In pandemic, it’s ‘us versus them’

By Lizzie Johnson : sfchronicle – ecxerpt

When Nevada County outside of Lake Tahoe became a coronavirus hot spot, tensions grew between year-round locals and those escaping cities

TRUCKEE — The coronavirus pandemic at first seemed impossibly distant to residents of the hamlets ringing Lake Tahoe.

It was winter, and snowdrifts pillowed the Sierra Nevada. The novel virus seemed to be contained to urban places like San Francisco and Los Angeles, or as far removed as Wuhan, China. Besides, people in this mountain town are hardy — the type used to hunkering down.

“I think there was a bit of hope and thinking that, ‘Oh, we’re our own little place, and it’ll never get here, and we’ll be fine,’” said Truckee Mayor Dave Polivy, 42.

That wasn’t the case…(more)

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