03/01/2021 - COVID-19 Situation Update



CONTACT:           Carma Roper, Public Information Officer croper@inyocounty.us              


March 1, 2021 – 4:00 P.M.


  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Information and updates regarding vaccine roll out continue to be posted to the Inyo County Vaccine Information webpage, https://www.inyocounty.us/covid-19/vaccine-information.  Inyo County is currently receiving 500 1st dose vaccines per week, which is being divided between the groups of individuals who are currently eligible for the vaccine:  Phase 1A medical workers; Phase 1B Tier 1 emergency responders, teachers and childcare workers, food and agriculture workers, and people aged 65 and over. Please make sure to register for your vaccine appointment at https://www.inyocounty.us/covid-19/vaccine-information and you will be contacted when an appointment is available. Residents without access to a computer can receive registration assistance by leaving their name and phone number on 760-873-3232, a member of our team will return your call the following Tuesday or Thursday from 8 am to 12 noon. For those who have computer access and have vaccination related questions please email them to vaccineinfo@inyocounty.us.  Email is strongly preferred over phone and will be answered more quickly.
  • COVID-19 Community Testing Change: The free community COVID-19 testing in Inyo County is transitioning to a new test provider as of February 28, 2021.  Under the new contract, testing days and times in Bishop and Lone Pine will change.  Updated community-based testing information:
    • Testing site information:
      • Bishop: Tri-County Fairgrounds, Tallman Pavilion

Monday and Thursday 8:00am – 4:00pm

  • LonePine: Statham Hall

Tuesday and Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Residents can register for testing at https://www.lhi.care/covidtesting. There will not be a phone-assisted registration option, but walk-ups will be accepted. As of February 28, the former website and testing company, Verily/ProjectBaseline, will no longer hold the State testing contract for community-based testing in Inyo County. Starting today, March 1, OptumServe will be responsible for operating the community-based testing sites in Bishop and Lone Pine.

  • Metabolic Studio Expands Inyo County Nonprofit Grant Program: Inyo County was recently notified that the Metabolic Studio has awarded the county a grant for $100,000 in support of the Community Resiliency Grant Program. The additional funding will allow the county to accept applications for a second round of grant awards. The deadline for applications for the second round of grants has been set for March 9, 2021. For more information including applications visit: https://www.inyocounty.us/covid-19/reopening-inyo-businesses/community-resiliency-grant

CRITICAL REMINDER - Failure to comply with Health Officer Orders places individuals and our community at increased risk of infection.Violation of Health Officer Orders may also result in a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment, fine, or both (Health and Safety Code §120295).

Statewide/ Federal Information, Action, & Recommendations

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data (03/01/21 – 3:00 pm)

  • State Outlines Equity-Centered Plan to Accelerate Access to COVID Vaccines for Education Workers: Beginning March 1, at least 10 percent of California’s vaccine supply will be dedicated to education workers – including teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, child care workers and site-based administrators.The State will be directing vaccines to counties and school communities weighted by equity, including the proportion of students from low-income families, English learners and homeless youth. In turn, education workers will qualify for vaccine prioritization based on occupational health exposure – whether they are currently reporting or will imminently report in person. As of January 2021, Inyo County has been and continues to vaccinate education workers, placing us ahead of the state in vaccination rates for education workers. For more information visit: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2021/02/25/working-to-get-kids-back-to-school-state-outlines-equity-centered-plan-to-accelerate-access-to-covid-vaccines-for-education-workers/