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Monday, March 30, 2020 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Whitecourt - March 30, 2020

The Town of Whitecourt continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic across Alberta, and has been adjusting operations to meet the changing needs of our community.

Public Transit

On Wednesday April, 1,2020, peak transit service will be suspended until further notice.  Hourly service during the week will continue to operate as scheduled, as well as weekend service. Updates on the status of the transit service will continue to be posted on TransLoc as well as the Town of Whitecourt’s Facebook page and at website at www.whitecourt.ca.   

Passes and ticket books can be purchased at IGA and also in person on the bus from a Transit Driver (exact cash is required as change cannot be provided).

Facility Closures and Service Changes

For a complete listing of facility closures and service changes visit www.whitecourt.ca/COVID-19.

How you can help

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.

Physical distancing is different than self-isolation.  Albertans are legally required to self-isolate for:

  • 14 days if you returned from international travel or are a close contact of a person with COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of symptoms, should they occur.
  • 10 days 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.

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 https://www.alberta.ca/self-isolation.aspx

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

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