COVID-19 Information for Whitecourt

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.

All Albertans 5+ can get vaccinated.  COVID-19 vaccines help prevent you from getting infected and protect you from getting severely sick if you do get it. All vaccines are safe, effective and save lives.

Third doses are available to everyone 18+ and adolescents 12 to 17 with underlying health conditions.

Children 5 to 11 can get vaccinated in more places, including AHS walk-in clinics, pharmacies and participating doctors’ offices.

Book with an AHS clinic or pharmacy online, or call 811 or visit a walk-in clinic.

Masks are required to be worn in all indoor public spaces and workspaces effective Saturday, September 4 at 8am.  Posters are available at the Province's website for businesses wishing to post this information at their storefronts and entrances.

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.

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.

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