Lake Tahoe Sees Closures Among Troubling Covid-19 Spike

by Jack T. Wilder

South Lake Tahoe has a problem. Over the past few weeks, an alarming spike in Covid-19 infections has taken place in El Dorado County according to CBS 13 Sacramento.

County leaders held an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss ways to enforce masks and social distancing. Locals who live along with the lake point to tourists and outsiders coming in as the source of the problem.

“I think we’re going to see a lot of change, I hope,” said Suzanne Wright, a beachgoer at Lake Tahoe reflecting on the County’s proposed new efforts.

Lake Tahoe Officials: What Are They Doing?

South Lake Tahoe officials decided Wednesday to close all boat ramps to slow down the influx of outside visitors to the lake. The town has 17 percent of the county’s population but a lopsided tally of more than 50 percent of the county’s 292 positive cases.

Officials have not been able to trace exactly where the new cases are coming from as some people refuse to cooperate.

“Not everybody is happy to get our a phone call,” town official Carla Hass said.

Despite the COVID-19 spike, the American Century Championship Golf tournament will stay on course and tee off this week at Edgewood Tahoe South, bringing in some big-name celebrities from around the country; and one guesses, more outsiders potentially spreading the virus even more. But organizers said there will be no spectators allowed on the course and all proceeds from the event will be donated to COVID-19 relief.

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