonderful, loving father who doted on his only child, his daughter Cassidy. He continually told her that all of his efforts and hard work were for her and that nothing brought him more joy then to share the fruits of his labor with her. It was very easy to see the strong bond the two of them had. He spent many years working a crazy schedule but during his off season his happy place was at home where he would watch sports and yell at the tv, oftentimes raising his fist in the air at The Jets poor performance for yet another season.

Mark’s life was pretty consistent for years until he met his wife, Pam, who changed his life forever. They bonded over their love for music and each other and the rest was history. They were inseparable for almost 11 years and Mark had never been happier. She was the yin to his yang and everyone that met them figured they had known each other their whole lives because they just made so much sense. Although their time was cut short, they had a relationship that many people will never have in their lifetimes. Towards the end, Pam was his sole caretaker, always making sure she took the best care of him, as he did with her. Pam was the best thing to ever happen to Mark and all of his family (and extended family knew it).

Mark is survived by his wife, Pamela Mehlman, his daughter, Cassidy Josephson, his son-in-law, Ryan Josephson, his mother, Gloria Mehlman, his sister Deborah Cohn, his brother-in-law Joshua Cohn, his niece Samantha Sherman, his step-daughter, Candice Criswell, his step-son David Criswell, and his step-grandchildren Bubba, Amaya, Calee, Micah, David Jr., and Elizabeth. Mark is also survived by his chosen family who were with him when he passed Kayla Mumpower, Thomas Mumpower, Katie Carson and the many more that he considered a sister, brother, or family member during his beautiful journey of life.

Obituary for Bette Lee Chaires

Bette Lee

Chaires

August 12, 1927 – August 4, 2020

Bette Lee Chaires, aged 92 passed away August 4, 2020 at Golden Empire Nursing & Rehab, Grass Valley. Born August 12, 1927 in Cotton Plant, AR to Joseph Roscoe and Blanche E. (Niederhauser) Bennett. A graduate of Richmond High, Richmond, CA. A member for over 20 years of YLI at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Chaires is survived by her daughter; Beth Ann Russo of Oklahoma City, OK, Charlotte Chaires of Penn Valley and Bette Kathryn Chaires of Grass Valley, brother; Robert Bennett (Diane) of Benicia, CA and sister; Martha Bennett of Newman, CA, 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 6 great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 40 years; Chuck Chaires. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to Golden Empire Nursing & Rehab, Grass Valley. Arrangements are under the care of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.

‘Resiliency and adaptability’: Nevada County Fairgrounds to host virtual livestock, agricultural mechanics auction

The Nevada County Fairgrounds will be hosting the 2020 Nevada County Fair Online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction Thursday through Saturday.

The auction, normally an in-person event held as a part of the annual Nevada County Fair, has been transitioned online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting cancellation of the fair.

The event will open at 9 a.m. today and conclude with a 90-second closing interval for each lot, a process set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.

During the three days of bidding time, buyers will be able to bid on animals and projects as well as contribute guaranteed donations to the participating youth — an “Add On” bid to support an individual, or a “Community Pool” bid which will go toward all participants.

Once the auction begins Thursday morning, buyers will be able to log in, view all available lots, and begin bidding.

In a press release, fairgrounds staff described the auction as “(representing) the culmination of a long year of work and dedication by FFA, 4-H, and independent youth exhibitors.”

According to Fairgrounds CEO Patrick Eidman, there are 202 registered auction lots this year, consisting of 182 market animals and 20 agricultural mechanics projects. For comparison, there were 283 auction lots in 2019.

Over 100 new buyers have registered for this year’s auction, and there are over 1,000 existing or returning buyers.

“There are significantly fewer ag mechanics projects this year because the students didn’t have in-person access to the school shops after transitioning to online learning,” Eidman wrote in an email Monday.

Eidman said one of the biggest challenges in hosting the auction in this format has been communication with buyers regarding all of the changes involved, and distributing effective information on how to log into the auction to participate. Alternately, he said some buyers have expressed a preference for the new format, saying it gives them enough time to browse through and learn about projects before bidding on them.

In this year’s virtual format, rather than prepare an animal for display in a show ring, youth exhibitors produced 90-second videos and collections of photographs to show off their animal. Eidman said the participants took this new task in stride, almost all sending in well-done submissions and information on time.

“The exhibitors continue to amaze me with their resiliency and adaptability,” said Eidman.

River Valley Community Bank is the presenting sponsor of the auction, and more than 20 local businesses have also signed on as auction sponsors. Local agricultural nonprofits including the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, Nevada County Farm Bureau, Nevada County Resource Conservation District, Nevada County Ag Youth Boosters, Bear River FFA Boosters, and Nevada Union FFA Boosters each contributed time and fundsto the auction.

“The level of support has been significant enough that the Fair Board was able to drop the sales commission that is charged to facilitate the auction down to 1% from 6%, which is a major benefit to exhibitors in what has been a tough year,” said Eidman. “The outpouring of community support for the exhibitors and the online auction has been extraordinary and we are so appreciative.”

Victoria Penate is a staff writer for The Union. She can be reached at vpenate@theunion.com.

Nevada County has 357 COVID-19 cases

UPDATE on Aug. 11, 2020

Nevada County reported no new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

The county had 357 cases on Monday, with no change on Tuesday. Of those, 197 are in western county and 160 are in eastern county. There were 50 active cases on Tuesday, a decrease of five from the day before. There have been 306 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have grown sharply in the past few weeks. There were 183 cases on July 14, growing to 231 cases on July 21. July 28 saw 285. Aug. 4 had 316.

Records show that four people were hospitalized locally on Tuesday with COVID-19.

Of the 14,259 tests performed locally, 2.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 5,064,171 total cases, and 162,407 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on Aug. 10, 2020

Nevada County’s coronavirus cases leaped over the weekend, bringing the new total to 357, an increase of 35 from Friday.

Western county had 197 cases, and eastern county had 160. There were 55 active cases on Monday, a rise of 34 from Friday. There have been 301 recoveries, and one death.

New cases had slowed last week before the weekend’s jump. There were 183 cases on July 14, growing to 231 cases on July 21. July 28 saw 285. Aug. 4 had 316.

Records show three people were hospitalized locally on Monday with the coronavirus.

Of the 14,259 tests performed locally, 2.5% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 5,023,649 total cases, and 161,842 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on Aug. 7, 2020

The total number of coronavirus cases in Nevada County grew by one on Friday, bringing it to 322.

Western county had 166 cases, and eastern county had 156. There were 21 active cases on Friday, an increase of one from the day before. There have been 300 recoveries, and one death.

New cases have slowed this week, though they’ve continued to rise in the county. There were 183 cases on July 14, growing to 231 cases on July 21. July 28 saw 285. Tuesday had 316.

Records show that two people were hospitalized locally on Friday with COVID-19.

Of the 13,183 tests performed locally, 2.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 4,858,596 total cases, and 158,887 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on Aug. 6, 2020

Nevada County reached a total of 321 coronavirus cases on Thursday, a rise of four from the previous day.

Western county had 165 cases, and eastern county had 156. The county had 20 active cases on Thursday, a decrease of 10 from Wednesday. There have been 300 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have continued to rise in the county, though they’ve slowed this week. There were 183 cases on July 14, growing to 231 cases on July 21. July 28 saw 285. Tuesday had 316.

County records show one person was hospitalized Thursday with the virus.

Of the 13,183 tests performed locally, 2.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 4,802,491 cases, and 157,631 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on Aug. 5, 2020

The total number of Nevada County’s coronavirus cases reached 317 on Wednesday, an increase of one from the day before.

Western county had a total of 161 cases, and eastern county had 156. The county had 30 active cases on Wednesday, a drop of 31 from the prior day. There have been 286 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have risen sharply in the county over the past few weeks. There were 183 cases on July 14, growing to 231 cases on July 21. July 28 saw 285. Tuesday had 316.

County records show one person was hospitalized Wednesday with the coronavirus.

Of the 13,183 tests performed locally, 2.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 4,748,806 total coronavirus cases, and 156,311 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on Aug. 4, 2020

Nevada County on Tuesday reached a total of 316 coronavirus cases, an increase of four from the prior day.

Western county has maintained its lead of cases over eastern county, 161 to 155. It had 61 active cases on Tuesday, an increase of four from Monday. There have been 254 recoveries, and one death.

Cases continue to rise in the county. There were 151 on July 7, and 183 by July 14. They had grown to 231 cases on July 21. July 28 saw 285.

County records show no one was hospitalized Monday with the coronavirus.

Of the 13,183 tests performed locally, 2.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there have been 4,698,818 COVID-19 cases, and 155,204 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on Aug. 3, 2020

For the first time, western county has exceeded the eastern side in the number of COVID-19 cases for Nevada County.

Western county had a total of 158 cases on Monday. Eastern county had 154, for a countywide total of 312 — an increase of 13 from Friday.

There were 57 active cases on Monday, an increase of 13 from the prior week. There have been 254 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have kept rising in the county. There were 151 on July 7, and 183 by July 14. They had grown to 231 cases on July 21. July 28 saw 285.

County records show no one was hospitalized Monday with the coronavirus.

Of the 13,183 tests performed locally, 2.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, coronavirus cases have reached 4,649,102. There have been 154,471 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 31, 2020

Nevada County reached 299 total coronavirus cases on Friday, a rise of six from the day before.

Western county had 149 cases, and eastern county has 150. There were 44 active actives on Friday, an increase of six from the day before. There have been 254 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have kept rising in the county. There were 151 on July 7, and 183 by July 14. They had grown to 231 cases on July 21. Tuesday saw 285.

County records show one person hospitalized Friday with COVID-19.

Of the 12,346 tests performed locally, 2.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, coronavirus cases have reached 4,473,974. There have been 151,499 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 30, 2020

Nevada County’s total number of COVID-19 cases rose to 293 on Thursday, an increase of five from the previous day.

Western county has 143 cases, and eastern county has 150. There were 38 active cases on Thursday, an increase of three from the day before. There have been 254 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have kept rising in the county. There were 116 on June 30, growing to 151 by July 7 and 183 by July 14. There were 231 cases on July 21.

County records show one person hospitalized Thursday with the virus.

Of the 12,346 tests performed locally, 2.4% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, coronavirus cases have reached 4,405,932. There have been 150,283 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 29, 2020

The county’s total number of coronavirus cases climbed to 288 on Wednesday, an increase of three from the prior day.

Western county has 140 cases, and eastern county has 148. There were 35 active cases on Wednesday, a decrease of six from the day before. There have been 252 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have kept rising in the county. There were 116 on June 30, growing to 151 by July 7 and 183 by July 14. There were 231 cases on July 21.

County records show one person hospitalized Wednesday with the coronavirus.

Of the 12,346 tests performed locally, 2.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, COVID-19 cases have reached 4,339,997. There have been 148,866 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 28, 2020

Nevada County’s total number of COVID-19 cases reached 285 on Tuesday, an increase of 12 from the day before.

Western county has 139 cases, and eastern county has 146. There were 41 active cases on Tuesday, a decrease of one from the prior day. There have been 243 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have kept rising in the county. There were 116 on June 30, growing to 151 by July 7 and 183 by July 14. There were 231 cases on July 21.

County records state that one person was hospitalized Tuesday with the coronavirus.

Of the 12,346 tests performed locally, 2.3% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, coronavirus cases have reached 4,280,135. There have been 147,672 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 27, 2020

The total number of Nevada County coronavirus cases jumped to 273 on Monday, an increase of 18 from the prior week.

Western county has 128 cases, and eastern county has 145. There were 42 active cases on Monday, a climb of one from Friday. There have been 230 recoveries, and one death.

Cases continue to climb in Nevada County. There were 116 on June 30, growing to 151 by July 7 and 183 by July 14. There were 231 cases on July 21.

County records show one person was hospitalized Monday with COVID-19.

Of the 12,346 tests performed locally, 2.2% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, coronavirus cases have reached 4,225,687. There have been 146,546 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 24, 2020

Nevada County reached a total of 255 coronavirus cases on Friday, a rise of four from the previous day.

Western county has 116 cases, and eastern county has 139. There were 41 active cases on Friday, a rise of three from the prior day. There have been 213 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have continued to climb locally. There were 116 on June 30, growing to 151 by July 7 and 183 by July 14. Tuesday saw 231 cases.

County records show two people are hospitalized locally with the coronavirus.

Of the 11,373 tests performed locally, 2.2% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, COVID-19 cases have reached 4,024,492. There have been 143,868 deaths.

UPDATE on July 23, 2020

Nevada County’s coronavirus case number reached 251 on Thursday, a climb of nine from the day before.

Western county has 112 cases, and eastern county has 139. There are 38 active cases in the county, a drop of 45 from the previous day. There have been 212 recoveries, and one death.

Cases continue to climb locally. There were 116 on June 30, growing to 151 by July 7 and 183 by July 14. Tuesday saw 231 cases.

County records show two people are hospitalized locally with COVID-19.

Of the 11,373 tests performed here, 2.2% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, virus cases have reached 3,952,273. There have been 142,755 deaths.

UPDATE on July 22, 2020

Nevada County on Wednesday reached a total of 242 coronavirus cases, a rise of 11 from the previous day.

Western county has now hit 107 total cases. Eastern county has 135. There are 83 active cases in the county, a climb of 10 from the day before. There have been 158 recoveries, and one death.

Cases continue to rise in the county. There were 116 on June 30, growing to 151 by July 7 and 183 by July 14.

County records show one person is hospitalized locally with COVID-19.

Of the 11,373 tests performed here, 2.13% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, virus cases have reached 3,882,167. There have been 141,677 deaths.

UPDATE on July 21, 2020

The total number of coronavirus cases in Nevada County rose to 231 on Tuesday, a climb of three from the day before.

The total number of western county cases has reached 101. There are 130 cases in eastern county. There are now 73 active cases in the county, a rise of three from the previous day. There have been 157 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have continued to rise this month. There were 116 cases on June 30. That grew to 151 by July 7 and 183 by July 14.

County records show one person is hospitalized locally with the coronavirus.

Of the 11,373 tests performed locally, 2% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there have been 3,819,139 virus cases. There have been 140,630 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 20, 2020

Nevada County coronavirus cases jumped to 228 over the weekend, an increase of 24 since Friday.

The total number of western county cases is now 100. Eastern county has reached 128 cases. There are now 70 active cases in the county, a rise of 4 from Friday. There have been 157 recoveries, and one death.

Cases have continued to climb over the past few weeks. There were 116 cases on June 30. That grew to 151 by July 7 and 183 by July 14.

County records show one person hospitalized locally with the coronavirus.

Of the 11,371 tests performed here, 2% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 3,761,362 cases as of Monday, and 140,157 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 17, 2020

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Nevada County reached 204 on Friday, a rise of seven from the previous day.

The total number of western county cases has reached 88. There are 116 in eastern county. There were 66 active cases on Friday, a rise of three from the day before. The county has seen 137 people recover. There’s been one death.

Cases have been rapidly climbing over the past few weeks. There were 116 cases on June 30. That grew to 151 by July 7 and 183 by Tuesday.

County records show that no one is hospitalized locally with the coronavirus.

Of the 10,477 tests performed here, 1.95% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 3,555,877 cases as of Friday, and 137,864 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 16, 2020

Nevada County coronavirus cases jumped to 197 on Thursday, an increase of 12 from the day before.

The total number of cases in western county is 84. Eastern county has 113. There were 63 active cases on Thursday, a climb of 12 from the prior day. The county has had 133 people recover. There’s been one death.

Cases have been rapidly climbing over the past few weeks. There were 116 cases on June 30. That grew to 151 by July 7 and 183 by Tuesday.

County records show there are no people hospitalized because of the coronavirus.

Of 8,340 tests recorded by the county, 2.36% have tested positive.

Nationwide, there were 3,483,832 cases as of Thursday, and 136,938 deaths, according to the CDC.

UPDATE on July 15, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Nevada County grew to 185 on Wednesday, an increase of two from the previous day.

The county has totaled 75 cases in western county, and 110 in eastern county. There were 51 active cases on Wednesday, an increase of one from Tuesday. The county has counted 133 recoveries. There’s been one death.

State records show two people are hospitalized locally, with none of them in the intensive care unit. However, only 20% of the county’s ICU beds are listed as available, and 93% of its ventilators are open.

There have been 10,477 tests performed locally. Of those, 1.8% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there are 3,416,428 cases of the coronavirus. There have been 135,991 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 14, 2020

Nevada County’s number of coronavirus cases climbed to 183 on Tuesday, an increase of three from the day before.

The county has 74 cases in western county, and 109 in eastern county. There were 50 active cases on Tuesday, a drop of 14 from the day before. The county has 132 recoveries. There’s been one death.

State records show three people are hospitalized locally, though none are in the intensive care unit. The county has 42% of its ICU beds available, and 92% of its ventilators open.

There have been 10,477 tests conducted locally. Of those, 1.75% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there are 3,355,457 cases of COVID-19. There have been 135,235 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 13, 2020

Nevada County’s total number of COVID-19 cases grew to 180 on Monday, a climb of 17 from Friday.

The county has recorded 72 cases in western county, and 108 in eastern county. There are 64 active cases, a rise of 12 from Friday. The county has seen 115 recoveries. There has been one death.

State records show there is one person hospitalized locally, and no one in the intensive care unit. Forty-two percent of the county’s ICU beds are available, and 96% of its ventilators are open.

There have been 10,477 tests conducted locally. Of those, 1.7% have tested positive.

Nationwide, there are 3,296,599 cases. There have been 134,884 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 10, 2020

The number of Nevada County’s COVID-19 cases grew to 163 on Friday, an increase of four from the previous day.

Of the cases, 61 are from western county and 102 are from eastern. There are 52 active cases. The county has seen 110 recoveries. There has been one death.

Three people are in the hospital, one of whom is in the intensive care unit. Thirty percent of the county’s ICU beds are available, and 97% of its ventilators are open, state records show.

There have been 8,340 tests conducted locally. Of those tests, 1.95% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there are 3,106,931 cases. There have been 132,855 deaths, according to the CDC.

UPDATE on July 9, 2020

The total number of coronavirus cases in Nevada County reached 159 on Thursday, a climb of four from the day before.

Of those cases, 60 are in western county and 99 are in eastern. There are 48 active cases. Recoveries total 110. There has been one death.

State records show two people are hospitalized locally, one of whom is in the intensive care unit. Fifty percent of ICU beds are available, and 97% of ventilators are open.

There have been 8,340 tests performed in Nevada County. Out of those tests, 1.9% of people have tested positive.

Nationwide, there are 3,047,671 cases and 132,056 deaths, the CDC states.

UPDATE on July 8, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Nevada County grew by four on Wednesday, bringing the new total here to 155.

Sixty of the cases are in western county, with 95 in eastern county. There are 57 active cases. Ninety-seven people have recovered. There has been one death.

Two people were hospitalized Wednesday because of the coronavirus, with one of those in the intensive care unit. The county had 60% of its ICU beds available, and 100% of its ventilators available.

The state has 288,212 COVID-19 cases, and 6,659 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 3,046,351 cases and 132,195 deaths.

UPDATE on July 7, 2020

Coronavirus cases in Nevada County climbed to 151 on Tuesday, a rise of six from the previous day.

Fifty-six of the cases are in western county, and 95 are in eastern county. There are 53 active cases. Ninety-seven people have recovered. There has been one death.

Six people are currently hospitalized in the county because of the coronavirus, with one of them in the intensive care unit. Sixty percent of the county’s ICU beds are available, and 100% of its ventilators are available.

There are 273,662 cases in the state, and 6,460 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,948,397 cases and 130,430 deaths.

UPDATE on July 6, 2020

According to the most recent update to Nevada County’s coronavirus dashboard, there are 145 confirmed cases countywide, including 50 active cases.

Ninety three of these case are in eastern county and western county has 52 cases, an increase of eight cases since the previous update on July 3.

Seventy six of the county cases are people between the ages of 18-49. Thirty six cases are between 50-64 years old, 17 are over the age of 65 and 15 cases are age 17 and under.

There have been 8,340 tests conducted, an increase of 1,270 tests since July 3.

Ninety four patients have recovered.

According to the dashboard, 139, or more than 95%, of the cases are community-acquired, known person to person transmisson. Six cases are travel related.

Seventy-six cases are male and 69 are female.

UPDATE on July 3, 2020

Nevada County now has recorded 129 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase by six from 24 hours earlier.

Eighty five of the cases have been confirmed in eastern Nevada County, with an additional 44 in western Nevada County — five more cases from prior reporting.

According to the county’s coronavirus dashboard, 70 cases are among the 18-49 age group, 28 are between the age of 50-64, 18 are over the age of 65, and 10 cases are 17 or younger. Three cases are of unknown age.

A total 14 cases have been confirmed in the Grass Valley’s 95945 zip code, while the rest of the area zip code’s reportedly have less than 10 cases.

Forty five of the cases across the county are reported as active.

Eighty-three cases have recovered, while one person has died.

Countywide a total of 7,070 tests have been administered.

According to the county’s coronavirus dashboard, California now has 250,514 cases confirmed statewide, with 6,315 deaths.

The United States has confirmed 2,793,435 cases with 790,404 recoveries and 129,432 deaths.

UPDATE on July 2, 2020

Nevada County gained six new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing its total to 123.

Forty of the cases are in western county, and 83 in eastern county. There are 39 active cases. Eighty-three patients have recovered. One person has died.

There have been 7,070 tests given in the county.

COVID-19 cases have been on a steady climb since mid-June.

On June 16 there were 57 cases. On June 23 there were 92 cases. By Tuesday the number had grown to 116, climbing by one to 117 on Wednesday.

There are 242,856 cases in the state, and 6,208 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,735,339 cases and 128,677 deaths. There have been 781,970 recoveries.

UPDATE on July 1, 2020

Nevada County’s total number of COVID-19 cases grew by one on Wednesday, bringing the new total to 117.

There are 36 cases in western county, and 81 in eastern county. The county has 33 active cases. Eighty-three patients have recovered. There has been one death.

There have been 7,070 tests given in the county.

The number of coronavirus cases has spiked since mid-June. On June 16 there were 57 cases. On June 23 there were 92 cases. That grew to 108 by Sunday, 113 by Monday and 116 on Tuesday.

There are 237,019 cases in the state and 6,152 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,682,270 cases and 128,028 deaths. There have been 729,994 recoveries.

UPDATE afternoon June 30, 2020

Nevada County’s total number of coronavirus cases inched up by three on Tuesday, bringing the total to 116.

There are 38 cases in western county, and 78 in eastern county. Thirty-two of the cases remain active, and 83 have recovered. There has been one death.

There have been 7,070 tests administered in the county.

COVID-19 cases have steadily increased since June began. There were 41 cases throughout May. They grew to 50 by June 8, and 55 by June 15. They’ve more than doubled since.

There are 226,851 cases in California and 6,013 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,629,372 cases and 127,322 deaths. There have been 720,631 recoveries.

UPDATE morning June 30, 2020

Nevada County now has 113 coronavirus cases.

There are 36 cases in western county, and 77 in eastern county.

There are 29 active cases in the county. Eighty-three people have recovered. There has been one death.

UPDATE on June 26, 2020

Nevada County’s total COVID-19 case number grew to 108 on Friday, a rise of seven from the prior day.

There are now 34 cases in western county, and 73 in eastern county. The county has no stated explanation for the missing case.

Positive cases have grown quickly in June. The county had 41 cases throughout May.

There are 24 active cases in the county. Eighty-three people have recovered. There has been one death.

There have been 5,643 tests performed locally.

California has 206,552 cases and 5,868 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,467,510 cases and 125,045 deaths. There have been 670,809 recoveries.

Afternoon UPDATE on June 25, 2020

Nevada County on Thursday hit 101 coronavirus cases, reports state.

The climb of 10 from Wednesday is the second time the county has seen a double-digit daily increase. June 17 also saw an increase of 10.

There are 30 cases in western county, and 71 in eastern county.

The county had 41 cases throughout May, seeing a sharp increase this month.

There are 23 active cases, with 77 people recovered. There has been one death.

There have been 5,643 tests performed locally.

California has 197,589 cases and 5,751 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,452,567 cases and 125,796 deaths. There have been 663,562 recoveries.

UPDATE for June 25, 2020

Nevada County has revised its number of coronavirus cases to 91.

“As case investigations are conducted, we receive updated demographic information and will update that on our dashboard,” said Taylor Wolfe, an administrative analyst with the county, in an email.

The county has once before revised its COVID-19 number, when it discovered a patient didn’t live in Nevada County.

UPDATE for June 23, 2020

Nevada County now has 92 coronavirus cases, a jump of 10 from Monday.

Western county has 27 cases, and eastern county has 65.

Cases have spiked since June 1, when the county had 42. They grew to 50 by June 8, and 55 by June 15.

COVID-19 cases have grown by almost 40 since then.

There are 23 active cases, and 68 recoveries. There’s been one death.

There have been 5,643 tests performed locally.

California has 187,351 cases and 5,578 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,342,739 cases and 121,176 deaths. The number of recoveries is 647,548.

UPDATE on June 22, 2020

Nevada County on Monday identified its 82nd COVID-19 case, an increase of seven from Friday.

Fifty-eight of those cases are in eastern county. The other 24 are in western county.

The recent spike is the latest in a series of increases that began early this month.

The county had 42 cases on June 1, 50 on June 8 and 55 on June 15. The biggest jump in positive cases happened last Wednesday, when the county identified 10 new coronavirus patients in one day.

There are 26 active cases, and 55 recoveries. There has been one death.
There have been 5,643 COVID-19 tests performed locally.

California has 179,606 cases and 5,524 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,306,247 cases and 120,351 deaths. The number of recoveries is 640,198.

UPDATE on June 19, 2020

As of Friday, there are now 75 COVID-19 cases in Nevada County.

The county’s 55 cases on Monday inched up two on Tuesday, and climbed by another 10 on Wednesday for a total of 67. Four more cases were identified Thursday, with another four on Friday.

Eastern county has 54 cases. Western county has 21.

Fifty-one of the county’s cases have recovered. There are 23 active cases, and one death.

There have been 4,286 coronavirus tests performed in the county.

California has 169,695 cases, and 5,408 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,219,119 cases, and 119,086 deaths. The number of recoveries is 606,715.

UPDATE on June 18, 2020

There are now 71 COVID-19 cases in Nevada County.

The county’s 55 cases on on Monday inched up two on Tuesday, and climbed by another 10 on Wednesday for a total of 67. Four more cases were identified Thursday.

Eastern county has 51 cases. Western county has 20.

Fifty-one of the county’s cases have recovered. There are 19 active cases, and one death.

There have been 4,286 coronavirus tests performed in the county.

California has 164,841 cases, and 5,306 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,185,873 cases, and 118,334 deaths. The number of recoveries is 599,115.

UPDATE on June 17, 2020

There are now 67 COVID-19 cases in Nevada County.

The county’s 55 cases on Monday inched up two on Tuesday, and climbed by another 10 on Wednesday for a total of 67.

Eastern county has 47 cases. Western county has 20.

Fifty of the county’s cases have recovered. There are 16 active cases, and one death.

There have been 4,286 coronavirus tests performed in the county.

California has 162,079 cases, and 5,255 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,161,593 cases, and 117,694 deaths. The number of recoveries is 592,191.

UPDATE on June 16, 2020

There are now 57 COVID-19 cases in Nevada County.

The county’s 55 cases on on Monday inched up two on Tuesday, with the new cases being in western county.

Eastern county has 41 cases, unchanged since Monday.

Fifty of the county’s cases have recovered. There are six active cases, and one death.

There have been 4,286 coronavirus tests performed in the county.

California has 156,517 cases, and 5,139 deaths.

Nationwide, there are 2,134,973 cases, and 116,854 deaths. The number of recoveries is 583,503.

UPDATE on June 15:

There are now 55 COVID-19 cases in Nevada County, with 14 in western county and 41 in eastern county.

There are four active cases, though the county has not reported the location of those that remain active. Fifty cases have recovered. There has been one death.

UPDATE on June 8:

There are now 50 COVID-19 cases in Nevada County, with 12 in western county and 38 in eastern county.

There are seven active cases. Forty-two cases have recovered. There has been one death.

UPDATE June 4:

Nevada County is reporting 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The new case is in eastern county.

UPDATE on June 2

After going a month with no new cases, Nevada County saw seven new COVID-19 cases over two days this week.

The county now has recorded 48 cases of COVID-19. The seven new cases are in eastern county.

Records show that six of the cases are active, and 41 of them have recovered. There has been one death.

There have been 3,346 tests performed in the county.

Nevada County recorded its first case on March 16. At first the numbers climbed quickly, reaching 34 cases by April 7. The number reached 41 on April 29, holding steady until Monday, when it climbed to 42. Six new cases appeared Tuesday.

Across the state, 117,215 cases have been recorded. There have been 4,306 deaths as of Tuesday, county records show.

Nationwide, there have been 1,831,435 cases and 106,180 deaths. There have been 463,868 recoveries, records state.

UPDATE on May 6, 2020

Nevada County has 41 cases of COVID-19, with 12 in western county and 29 in eastern county. It has zero active cases, 40 recoveries and one death.

UPDATE on April 29, 2020

Nevada County now has 41 cases of COVID-19, with 12 in western county and 29 in eastern county.

UPDATE on April 23, 2020

Officials said they determined two cases were confirmed to be in nearby counties, hence the drop from 38 to 36.

UPDATE on April 21, 2020

Nevada County Public Health has confirmed its 38th COVID-19 case, an increase of two since the weekend.

There are 26 people in eastern Nevada County with the coronavirus, and 12 on the western side.

“As additional people are diagnosed with COVID-19, we will report the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nevada County on the County’s www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus website,” Nevada County Public Information Officer Taylor Wolfe wrote in press release.

“As we anticipate seeing an increase in diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County due to increased testing availability and the possibility of increased community transmission, the most important message we can keep sharing with our residents is that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others, and everyone should be following California’s Shelter-at-Home Order,” Wolfe wrote.

UPDATE on April 3, 2020

1st death linked to COVID-19 in Nevada County

Nevada County Public Health is reporting the first Nevada County death related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The person was an elderly eastern Nevada County resident who had underlying health conditions and previously tested positive for the coronavirus. 

“During this time, our thoughts are with the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased,” said Dr. Ken Cutler, Nevada County public health officer. “This is a tragic reminder of the seriousness of COVID-19. To slow the spread of this virus, we all need to stay inside as much as possible and severely limit person to person interactions, as hard as that is.”

Out of respect for the privacy of the family, Nevada County Public Health is not sharing further details.

Source: Nevada County

Nevada County supervisors vote down urgency COVID-19 ordinance

UPDATE at 5:54 p.m. Tuesday:

An urgency ordinance that would have made state and local COVID-19 orders enforceable by up to $8,000 in fines was defeated Tuesday.

The Board of Supervisors voted down the urgency ordinance after an initial vote to table it, brought by Supervisor Sue Hoek, did not pass. Supervisor Ed Scofield and Hoek voted against the ordinance, which needed four-fifths approval to pass.

“I’m very sorry and disappointed,” Board Chairwoman Heidi Hall said. “We will see where we will move forward from here.”

In an attempt to wrangle enough votes following the failed motion to table, supervisors amended the proposed ordinance by lowering and capping the fines and making explicit that the ordinance would not be used to enforce mask mandates for individuals.

Scofield, however, said the county’s COVID-19 situation has not risen to the level that requires the urgency ordinance, suggesting a regular ordinance might be more appropriate. He said because most businesses are now in compliance, there is no real urgency required.

“I would be open to it if we were put on the monitoring list,” Scofield said. “Then we would really need to take a look at it and it would probably be unanimous.”

Last Friday, an additional business, Calla Lily Crepes in Nevada City, was given a notice of violation for continuing indoor operations. Previously cited restaurants Sergio’s Caffe, Old Town Cafe, and Friar Tuck’s were working with the county on compliance and paying close to $5,000 each in fines, officials said Monday.

“The way we got compliance with the restaurants is we had a punishment mechanism,” said Kit Elliot, county counsel. “Outside of the restaurants the only (enforcement) mechanisms we have are therefore the state codes.”

The county will continue to enforce COVID-19 orders with the process they already have in place, but the urgency ordinance would have given them the tools to more efficiently police events as well, Community Development Agency Director Sean Powers said.

Scofield also took issue with how county staff weighed in on the board’s discussion, saying the decision should be made by the five board members.
According to Hall, the ordinance was brought forward at the request of staff to give them an enforcement tool of last resort. Some business owners who have been compliant with state orders also wanted the ordinance.

A similar ordinance was being worked on previously, but was not brought forward as businesses were in compliance, Hall said. The ordinance was then brought to the board at its July 28 meeting after some businesses were once again not in compliance, but was tabled to Tuesday’s meeting to add clarification and address misinformation.

The county received more than 500 public comments on the ordinance, with about 214 in support and 298 opposed.

To contact Staff Writer John Orona, email jorona@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

Initially posted:

An urgency ordinance that would have made state and local COVID-19 orders enforceable by up to $8,000 in fines was defeated Tuesday.

The Board of Supervisors voted down the urgency ordinance after an initial vote to table it, brought by Supervisor Sue Hoek, did not pass. Supervisor Ed Scofield and Hoek voted against the ordinance. It required a four-fifths vote to pass.

“I’m very sorry and disappointed,” Board Chairwoman Heidi Hall said. “We will see where we will move forward from here.”

In an attempt to wrangle enough votes following the failed motion to table, supervisors amended the proposed ordinance by lowering and capping the fines and making explicit that the ordinance would not be used to enforce mask mandates for individuals.

Scofield said the county’s COVID-19 situation has not risen to the level that requires the urgency ordinance, suggesting a regular ordinance might be more appropriate.

“I would be open to it if we were put on the monitoring list,” Scofield said.

The county will continue to enforce COVID-19 orders with the process they already have in place, but the urgency ordinance would have given them the tools to more efficiently police events as well, Community Development Agency Director Sean Powers said.

Emergency preparedness food and go-bags for seniors

For many, August is the “anxious” month. It’s the time when we think about fires, power outages and being prepared.

“We’re all concerned,” acknowledged Gold Country Senior Services executive director, Janeth Marroletti. “But for low-income seniors living at home, their anxiety can skyrocket, especially if they are frail and isolated. Part of our commitment is to help them be ready for an emergency.”

Last year’s power outages caught many older residents off guard, and many were left without a flashlight, food and water. This year, however, thanks to volunteers and generous donations, basic necessities will be made available to those 60 and over who qualify.

Beginning August 19, from noon to 1 p.m. five-day supplies of emergency meals will be delivered to home bound seniors who are part of the Meals on Wheels program. These same meals will be available for drive-through collection at the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd. in Grass Valley.

The packets of assorted meals, milk and juice can be easily stored on cupboard shelves.

“Since they only require minimum preparation, they’re ready for action whenever they’re needed,” Marroletti explained.

Vital as it is, food is only part of what’s in each emergency go-bag. When clients look inside, they’ll find a mask, an evacuation tag, and a flashlight with batteries, as well as educational materials — all part of the The Listos (Ready) California Emergency Preparedness Campaign and the Ready Nevada County booklet.

Those who would like to sign up to collect their emergency meals and go-bag are welcome to contact the GCSS staff at 530-273-4961. Requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Gold Country Senior Services has been supporting the health, wellness and independence of western Nevada County’s older residents since 1976. In addition to expanding their nutrition and firewood programs, plans are underway for the nonprofit agency to open a long-overdue Senior Center in Grass Valley. For more information, visit http://www.goldcountryservices.org.