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Yosemite National Park Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Yosemite National Park
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast
Today: Sunny. Highs 69 to 77 at 5000 feet...56 to 66 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Clear. Lows 48 to 58 at 5000 feet...38 to 47 at 8000 feet.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 72 to 78 at 5000 feet...57 to 67 at 8000 feet.

Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:
Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass

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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY

Free COVID-19 Testing
Testing is available in Yosemite Valley on Mondays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the Yosemite Valley Emergency Services Complex (9034 Lost Arrow Rd).

Testing is available in El Portal on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed 2:00-3:00 pm for lunch). The testing site is located at the El Portal Community Center.

The park's testing provider is OptumServe/LHI. Testing is available for people of all ages, including children 3 and up with their parents/guardians present, as long as the children can tolerate the test. Registering in advance is strongly advised, though space for some walk ins may be available. It is easy to sign up online or by phone.

There are 100 appointments available each testing day. Register online for your OptumServe test here: https://lhi.care/covidtesting. It will take several minutes to complete your initial registration. You can also register by calling 888-634-1123.

OptumServe testing also remains available in Mariposa from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm (closed 11:30 - 1:00 for lunch) break) Tuesdays through Saturdays. Testing is also available in Groveland.

It continues to be recommended for anyone working in close contact with high volumes of the public to continue to get tested frequently. For those who have been fully vaccinated, it is recommended to get tested between every two weeks to at least once a month. For those who have not yet been fully vaccinated, or for those who work in healthcare/EMT or other close-contact positions, it is recommended to get tested every 7-14 days.

If you have been traveling out of your home area or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended to get tested within 4-6 days of returning from travel or from the date of the COVID-19 exposure. (J. Richards)
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Yosemite GIS User Group Monday
​​The next (virtual) meetup for parkwide GIS users is Monday, May 10 from 10 to noon. These bimonthly meetups are a chance to share and hear about what GIS users across the park are working on. The knowledge fair portion (approx. 11-noon) will include presentations about utilities mapping, making 508 compliant maps, and image or logo thumbnail tips and tricks. All park employees interested and/or involved in GIS are invited to attend. Email yose_gis_support@nps.gov to request a calendar invitation. (E. Hale)

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RECENT NEWS

4 Mile Trail & JMT Ice Cut Now Open
For more information go to https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/valleyhikes.htm (P. Johnson/M. Hastings)
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Tioga Road Administrative Access
Tioga Road is open for administrative access and travel. This means employees and contractors on official business only. Please close and lock the gate anytime you enter or exit the Tioga corridor. Also be aware that the road still has some patches of potential black ice and Maintenance crews may still be doing work on portions of the road, so drive carefully. (J. Filosa/K. Killian)

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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS

Wawona Road Biomass Removal
Contractors are removing biomass along Wawona Road between Wawona and the South Entrance. Delays up to 15 minutes may occur. Biomass removal is part of an ongoing project to reduce fuel loading along road corridors and to prepare for prescribed or wildland fires. Material is sent to co-gen facilities where it is converted to electricity. Email garrett_dickman@nps.gov for more information. (G. Dickman)
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Bridalveil Falls Project Traffic Control Update 3/5/21
There will be 15 minute delays from 0700 to 0830 and up to 30 minute delays from 0830 to 1730 on Southside Drive between Pohono Bridge and the Wawona Road junction. Contractors will be completing utility work in the roadway as part of the Bridalveil Falls project. The Bridalveil Fall parking lot and trails are closed to visitation to allow for ongoing rehabilitation work. NPS crews are currently constructing a new accessible trail and making other trail and site repairs. Contractor work consisting of utility upgrades and parking lot and bus platform improvements will continue through May 2021. (P. Johnson)
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Tree Trimming In El Portal
Valley Forestry has begun residential trimming and hazard reduction in Rancheria and Old El Portal. Surveyors will be assessing trees. They will be followed by climbing crews performing work. This work will focus on reducing dead wood in trees and minimizing removal of green limbs unless absolutely necessary. Requests for hazard evaluation can be sent to brian_see@nps.gov. Thanks for being patient with Forestry vehicles affecting traffic. (B. See)
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El Portal Warehouse Roof Replacement
Replacement of the roofing membrane on the El Portal Warehouse roof is expected to continue through the spring, and possibly the summer. This project includes replacement of four of the large HVAC units on the roof, as well as the deteriorated joint sealant on the tilt-up concrete wall panels on the exterior walls, and demolition of an obsolete solar system. Crews will be working both on the roof and around the exterior of the building on lifts. They will try to keep all entrances open, but there may be periodic interruptions. (K. White)