COVID-19 UPDATE – DECEMBER 11, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE – JANUARY 7, 2021

The measures announced in December to help bend the curve and protect our health care system from being overwhelmed have been extended for two weeks.

These measures will be in place until at least January 21, 2021.

  • Masks are mandatory in all public places
  • All indoor and outdoor social gathering is not permitted
  • Non-essential travel is discouraged
  • Out-of-town visitors cannot stay in other people’s homes while these restrictions are in place
  • Faith services are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance
  • Working from home is mandatory when physical presence is not required
  • Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of 5 customers
  • All restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes are closed to in-person service. Take out, curbside pickup and delivery services are allowed.
  • All entertainment businesses and entities must close
  • All indoor recreation facilities must close
  • All personal and wellness services must close
  • Regulated health services can remain open by appointment only as long as public health orders and sector guidance is followed. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services.
  • Professional services can remain open by appointment only
  • Social services can remain open for in-person services
  • Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges may remain open but must follow restrictions
  • Further restrictions to performance activities include dancing, singing, theatre and playing wind instruments (see https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx for details)
  • Group physical activities, including team sports, fitness classes and training sessions, are prohibited or restricted across Alberta
  • Maximum 10 people at weddings and funerals, they must be held in a public place, and no receptions are permitted.

Visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx for a list of retail services, entertainment businesses and entities, indoor recreation facilities, personal and wellness services, health, social and professional services included in the restrictions listed above.

Changes in place for the Municipality

  • All Municipal recreation facilities will be closed, with the exception of Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill which will remain open with COVID-19 protocols in place.
  • The Municipal office will remain open for limited transactions, no in-person meetings are being scheduled at this time. We are asking all residents to limit all non-essential visits to the Municipal office that cannot be completed by phone or email, please consider using telephone or online banking to pay your bills and using digital methods to submit any documents.
  • Municipal Council and Municipal Planning Commission meetings will continue to take place at the MDM Community Centre with COVID-19 protocols in place.
  • The Crowsnest Community Library will be closed, however curb-side pick up will once again be offered. Visit www.crowsnestpasslibrary.ca for details.
  • RIDECrowsnest ridership will be restricted to trips for essential services only, including: Medical appointments, Pharmacy visits, Post office visits, Grocery shopping, Bank Visits, Work/Employment 
    • Please note this list is not all-inclusive.  If you need to make a trip and are unsure if it qualifies as essential, call Kim Lewis at 403-563-2207 for clarification.

 

Current Situation

All Albertans should continue acting responsibly: keep your distance, limit your cohorts, monitor your symptoms, stay home if sick and get tested.

Public health is the mandate of Alberta Health Services and the Province of Alberta. Visit alberta.ca for the most up to date info. 

Keep yourself informed from other credible sources of information, such as Alberta HealthHealth Canada and the World Health Organization.

Symptoms

You should get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptom.

If you have any of these core symptoms, you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they are gone, whichever is longer:

  • Fever
  • Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

If you have any of these other symptoms, you should stay home and limit contact with others until your symptoms are gone:

  • Chills
  • Painful swallowing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite)
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye

Monitor your health and call Health Link 811 or your health care provider if you have questions or concerns. Call 911 immediately if experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness.

Preventing the spread of illness

Although public health measures are in place to quickly identify potential cases, all Albertans must take personal steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Steps you can take

To protect yourself and others:

  • wear a mask over your mouth and nose
  • practice physical distancing
  • wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • avoid travel outside Canada
  • watch for COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat

Albertans are legally required to isolate for:

  • 14 days if you recently returned from travel outside of Canada or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of symptoms, should they occur, whichever is longer
  • 10 days minimum if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer

If you have symptoms, take the online assessment to arrange testing

Practice physical distancing

Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. It can help you reduce the risk of getting sick.

This is not the same as self-isolation. You do not need to remain indoors, but you do need to avoid being in close contact with people.

We are asking all Albertans to practice physical distancing to help protect themselves and limit the spread of COVID-19.

To protect yourself and others:

  • keep at least 2 metres (about the length of a hockey stick) distance from people outside your household or cohort group
  • limit the number of times you leave your home for errands; try to limit grocery store visits to once a week
  • try to have only one person in the household do the shopping
  • try to shop at less busy times
  • order online to have groceries or other items delivered if possible
  • go for a walk in your neighbourhood or park while maintaining distance from others
  • avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces
  • follow Alberta’s mandatory restrictions on gatherings
  • wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces

See more ways to help prevent the spread.

#COVIBOOK - Helping Children Understand

Alberta municipalities have been given permission to share #COVIBOOK — a free resource created to "support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19," according to its author Manuela Molina.

"This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. My recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share #COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo's anxiety all over the world."

Manuela Molina, Author

 To download and print a copy of the book, visit www.mindheart.co/descargables

The information provided on this page is from alberta.ca/covid19 as of October 14, 2020.