VCREMP COVID – 19 Update: April 1st, 2020

April 1, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Update 17 (New Information in BLUE)

Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partners are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta. The latest Government of Alberta media releases can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/news.aspx

All Vulcan County Fire Halls are closed to the public until further notice. The municipal offices of Vulcan County, the villages of Arrowwood, Carmangay, Champion, Lomond and Milo remain closed to the public while business operations are continuing. The Town of Vulcan municipal office remains open, however, we are urging the public to use municipal websites, email and telephone to answer their inquiries.

With increasing numbers of confirmed cases, it is imperative to follow proper personal hygiene and cleaning practices. Please follow these guidelines and watch your municipal websites for further updates.

Citizens not exhibiting symptoms, or requiring mandatory self-isolation are still strongly encouraged to limit outings to a minimum and stay home.

Cases in Alberta and Vulcan County

The Government of Alberta is taking aggressive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Given modelling provided by Alberta Health Services, current projections don’t expect the pandemic to peak until well into April and Albertans are asked to be vigilant.

On April 1, 117 new cases (DUE TO BACKLOGGED TESTING) have been confirmed bringing the total to 871. Two (2) fatalities has resulted from COVID-19 bringing that number to eleven (11). A total of 53,141 Albertans have been tested. There have been a total of 142 recoveries to date.

There continue to be no confirmed cases within Vulcan County or the urban municipalities within its region, although testing has been undertaken for those with symptoms. Vulcan County is in the Calgary Health Zone.

Support for Albertans

For those in financial distress, Emergency financial assistance programs are available and information can be found online. Some local programs are also available through Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).

The Government of Alberta has introduced rent controls that prohibit evictions before May 1, 2020, or increasing rents until the State of Public Health Emergency has been lifted.

A dedicated team of mental health professionals are available at the Mental Health Help Line by dialing 1-877- 303-2643 or the Addiction Help Line by dialing 1-866-332-2323.

Text4Hope sends subscribers text messages of support and encouragement to ease stress or anxiety. Albertans can text COVID 19 Hope to 393939 to subscribe. Take the time to connect with family and friends digitally or over the phone.

Alberta Connects Contact Centre is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Albertans can call toll-free from anywhere in the province by dialing 310-4455 for general information about the Government of Alberta and its response to COVID-19, or for help contacting individual program areas. This line cannot provide medical advice. Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.

Information for Businesses

  • The new restrictions are now in place for the following classifications of businesses:
  • Close contact businesses including:
    • hair salons and barbershops, tattoo and piercing studios, esthetic services;
    • wellness studios and clinics and non-emergency and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals including dentistry, physiotherapy, massage, podiatry, chiropractic and optometry services.
    • Dine-in restaurants will no longer be able to offer service. Take-out and delivery services will continue to be available.
    • Non-essential retail services that fall into the categories of clothing, computers and gaming stores, and services in shopping malls and shopping centres such as hobby and toys, gift and specialty items and furniture.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce the public health orders to assist Alberta Health Services in enforcing Alberta’s Public Health Act, as well as the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s orders in relation to:

  • Prohibiting persons in the province from attending:
    • Schools, daycares (with some exemptions for core service workers) and post-secondary institutions;
    • Mass gatherings of more than 15 attendees; o Public recreational facilities;
    • Bars and nightclubs;
  • Requiring self-isolation from:
    • An individual returning to Alberta from outside of Canada;
    • A close contact of an individual who is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or probably infected with COVID-19; and
    • An individual with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or nasal congestion.

Consequences

  • Anyone putting their families, their neighbours, or other Albertans at risk will face consequences.
  • Through 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 orders.
  • Fines administered through tickets for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 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.
  • These are aggressive measures that we do not take lightly, but they are necessary to keep us all healthy and safe.

Isolation

    • The rules around mandatory self-isolation have recently changed to better protect all Albertans. Under the new rules, anyone under mandatory self-isolation must stay indoors and may only go outside on their own private property – meaning their year or balcony if it’s at least two metres from their neighbour’s.
    • If you are in mandatory self-isolation, you must follow these steps:
      • Do not go to school, work, other public areas or community settings.
      • Do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park. This includes children in mandatory self-isolation.
      • You can get fresh air in your backyard, if you have one, but must remain on private property not accessible by others.
      • If you live in an apartment building or high-rise, you must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairwells to go outside. If your balcony is private and at least two metres away from your closest neighbour’s, you may go outside on the balcony.
      • Avoid close contact with other people, including household members, and especially seniors and those with chronic conditions, or a compromised immune system.
    • Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has changed the rules around self-isolation to align with the rules under the federal Quarantine Act, which requires any Canadian under mandatory self-isolation to remain on their property for the duration of the self-isolation time.

811 Health Link

Once again, people experiencing symptoms are to take the online self-assessment.

As a further reminder, 811-health link is for those who are feeling ill and seeking advice. DO NOT call 811 to report non-compliance of Public Health Orders; these can be reported to the Environmental Health Complaint Link or by calling (403) 943-2288.

Local Programs and Initiatives

Vulcan County – Health & Wellness Foundation

Vulcan – Medical Recruitment

Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society

Above information sourced from:
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6980324A5B1B0-BC2C-40A8-A6AD9E30E3189425

VCREMP COVID – 19 Update: March 31st, 2020

March 31, 2020

Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partners are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta. The latest Government of Alberta media releases can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/news.aspx

All Vulcan County Fire Halls are closed to the public until further notice. The municipal offices of Vulcan County, the villages of Arrowwood, Carmangay, Champion, Lomond and Milo remain closed to the public while business operations are continuing. The Town of Vulcan municipal office remains open, however, we are urging the public to use municipal websites, email and telephone to answer their inquiries.

With increasing numbers of confirmed cases, it is imperative to follow proper personal hygiene and cleaning practices. Please follow these guidelines and watch your municipal websites for further updates.

Citizens not exhibiting symptoms, or requiring mandatory self-isolation are still strongly encouraged to limit outings to a minimum and stay home.

Cases in Alberta and Vulcan County

The Government of Alberta is taking aggressive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Given modelling provided by Alberta Health Services, current projections don’t expect the pandemic to peak until well into April and Albertans are asked to be vigilant.

On March 31, 64 new cases have been confirmed bringing the total to 754. One (1) fatality has resulted from COVID-19 bringing that number to nine (9). A total of 48,692 Albertans have been tested. There have been a total of 120 recoveries to date.

There continue to be no confirmed cases within Vulcan County or the urban municipalities within its region, although testing has been undertaken for those with symptoms. Vulcan County is in the Calgary Health Zone.

Support for Albertans

For those in financial distress, Emergency financial assistance programs are available and information can be found online. Some local programs are also available through Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).

The Government of Alberta has introduced rent controls that prohibit evictions before May 1, 2020, or increasing rents until the State of Public Health Emergency has been lifted.

A dedicated team of mental health professionals are available at the Mental Health Help Line by dialing 1-877- 303-2643 or the Addiction Help Line by dialing 1-866-332-2323.

Text4Hope sends subscribers text messages of support and encouragement to ease stress or anxiety. Albertans can text COVID 19 Hope to 393939 to subscribe. Take the time to connect with family and friends digitally or over the phone.

Alberta Connects Contact Centre is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Albertans can call toll-free from anywhere in the province by dialing 310-4455 for general information about the Government of Alberta and its response to COVID-19, or for help contacting individual program areas. This line cannot provide medical advice. Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.

Information for Businesses

  • The new restrictions are now in place for the following classifications of businesses:
  • Close contact businesses including:
    • hair salons and barbershops, tattoo and piercing studios, esthetic services;
    • wellness studios and clinics and non-emergency and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals including dentistry, physiotherapy, massage, podiatry, chiropractic and optometry services.
    • Dine-in restaurants will no longer be able to offer service. Take-out and delivery services will continue to be available.
    • Non-essential retail services that fall into the categories of clothing, computers and gaming stores, and services in shopping malls and shopping centres such as hobby and toys, gift and specialty items and furniture.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce the public health orders to assist Alberta Health Services in enforcing Alberta’s Public Health Act, as well as the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s orders in relation to:

  • Prohibiting persons in the province from attending:
    • Schools, daycares (with some exemptions for core service workers) and post-secondary institutions;
    • Mass gatherings of more than 15 attendees; o Public recreational facilities;
    • Bars and nightclubs;
  • Requiring self-isolation from:
    • An individual returning to Alberta from outside of Canada;
    • A close contact of an individual who is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or probably infected with COVID-19; and
    • An individual with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or nasal congestion.

Consequences

  • Anyone putting their families, their neighbours, or other Albertans at risk will face consequences.
  • Through 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 orders.
  • Fines administered through tickets for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 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.
  • These are aggressive measures that we do not take lightly, but they are necessary to keep us all healthy and safe.

Isolation

  • The rules around mandatory self-isolation have recently changed to better protect all Albertans. Under the new rules, anyone under mandatory self-isolation must stay indoors and may only go outside on their own private property – meaning their year or balcony if it’s at least two metres from their neighbour’s.
  • If you are in mandatory self-isolation, you must follow these steps:
    • Do not go to school, work, other public areas or community settings.
    • Do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park. This includes children in mandatory self-isolation.
    • You can get fresh air in your backyard, if you have one, but must remain on private property not accessible by others.
    • If you live in an apartment building or high-rise, you must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairwells to go outside. If your balcony is private and at least two metres away from your closest neighbour’s, you may go outside on the balcony.
    • Avoid close contact with other people, including household members, and especially seniors and those with chronic conditions, or a compromised immune system.

811 Health Link

Once again, people experiencing symptoms are to take the online self-assessment.

As a further reminder, 811-health link is for those who are feeling ill and seeking advice. DO NOT call 811 to report non-compliance of Public Health Orders; these can be reported to the Environmental Health Complaint Link or by calling (403) 943-2288.

Local Programs and Initiatives

Vulcan County – Health & Wellness Foundation

Vulcan – Medical Recruitment

Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society

Above information sourced from:
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6980324A5B1B0-BC2C-40A8-A6AD9E30E3189425

VCREMP COVID – 19 Update: March 30th, 2020

March 30, 2020

Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partners are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta. The latest Government of Alberta media releases can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/news.aspx

All Vulcan County Fire Halls are closed to the public until further notice. The municipal offices of Vulcan County, the villages of Arrowwood, Carmangay, Champion, Lomond and Milo remain closed to the public while business operations are continuing. The Town of Vulcan municipal office remains open, however, we are urging the public to use municipal websites, email and telephone to answer their inquiries.

With increasing numbers of confirmed cases, it is imperative to follow proper personal hygiene and cleaning practices. Please follow these guidelines and watch your municipal websites for further updates.

Cases in Alberta and Vulcan County

The Government of Alberta is taking aggressive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Given modelling provided by Alberta Health Services, current projections don’t expect the pandemic to peak until well into April and Albertans are asked to be vigilant.

On March 30, 29 new cases have been confirmed bringing the total to 690. Five (5) fatalities has resulted from COVID-19 bringing that number to eight (8). A total of 46,057 Albertans have been tested.

There continue to be no confirmed cases within Vulcan County or the urban municipalities within its region, although testing has been undertaken for those with symptoms. Vulcan County is in the Calgary Health Zone.

Support for Albertans

For those in financial distress, Emergency financial assistance programs are available and information can be found online. Some local programs are also available through Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).

The Government of Alberta has further restricted mass gatherings, restricting groups of no more than 15. It is believed that physical distancing has halved the projected spread of COVID-19 in British Columbia and will do the same in Alberta.

The Government of Alberta has introduced rent controls that prohibit evictions before May 1, 2020, or increasing rents until the State of Public Health Emergency has been lifted.

Automobile access to provincial parks and recreation areas has been restricted to encourage self-isolation.

A dedicated team of mental health professionals are available at the Mental Health Help Line by dialing 1-877- 303-2643 or the Addiction Help Line by dialing 1-866-332-2323.

Text4Hope sends subscribers text messages of support and encouragement to ease stress or anxiety. Albertans can text COVID 19 Hope to 393939 to subscribe. Take the time to connect with family and friends digitally or over the phone.

Alberta Connects Contact Centre is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Albertans can call toll-free from anywhere in the province by dialing 310-4455 for general information about the Government of Alberta and its response to COVID-19, or for help contacting individual program areas. This line cannot provide medical advice. Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.

Information for Businesses

  • Non-essential businesses are suspended immediately, including retail and dine-in restaurant service. This includes: gift and specialty stores; jewellery and accessories; non-essential health and beauty care; luggage; art and framing; mens’, ladies’ and children’s wear; shoes; bridal; computers and gaming; hobby and toy; photo, music and books; sporting goods.
  • The list of what constitutes Essential Services has been expanded. Unless a public health order or local authority directive has specifically identified a business or activity to cease—and being listed on the Essential Services list—then the business or activity can and should continue.
  • We are strongly encouraging businesses and employers to take this opportunity to review their own business continuity plans and consider how they would lower the risk of the spread of infection in the workplace.
  • Appropriate steps include making sure staff are familiar with continuity plans and processes are in place in case of a community disruption.
  • Payment deferral programs are being introduced to assist businesses with immediate cash flow.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce the public health orders to assist Alberta Health Services in enforcing Alberta’s Public Health Act, as well as the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s orders in relation to:

  • Prohibiting persons in the province from attending:
    • Schools, daycares (with some exemptions for core service workers) and post-secondary institutions;
    • Mass gatherings of more than 15 attendees; o Public recreational facilities;
    • Bars and nightclubs;
  • Requiring self-isolation from:
    • An individual returning to Alberta from outside of Canada;
    • A close contact of an individual who is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or probably infected with COVID-19; and
    • An individual with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or nasal congestion.

Consequences

On March 25, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued orders under the Public Health Act to legally require returning travelers to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Alberta. This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Those who violate the self-isolation orders:

  • Can be fined by community peace officers and police $1,000 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 of public health orders.

Isolation

Albertans are legally required under public health order to self-isolate for:

  • 14 days if they returned from international travel or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
  • 10 days if they have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
  • Expect new restrictions on domestic travel effective March 30 to deny rail and air service to individuals exhibiting symptoms.

811 Health Link

Once again, people experiencing symptoms are to take the online self-assessment.

As a further reminder, 811-health link is for those who are feeling ill and seeking advice. DO NOT call 811 to report non-compliance of Public Health Orders; these can be reported to the Environmental Health Complaint Link or by calling (403) 943-2288.

More Informatio

Vulcan County – Health & Wellness Foundation

Vulcan – Medical Recruitment

Above information sourced from:
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6980324A5B1B0-BC2C-40A8-A6AD9E30E3189425

VCREMP COVID – 19 Update: March 29th, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Update 14 (green text indicates new information)

Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partners are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta. The latest Government of Alberta media releases can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/news.aspx

All Vulcan County Fire Halls are closed to the public until further notice. The municipal offices of Vulcan County, the villages of Arrowwood, Carmangay, Champion, Lomond and Milo remain closed to the public while business operations are continuing. The Town of Vulcan municipal office remains open, however, we are urging the public to use municipal websites, email and telephone to answer their inquiries.

With increasing numbers of confirmed cases, it is imperative to follow proper personal hygiene and cleaning practices. Please follow these guidelines and watch your municipal websites for further updates.

Cases in Alberta and Vulcan County

The Government of Alberta is taking aggressive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Given modelling provided by Alberta Health Services, current projections don’t expect the pandemic to peak until well into April and Albertans are asked to be vigilant.

On March 29, 40 new cases have been confirmed bringing the total to 661 with 41 hospitalized, 14 in intensive care units and 73 recovered. Another fatality has resulted from COVID-19 bringing that number to 3. A total of 44,999 Albertans have been tested.

Comparing this to the previous day, Alberta confirmed 54 new cases on March 28, bringing the total to 621 with 38 hospitalized, 12 in intensive care units and 53 recovered. A total of 42,527 Albertans were tested.

There continue to be no confirmed cases within Vulcan County or the urban municipalities within its region, although testing has been undertaken for those with symptoms. Vulcan County is in the Calgary Health Zone.

Support for Albertans

For those in financial distress, Emergency financial assistance programs are available and information can be found online. Some local programs are also available through Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).

The Government of Alberta has further restricted mass gatherings, restricting groups of no more than 15 from the previous limit of no more than 50. It is believed that physical distancing has halved the projected spread of COVID-19 in British Columbia and will do the same in Alberta.

The Government of Alberta has introduced rent controls that prohibit evictions before May 1, 2020, or increasing rents until the State of Public Health Emergency has been lifted. More information is available online.

Automobile access to provincial parks and recreation areas has been restricted to encourage self-isolation.

A dedicated team of mental health professionals are available at the Mental Health Help Line by dialing 1-877- 303-2643 or the Addiction Help Line by dialing 1-866-332-2323.

Text4Hope sends subscribers text messages of support and encouragement to ease stress or anxiety. Albertans can text COVID 19 Hope to 393939 to subscribe. Take the time to connect with family and friends digitally or over the phone.

Alberta Connects Contact Centre is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Albertans can call toll-free from anywhere in the province by dialing 310-4455 for general information about the Government of Alberta and its response to COVID-19, or for help contacting individual program areas. This line cannot provide medical advice. Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.

New isolation timelines are now in effect. For those who are sick, the isolation timeline has changed from 14 days to 10 days, following the onset of symptoms, and only if the individual is feeling well by day 11. Those who have been exposed or are returning to Canada but do not have symptoms will still have to isolate for 14 days. Isolation must continue 10 days from the onset of any symptoms. Those not experiencing symptoms are reminded they can still go outside, but this must be limited to activities such as walks, where the individual remains two metres away from others not in their household.

Information for Businesses

  • Non-essential businesses are suspended immediately, including retail and dine-in restaurant service. This includes: gift and specialty stores; jewellery and accessories; non-essential health and beauty care; luggage; art and framing; mens’, ladies’ and children’s wear; shoes; bridal; computers and gaming; hobby and toy; photo, music and books; sporting goods.
  • The list of what constitutes Essential Services has been expanded. Unless a public health order or local authority directive has specifically identified a business or activity to cease—and being listed on the Essential Services list—then the business or activity can and should continue.
  • We are strongly encouraging businesses and employers to take this opportunity to review their own business continuity plans and consider how they would lower the risk of the spread of infection in the workplace.
  • Appropriate steps include making sure staff are familiar with continuity plans and processes are in place in case of a community disruption.
  • Payment deferral programs are being introduced to assist businesses with immediate cash flow.
  • More information is available online at alberta.ca/COVID19.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce the public health orders to assist Alberta Health Services in enforcing Alberta’s Public Health Act, as well as the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s orders in relation to:

  • Prohibiting persons in the province from attending:
    • Schools, daycares (with some exemptions for core service workers) and post-secondary institutions;
    • Mass gatherings of more than 15 attendees;
    • Public recreational facilities
    • Bars and nightclubs;
  • Requiring self-isolation from:
    • An individual returning to Alberta from outside of Canada;
    • A close contact of an individual who is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or probably infected with COVID-19; and
    • An individual with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or nasal congestion.

Consequences

On March 25, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued orders under the Public Health Act to legally require returning travelers to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Alberta. This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Those who violate the self-isolation orders:

  • Can be fined by community peace officers and police $1,000 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 of public health orders.

Isolation

Albertans are legally required under public health order to self-isolate for:

  • 14 days if they returned from international travel or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
  • 10 days if they have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
  • Expect new restrictions on domestic travel effective March 30 to deny rail and air service to individuals exhibiting symptoms.

811 Health Link

Once again, people experiencing symptoms are to take the online self-assessment.

As a further reminder, 811-health link is for those who are feeling ill and seeking advice. DO NOT call 811 to report non-compliance of Public Health Orders; these can be reported to the Environmental Health Complaint Link or by calling (403) 943-2288.

Above information sourced from the Government of Alberta Press Releases of March 29, 2020, at 5:30 PM: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6995496444280-A170-CFA9-FE8A1EFC9B1B348C

and March 28, 2020, at 4:30 PM:
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6994961B710D8-D2DE-6861-BBDB802A896F6BE5

VCREMP COVID – 19 Update: March 27th, 2020

Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partnership

March 27, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Update 12

Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partners are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta. Please note that all Vulcan County Fire Halls are closed to the public until further notice. Vulcan County, the Villages of Champion, Carmangay, Lomond, Milo, and Arrowwood Offices are also closed to the public, however business operations are continuing. While the Town of Vulcan office remains open, we are urging the public whom have questions to use the websites or a telephone as most questions could be answered this way. With increasing numbers of confirmed cases throughout Alberta, we want to stress the importance of following proper personal hygiene and cleaning processes. Please follow these guidelines and watch your municipal websites for further updates.

Cases in Alberta

Alberta is taking aggressive measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Additional actions may be required in the coming days. The health of Albertans is, and always will be, our top priority.

Alberta confirmed 56 new cases on March 27.

Currently there have been no confirmed cases within Vulcan County or the urban municipalities within its borders. As of March 27, 2020, testing has been completed for 37,673 Albertans.

Support for Albertans

Alberta Health Services is launching a text-based program that aims to help provide encouragement and hope to Albertans. Text4Hope sends subscribers text messages of support and encouragement to ease stress or anxiety. Albertans can text COVID 19 Hope to 393939 to subscribe.

Starting March 23, the Alberta Connects Contact Centre will be available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Albertans can call toll-free from anywhere in the province by dialing 310-4455 for general information about the Government of Alberta and its response to COVID-19, or for help contacting individual program areas. This line cannot provide medical advice. Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self- assessment.

  • Community and Social Services has suspended in-person service delivery in its program offices and Alberta Supports Centres. Albertans should contact 1-877-644-9992 for more information.
  • The province has imposed new isolation timelines that are now in effect. For those who are sick, the isolation timeline has changed from 14 days to 10 days, following the onset of symptoms, and only if you are feeling well by then. Those who have been exposed or are returning to Canada but do not have symptoms will still have to isolate for 14 days. Should they start to have symptoms they will have to continue isolation until 10 days from the start of the symptoms.

People not experiencing symptoms are reminded they can still go outside, but this must be limited to activities such as walks, where the individual remains two metres away from others

What steps should businesses be taking?

  • We are strongly encouraging businesses and employers to take this opportunity to review their own business continuity plans and consider how they would lower the risk of the spread of infection in the workplace.
  • Appropriate steps include making sure staff are familiar with continuity plans and processes are in place in case of a community disruption.

Enforcement

On March 25, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued orders under the Public Health Act to legally require returning international travellers, close contact of confirmed cases, and people exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms to self-isolate.

Law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines:

  • Through amendments to the Public Health Act, community peace officers and police will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders.
  • Fines administered through tickets for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 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.
  • These new fines will be in force over the coming days.

If you know someone who is not self-isolating when they are legally required to:

  • take proper precautions and distance yourself from the person to limit your risk of exposure if they have symptoms
  • remind the person that not following public health orders is against the law and puts people at risk
  • submit a complaint online

Consequences

On March 25, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued orders under the Public Health Act to legally require returning travellers to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Alberta. This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

People who violate the self-isolation orders:

  • Through amendments to the Public Health Act, community peace officers and police will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders.
  • Fines administered through tickets for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 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.

Isolation

These new fines will be in force over the coming days.

As of March 25, Albertans are legally required under public health order to self-isolate for:

  • 14 days if they returned from international travel or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • 10 days if they have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat

Information for Renters

New protections are in place for residential and mobile homes site tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19:

  • Tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent and/or utilities before May 1, 2020.
  • Rents on residential properties or mobile home sites will not increase while Alberta’s State of Public Health Emergency remains in effect.
  • Late fees cannot be applied to late rent payments until June 30 and cannot be collected retroactively for this time.
  • Landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while COVID-19 is being managed.
  • Landlords can still file applications and receive orders for possession if the reason for the eviction is unrelated to rent and/or utility payments, or if a tenant refused to negotiate or comply with a payment plan.

811 Health Link

Once again, people experiencing symptoms are to take the online self-assessment.

As a further reminder, 811-health link is for those who are feeling ill and seeking advice. Please do not call 811 to report non-compliance of Public Health Orders. This is tying up the line and not the appropriate place to report non-compliance.

Above information sourced from:
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6980324A5B1B0-BC2C-40A8-A6AD9E30E3189425

VCREMP COVID – 19 Update: March 26th, 2020

March 26, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Update 11

Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partners are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta. Please note that all Vulcan County Fire Halls are closed to the public until further notice. Vulcan County, the Villages of Champion, Carmangay, Lomond, Milo, and Arrowwood Offices are also closed to the public, however business operations are continuing. While the Town of Vulcan office remains open, we are urging the public whom have questions to use the websites or a telephone as most questions could be answered this way. With increasing numbers of confirmed cases throughout Alberta, we want to stress the importance of following proper personal hygiene and cleaning processes. Please follow these guidelines and watch your municipal websites for further updates.

Cases in Alberta

Alberta is taking aggressive measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Additional actions may be required in the coming days. The health of Albertans is, and always will be, our top priority.

6Alberta confirmed 67 new cases on March 26.

Currently there have been no confirmed cases within Vulcan County or the urban municipalities within its borders. As of March 26, 2020, testing has been completed for 36,174 Albertans.

Support for Albertans

Alberta Health Services is launching a text-based program that aims to help provide encouragement and hope to Albertans. Text4Hope sends subscribers text messages of support and encouragement to ease stress or anxiety. Albertans can text COVID 19 Hope to 393939 to subscribe.

Starting March 23, the Alberta Connects Contact Centre will be available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Albertans can call toll-free from anywhere in the province by dialing 310-4455 for general information about the Government of Alberta and its response to COVID-19, or for help contacting individual program areas. This line cannot provide medical advice. Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self- assessment.

  • Community and Social Services has suspended in-person service delivery in its program offices and Alberta Supports Centres. Albertans should contact 1-877-644-9992 for more information.
  • The province has imposed new isolation timelines that are now in effect. For those who are sick, the isolation timeline has changed from 14 days to 10 days, following the onset of symptoms, and only if you are feeling well by then. Those who have been exposed or are returning to Canada but do not have symptoms will still have to isolate for 14 days. Should they start to have symptoms they will have to continue isolation until 10 days from the start of the symptoms.

People not experiencing symptoms are reminded they can still go outside, but this must be limited to activities such as walks, where the individual remains two metres away from others

What steps should businesses be taking?

  • We are strongly encouraging businesses and employers to take this opportunity to review their own business continuity plans and consider how they would lower the risk of the spread of infection in the workplace.
  • Appropriate steps include making sure staff are familiar with continuity plans and processes are in place in case of a community disruption.

As of March 25, law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce the public health orders by the Premier of Alberta, to assist Alberta health services in enforcing Alberta’s Public Health Act, as well as the Chief Medical of Health’s orders in relation to:

  • Prohibiting persons in the province from attending:
    • Schools, daycares (with some exemptions for core service workers) and post-secondary institutions;
    • Mass gatherings of more than 50 attendees;
    • Public recreational facilities;
    • Bars and nightclubs;
    • An individual returning to Alberta from outside of Canada;
    • A close contact of an individual who is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or probably infected with COVID-19; and
    • An individual with symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or nasal congestion.

Consequences

On March 25, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued orders under the Public Health Act to legally require returning travellers to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Alberta. This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

People who violate the self-isolation orders:

  • Through amendments to the Public Health Act, community peace officers and police will be able to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders.
  • Fines administered through tickets for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 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.
  • These new fines will be in force over the coming days.

Isolation

As of March 25, Albertans are legally required under public health order to self-isolate for:

  • 14 days if they returned from international travel or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • 10 days if they have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat

Budget

  • A $750 million contingency fund was approved for emergencies and disasters for the 20/21 year. Government will access these funds to help support COVID-19 response measures across our province.
  • Government is prepared to take any necessary additional measures to help ensure the health, safety, and economic security of Alberta.

811 Health Link

Once again, people experiencing symptoms are to take the online self-assessment.

As a further reminder, 811-health link is for those who are feeling ill and seeking advice. Please do not call 811 to report non-compliance of Public Health Orders. This is tying up the line and not the appropriate place to report non-compliance.

Above information sourced from:

https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6980324A5B1B0-BC2C-40A8-A6AD9E30E3189425

VCREMP COVID-19 Update March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Update 9

Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partners are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta. Please note that all Vulcan County Fire Halls are closed to the public until further notice. Vulcan County, the Villages of Champion, Carmangay, Lomond, Milo, and Arrowwood Offices are also closed to the public, however business operations are continuing. While the Town of Vulcan office remains open, we are urging the public whom have questions to use the websites or a telephone as most questions could be answered this way. With increasing numbers of confirmed cases throughout Alberta, we want to stress the importance of following proper personal hygiene and cleaning processes. Please follow these guidelines
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16997.aspx…
and watch your municipal websites for further updates.

Cases in Alberta
Alberta is taking aggressive measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Additional actions may be required in the coming days. The health of Albertans is, and always will be, our top priority.

Alberta confirmed 57 new cases on March 24.

Currently there have been no confirmed cases within Vulcan County or the urban municipalities within its borders. As of March 24, 2020, testing has been completed for 32,418 Albertans.

Essential Services
All Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partner Municipalities have implemented back-up and contingency measures for water treatment over the coming weeks. The Vulcan District Waste Commission has also implemented plans to ensure solid waste service continuity. Public Works staff in all municipalities continue to ensure essential services are maintained.

Mass Gatherings
A gathering is any event or assembling that brings people together in person, in a single room or single space at the same time. At this time, it does not include normal operations of workplaces and businesses (i.e. offices, manufacturing, construction, industrial) not specifically defined by the chief medical officer of health. Where workplace gatherings of 50 or more people in a single space occur (e.g. training events), they must not proceed. Likewise, it does not include airports, shopping malls, retail or grocery stores or other spaces people may be moving in or walking about as part of normal activities of daily living.

Prevent the Spread
Although public health measures are in place to quickly identify potential cases, all Albertans are encouraged to take personal steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.

Influenza and other common viruses remain the most likely cause of a respiratory infection.

Emergency Isolation Support
The Alberta government will provide immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families and vulnerable populations. Albertans should be focused on their health and not worry about whether they can pay their bills so a number of options in place for those struggling financially. • This will be a temporary program for working adult Albertans who must self-isolate because they meet the Government of Alberta’s published criteria for self-isolation, including persons who are the sole caregiver for a dependent who must self-isolate because they meet the public health criteria, and who will not have another source of pay or compensation while they are self-isolated.

• A one-time payment of $1,146 will be distributed to bridge the gap until the federal emergency payments begin in April.

• The Province expects the program to be available through a simple online application next week and that funds will be deposited in the accounts of eligible recipients beginning at that time.

Steps to Protect You & Others
 Practice Social Distancing
https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx#p25621s3
 Stay away from others if sick or in isolation
 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 of Canada

Self-Isolate for 14 Days if you:
https://www.alberta.ca/self-isolation.aspx
 Recently returned from travel outside of Canada
 have a cough, fever, fatigue and/or difficulty breathing
 are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
 have been asked by a health care professional for another reason

811 Health Link
Once again, people experiencing symptoms are to take the online self-assessment.
https://myhealth.alberta.ca/…/Pa…/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx

As a further reminder, 811-health link is for those who are feeling ill and seeking advice. Please do not call 811 to report non-compliance of Public Health Orders. This is tying up the line and not the appropriate place to report non-compliance.

For anyone wanting to report contraventions of the Public Health Orders in regards to businesses go to the following website
HTTPS://WWW.ALBERTA.CA/RESTRICTIONS-FOR-MASS-GATHERINGS.ASPX

All Albertans are still encouraged to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance and resources.

Above information sourced from: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm…

Sincerely, Nels Petersen
Regional Director of Emergency Management Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partnership

VCREMP COVID-19 Update March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020

RE: COVID-19 Update 8

Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partners are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta. Please note that all Vulcan County Fire Halls are closed to the public until further notice. Vulcan County, the Villages of Champion, Carmangay, Lomond, Milo, and Arrowwood Offices are also closed to the public, however business operations are continuing. While the Town of Vulcan office remains open, we are urging the public whom have questions to use the websites or a telephone as most questions could be answered this way. With increasing numbers of confirmed cases throughout Alberta, we want to stress the importance of following proper personal hygiene and cleaning processes. Please follow these guidelines and watch your municipal websites for further updates.

Essential Services
All Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partner Municipalities have implemented back-up and contingency measures for water treatment over the coming weeks. The Vulcan District Waste Commission has also implemented plans to ensure solid waste service continuity. Public Works staff in all municipalities continue to ensure essential services are maintained.

Social Distancing

The Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management team would like to remind everyone to practice social distancing. Consistent messaging from the Federal and Provincial Governments is that all nonessential visits, travel, and gatherings are to be avoid. The Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partnership echoes this messaging. The Provincial and Federal government has put mechanisms in place to aid the financial burden of those having to stay home. Do your part and help flatten the curve. Avoid social gatherings, plan your shopping for off times of the day, practice good hygiene wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes and avoid touching your face. So far, Vulcan County and the urban municipalities within have not seen any confirmed cases, let us try to keep it that way. This process only works if everyone is participating and doing their part.

Emergency Isolation Support
The Alberta government will provide immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families and vulnerable populations. Albertans should be focused on their health and not worry about whether they can pay their bills so a number of options in place for those struggling financially.
• This will be a temporary program for working adult Albertans who must self-isolate because they meet the Government of Alberta’s published criteria for self-isolation, including persons who are the sole caregiver for a dependent who must self-isolate because they meet the public health criteria, and who will not have another source of pay or compensation while they are self-isolated.
• A one-time payment of $1,146 will be distributed to bridge the gap until the federal emergency payments begin in April.
• The Province expects the program to be available through a simple online application next week and that funds will be deposited in the accounts of eligible recipients beginning at that time.

811 Health Link
Once again, people experiencing symptoms are to take the online self-assessment.
As a further reminder, 811-health link is for those who are feeling ill and seeking advice. Please do not call 811 to report non-compliance of Public Health Orders. This is tying up the line and not the appropriate place to report non-compliance.
For anyone wanting to report contraventions of the Public Health Orders in regards to businesses go to the following website HTTPS://WWW.ALBERTA.CA/RESTRICTIONS-FOR-MASS-GATHERINGS.ASPX
The Province continues to see increased cases of COVID-19, with another 42 cases announced March 23rd, bringing the total confirmed cases in Alberta to 301. Currently there have been no confirmed cases within Vulcan County or the urban municipalities within its borders. As of March 23, 2020, testing has been completed for 29,757 Albertans.
All Albertans are still encouraged to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance and resources.
Above information sourced from:
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6980324A5B1B0-BC2C-40A8-A6AD9E30E3189425
Sincerely,
Nels Petersen
Regional Director of Emergency Management
Vulcan County

VCREMP COVID-19 Update March 22, 2020

March 22, 2020
RE: COVID-19 Update 7
Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partners are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta. Please note that all Vulcan County Fire Halls are closed to the public until further notice. Vulcan County, the Villages of Champion, Carmangay, Lomond, Milo, and Arrowwood Offices are also closed to the public, however business operations are continuing. While the Town of Vulcan office remains open, we are urging the public whom have questions to use the websites or a telephone as most questions could be answered this way. With increasing numbers of confirmed cases throughout Alberta, we want to stress the importance of following proper personal hygiene and cleaning processes. Please follow these guidelines and watch your municipal websites for further updates.
The Province continues to see increased cases of COVID-19, with another 33 cases announced March 22nd, bring the total confirmed cases in Alberta to 259. Currently there have been no confirmed cases within Vulcan County or the urban municipalities within its borders. As of March 22, 2020, testing has been completed for 26,999 Albertans.
Once again, people experiencing symptoms are to take the online self-assessment.
The Province continues to advise Albertans to practise social distancing, and self-isolate if you are experiencing symptoms.
All Albertans are still encouraged to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance and resources.
Above information sourced from:
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=6980324A5B1B0-BC2C-40A8-A6AD9E30E3189425
Nels Petersen
Regional Director of Emergency Management
Vulcan County Regional Emergency Management Partnership