There isn’t much to say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said. From the coronavirus to the Jones Fire to protests in the streets, this has been a turbulent year for Nevada County residents.
The following five news stories received the most page views online this year.
1. Nevada County Public Health reports first confirmed case of COVID-19
In March, Nevada County Public Health reported the first case of COVID-19 had been confirmed in an adult residing in eastern Nevada County.
The person, who was not identified, had acquired COVID-19 through international travel. The person, along with members of their household, went into quarantine. Nevada County Public Health reported the person was “not out in the community while ill.”
“Our team has been planning to see COVID-19 in Nevada County and we have been working with local partners such as local health providers, schools, and business community to prepare,” said Nevada County Public Health Officer Dr. Ken Cutler at the time. “We have seen how the virus has been transmitted through the community in other states and in parts of California, and we recommend the public prepare for community transmission in Nevada County, unrelated to this case, as well.”
Gov. Gavin Newson ordered the first state-wide stay-at-home order a few days after Nevada County’s first confirmed coronavirus case.
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2. Jones Fire prompts evacuations west of Nevada City, closure of section of Highway 49
The Jones Fire burned 705 acres, destroyed 21 structures — including the Sierra Streams Institute’s laboratory and office space — and caused the evacuation of thousands of people.
A Single Engine Air Tanker drops a load of retardant on the fire.
The fire also destroyed many areas of the Independence Trail, including several wooden flumes, the overlook platform, benches,