Press Release - COVID-19 Update for Whitecourt August 17, 2021
As announced by the Province on August 13, the Government of Alberta has extended select public health restrictions to September 27, 2021.
Some public health measures were set to expire on August 16; however, the Province has decided to keep specific restrictions in place for another six weeks.
Measures that will remain in place until September 27 include:
- Mandatory masking orders in publicly accessible transit, taxis and ride shares. This includes school buses.
- Mandatory isolation for 10 days for those with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result.
- Testing at assessment centres for any symptomatic individual.
For further information on current public health guidelines currently in place throughout Alberta please visit www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
Albertans aged 12 and over are encouraged to book their first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines help prevent you from being infected, and protect you from getting severely sick if you do get it. All vaccines are safe, effective, and save lives.
- Provincially, 67.9% of 12+ population is fully vaccinated.
- Locally, Whitecourt’s vaccination rate is lower than the Provincial average, with only 49.1% of 12+ population fully vaccinated.
The provincial government has compiled information on each of the vaccines available to Albertans, and a listing of facts about the vaccine program on its website. Information is available at www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine-myths-and-facts.aspx