COVID-19 November Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Tuesday November 17, 2020 – to be updated as warranted
The M.D. of Smoky River, towns of Falher & McLennan, villages of Donnelly & Girouxville in coordination with the Smoky Region Emergency Services are closely following the lead from the Province on the issue of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We would like to ensure clear and concise information is available.
Alberta implemented Targeted Public Health Measures on November 13th in communities on an enhanced list – where outbreaks are most worrisome. The hope is to avoid more restrictive measures in those communities, and throughout the province, as well as to protect our health care system while keeping schools and businesses open. The remainder of the province including our five municipalities remain under Stage 2 guidance area rules. Residents are reminded that many restrictions are still in place and that although businesses may be allowed to open, they may choose to remain closed especially if staff are symptomatic.
Covid-19 virus did not “disappear”, there have continued to be active cases in the province since the pandemic began, and currently the number of positive cases in the province is higher than at any other point in time. This is not the time to be complacent. All residents need to continue to take precautions including maintaining physical distancing, wearing face masks when physical distancing is not possible, washing and sanitizing hands and surfaces that are frequently touched, avoiding crowds and situations where physical distances can not be maintained.
Area businesses may continue to limit the number of people within their establishments to allow for proper physical distancing. Please respect staff’s direction and requests, these restrictions are in place to protect everyone.
Individuals who have cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat symptoms are to isolate for at least 10 days, complete the self-assessment and get tested for COVID-19.
If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat, you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer.
Current restrictions under the Stage 2 re-opening in Alberta include:
- Gatherings are limited to 50 people for inside gatherings and 100 for outside gatherings or indoor seated/audience events, unless otherwise indicated by Public Health Order. See all business and gathering restrictions here, gatherings must maintain 2 metre distancing
- Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for returning international travellers or close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19.
- Mandatory 10-day self-isolation for people with symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
- If you, or a person you are responsible for experiences COVID-19 symptoms you must self-isolate for at least 10 days.
To protect yourself and to help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, as well as the flu and common cold:
- Wash your hands often and well, use sanitizer whenever possible
- Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid any contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- Cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands
- If you must go out in public, keep your distance – stay 2 metres from other people
To view up-to-date information and statistics on COVID-19 in Alberta please visit the Government of Alberta Website: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
To view information and apply for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (if revenue loss of at least 50% due to the Covid Pandemic occurred) visit www.alberta.ca/bizconnect
Stage 2 re-opening information: https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx
Covid-19 Self-Assessment: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx
COVID-19 self-assessment for healthcare and shelter workers, enforcement personnel and first responders: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/HWAssessLanding.aspx
Mass gatherings and business restrictions https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings-and-businesses.aspx