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The Town would like to encourage local residents to remain calm but vigilant in regards to stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the area following the news today that the Mackenzie region status has been upgraded from “Open” to “Watch” on the Alberta government’s COVID-19 Interactive Status Map.
As of Friday, July 10, there are 13 active cases and 35 recovered cases confirmed by AHS.
It is important to note that there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in High Level.
Administration has been assured that it will be informed by AHS if this information changes, and the Town will then relay that information to local residents in order to allow them an opportunity to make safe, informed decisions regarding their health and the health of their families.
The change from “Open” to “Watch” was done because of a growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area. The “Watch” status means that a region is above the threshold but no additional measures have been taken place at this time. The Province is now monitoring the risk and discussing with local governments and other community leaders the possible need for additional health measures.
While the Province is now in Stage 2 of economic recovery, the Town has made efforts to balance the opening of community facilities and resources while maintaining community safety.
On Friday, Town officials visited with many local businesses to remind them of their role in keeping the community safe and to provide them with information on how to do so. Rest assured that the health and safety of local residents remains the primary goal.
For local residents, we would like to provide a reminder for safe hygiene practices when out in public – practice good hand hygiene, use hand sanitizer when it is available, and maintain social distancing when shopping or otherwise out in public. Wearing masks in public is also being encouraged by all levels of government.
Anyone feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms is asked to stay home as a precautionary measure.
The Town’s COVID-19 Assistance Line continues to operate Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach the line by dialing 780-821-4010.
Please continue to be cautious and exercise vigilance when in public spaces, so that we may continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable family members, and watch the Town’s social media and web page for updates.
Image: Screen shot of the Alberta Interactive Status Map located at https://www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map.htm.