COVID-19 Information for Whitecourt

 

With novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases being confirmed in Alberta, the Town wants to ensure the public has access to updated information about this virus.  COVID-19 information and updates are publicly available on the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites: 

What is the Town of Whitecourt doing?

The Town of Whitecourt continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic across Alberta, and has adjusted operations per the direction and recommendation of the Province of Alberta.  

As this is an evolving situation the Town’s knowledge of COVID-19 continues to grow as new information becomes available, and any new evidence will inform us on any future actions.  The public is encouraged to monitor the Town’s website and Facebook page for any future updates regarding COVID-19.

Provincial Restrictions

As of July 1, Albertans are now free to gather indoors and outdoors; places of worship and businesses can  operate at full capacity; the provincial mask mandate is repealed; and, people can safely get back to doing all of the activities they enjoy.

Limited measures remain in effect to protect continuing care and acute care settings, and to offer additional safeguards until all Albertans have had the opportunity to receive their second dose of vaccine.

  • Masking will continue to be required in limited and specific settings:
    • Public transit, taxis and ride sharing. 
    • Continuing care and acute care settings.
    • Albertans may wish to consider individual risk factors and choose to wear masks in other public indoor settings. 
  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are still required to isolate for 10 days.
  • Close contacts of confirmed cases are still required to quarantine. Quarantine length continues to be based on vaccination status.
  • Protective measures in continuing care settings remain in effect.

Health officials have created a general guidance document (General guidance for COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses) for all sectors to help Albertans safely transition into Stage 3.

Vaccine Information

Those 12+ can book to get their vaccination.   For details visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx

Help prevent the spread

Community members are asked to continue to be vigilant in following preventative health practices, including physical distancing, cohorting, good hand hygiene, staying home when sick, and increased cleaning of surfaces.  For tips on how you can protect yourself and others visit www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx.

COVID-19 information and updates are publicly available on the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites:

Information Links

Business Resources - Economic Support and Recovery

There are a number of new and existing resources that are available to local businesses that will provide support at this time.  Whitecourt, the Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce, and Community Futures Yellowhead East have compiled information links on this page to provide easy access to our community.  To access the resources click here.

COVID-19 Updates for Whitecourt

It's a priority of the Town of Whitecourt to keep the community informed on the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the ongoing health and safety of our community. 

How you can help

To protect yourself and others:

  • 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

When out in public, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. You do not need to remain indoors, but you do need to avoid being in close contact with people.  This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • Keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others when going out for groceries, and other essential needs,
  • Limit the number of times you leave your home for errands,
  • Try to shop at less busy times,
  • Wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces.

If you are self-isolating:

  • Stay at home – do not attend work, social events or any other public gatherings.
  • Avoid close contact with other people, including household members but especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Don’t take public transportation, like buses, taxis or ride sharing.
  • Watch for symptoms.

For more information visit www.alberta.ca/self-isolation.aspx.

Enforcement of provincial health measures

Through the amendments to the Procedures Regulation under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act, community peace officers, in addition to police, will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health order.

  • Fines administered through tickets for violating an order are $2,000 per occurrence
  • Courts will also have increased powers to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations.

Albertans who witness/are aware of individuals who are not following self-isolation orders are to:

  • Take proper precautions and, if possible, distance yourself from the individual to limit your risk of exposure if they have symptoms.
  • If possible, remind the person that not following public health orders is against the law and puts people at risk.
  • Notify local law enforcement immediately of any individuals who are not following the self-isolation orders by submitting a complaint online at https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/.

The Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are working with local enforcement agencies to manage complaints.

Family & Community Supports and Services

It is important to know where you can turn if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Help is available to Albertans dealing with family violence, partner abuse, sexual violence, child abuse, elder abuse, pet abuse, or financial abuse.

We all play a role in learning where to turn to for help. Please consider sharing these supports among your personal and professional networks.

  • Read and share – Family violence during COVID-19 info sheet
  • In case of emergency, call 911. Police and emergency responders will continue to respond throughout the pandemic, even to those in quarantine. 
  • Family Violence Info Line
    • anonymous support from trained staff:
      • Call 310-1818 | 24/7 | 170+ languages
      • Chat online alberta.ca/SafetyChat | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily | English
    • Other supports and services for those experiencing family violence