Information for Residents
COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, an outbreak of respiratory illness has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Municipality's top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of the public and our employees. Our focus is to maintain the essential services that our residents rely on.
Public health is the mandate of Alberta Health Services and the Province of Alberta. Visit alberta.ca for the most up to date info.
If you’re feeling unwell or have traveled recently
- If you start experiencing a fever or cough, even if it is mild, please self-isolate yourself immediately and call 8-1-1. Health Link officials at 8-1-1 will arrange testing
- A self assessment tool is available online through Alberta Health.
- Do not go to an emergency department, urgent care centre, or family doctor’s office for this assessment and testing.
- Limit attendance at public gatherings.
These steps are especially important if you have traveled outside of Canada recently.
If you are returning or visiting from outside of Canada, you are asked to self-isolate at home and closely monitor your health for 14 days. If you begin to experience flu like symptoms, please complete the online self assessment and follow the directions provided.
Preventing the spread of illness
To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19:
- stay home if feeling sick, as with standard health practices in flu season
- wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and make sure they are washed well, for at least 20 seconds
- clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs when coughing or sneezing
- dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible and wash your hands immediately
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands
- avoid close contact (within 2 metres) with people who are ill
- avoid large gatherings and situations with close contact where transmission is most likely
- do not visit seniors centres or health care facilities
- avoid travel outside Canada
- self-isolate for 14 days if returning from travel outside Canada or were exposed to COVID-19
- call 8-1-1 and self-isolate at home if you have traveled in the last two weeks and have flu like symptoms. Do not go to your health care provider; call 8-1-1 to arrange testing.
Things you can do to prepare
Alberta public health officials recommend the following ways to prepare:
Create a household plan of action. This can include these elements:
- Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan.
- Meet with family members, friends, neighbours and co-workers to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in Crowsnest Pass and how you can support each other.
- Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. This includes practical steps like ensuring you have sufficient medication (without bulk buying) and determining what supplies are needed, and if they can be delivered.
- Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources.
- Create an emergency contact list.
Practice good personal health habits and plan for home-based actions:
- Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms, as needed, when someone is sick.
- Plan for potential changes at your workplace.
- Learn about your employer’s emergency operations plan.
- Ask about what sick-leave policies and remote options are available if needed.
Stockpiling of goods is not recommended at this time. While it’s always best practice to have three days worth of supplies on-hand, people should avoid purchasing food and other materials in bulk due to the impact on suppliers and people who have day-to-day needs.