Press Release - COVID-19 Update for Whitecourt November 5, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases are increasing in our community and across the province. Recognizing how COVID-19 is impacting Whitecourt and our region, community members are asked to remain vigilant in mitigating the risk of getting sick or spreading COVID-19.
How you can help
People must continue to practice physical distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of getting sick. To protect yourself and others:
- Keep at least 2-metres distance from people outside your household or cohort group. Maintaining a cohort is extremely important as it keeps the same people together, rather than mixing and mingling, which helps reduce a person’s chance of getting sick. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer recently recommended that a person should limit themselves to no more than 3 cohorts (i.e. personal, work, sports, school, etc.).
- Wear a mask in public when distancing is not possible.
- Follow Alberta’s guidelines for gatherings and keep family visits, friend gatherings and group outings small within your designated cohorts.
- Practice good hygiene by washing or sanitizing your hand often, and avoid touching your face.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick.
For more information on how you can help prevent the spread visit the Government of Alberta’s website at www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx#toc-3.
Whitecourt’s continued monitoring and response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Town of Whitecourt Emergency Coordination Centre, which has been active since March 2020, continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic across Alberta. Whitecourt has a continuity plan in place to ensure essential services, such as water service and road maintenance, continue in our community uninterrupted.
In consideration of rising case numbers, a Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw will be forwarded to Council for review and consideration. Similar to other municipalities, it is proposed that should the Province move Whitecourt to a “watch” status, it would be mandatory for members of the public to wear face coverings in indoor public places. A “watch” status requires two indicators: at least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases per 100,000. The proposed bylaw is scheduled to be reviewed and deliberated at the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m.
COVID-19 information and updates are publicly available on the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites: