Coronavirus spread is accelerating in El Dorado County, but one area is largely driving the surge.

The Lake Tahoe region, led by the city of South Lake Tahoe with about 22,000 permanent residents and sparsely populated areas like Meyers and Tahoma, account for nearly half the 198 COVID-19 cases across the county.

With approximately 192,000 residents countywide, the Lake Tahoe area, partially driven by its worldwide tourist appeal, outpaces its share of coronavirus infections.

During an El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, county Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams said, “The South Lake Tahoe area is the most worrisome to us on the county basis right now.”

The Tahoe area’s plight has county officials considering a “regional approach” to mitigating coronavirus spread.

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