Sturgeon County - COVID 19
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Coronavirus (COVID 19)Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Mayor Alanna Hnatiw response to COVID-19
(March 31, 2020)

Covid 19

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information please visit Alberta Health Services.

What is the coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Others cause illness in animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact. Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are like those for influenza or other respiratory illnesses. They range from mild to severe and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

The majority of cases have reported mild symptoms. Older adults and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease are more likely to become seriously ill.

Programs (Postponed/Cancelled/Updates)

April 1, 2020Council votes to waive penalties for residential utility bills and extends residential tax deadline to reduce economic impact of COVID-19 on residents

Sturgeon County Council voted to waive residential penalties on unpaid municipal water and wastewater accounts from March 31 to June 30 while assuring disconnections of these services will not be performed by Sturgeon County during this time period. Council also passed a motion to extend the deadline for municipal taxpayers for 2020 taxes from the last business day in June to August 31 without penalty. After August 31, all regular tax penalties will apply which include 6% penalty on September 1 and October 1.

“We do encourage taxpayers who are able to continue paying their tax and utility bills on time to do so, but we recognize the financial hardship many residents are currently facing,” comments Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “This provides financial flexibility to residential utility account holders financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize their financial obligations without the fear of penalty or disconnection.”

Resident inquiries can be directed to the following:

 


March 16, 2020March recreation programs are cancelled or postponed.

We will provide updates on our programs in the coming weeks.

We would like to reassure those registered in our recreation programs that are cancelled, or those simply looking to withdraw from a program due to health-related concerns, that you will receive a full refund.


Sturgeon County Public Buildings Closure Notice

Sturgeon County, Alberta – As Sturgeon County continues to navigate the dynamic and changing landscape related to the global COVID19 pandemic, we remain committed to the delivery of essential services while ensuring the health and safety of our residents and staff. In an effort to do this, the following changes are in effect immediately:

  • The following County buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. For those who require emergency service or time sensitive business, please call 780-939-4321 or Toll Free 1-866-939-9303 to book an appointment.
    • Sturgeon County Centre
    • Agriculture Services Trailer
    • Community Services Office & Sturgeon West
    • Fleet & Building Services o Protective Services Headquarters
    • Sturgeon South
  • All Sturgeon County Fire Stations will be closed to the public; however, fire response levels will remain the same.
  • All scheduled Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are cancelled until the end of March, at which time we will make a decision on whether public meetings can resume or if cancellations will be extended.
  • Family & Community Support Services is available to residents who require assistance. Call 780 939-8332 or 780-722-1479 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for information and available supports.
  • Development Support Services will still receive applications (development permits; all safety code permits; subdivisions; amendments, compliance certificate requests, etc.) via Email, Fax, mail or the Sturgeon County Centre drop-box. For any other inquiries contact us via email or phone.
    • Email: pandd@sturgeoncounty.ca | Phone: 780 939-8275 | Fax: 780 939-2076
    • Assessment Services staff is available by email assessmentservices@sturgeoncounty.ca or call 780-939-0601 for any inquiries.

We will be posting local community changes and updates as necessary under our dedicated COVID19 webpage on our website, as well as all our social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)

During this unprecedented and difficult time, the health and safety of our residents and staff remain a priority. County staff have been asked to work from home where possible and to avoid in-person meetings.All business related travel including offsite meetings, courses and conferences have been cancelled in accordance to the guidelines to AHS guidelines. We strongly encourage our residents to follow suit where appropriate.

If you have health related questions or concerns about COVID19, call Health Link 811 or your healthcare provider. All Albertans are encourage to rely on Alberta Health Services for the latest information, guidance and resources.

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Local Resources for Residents

April 1, 2020Council votes to waive penalties for residential utility bills and extends residential tax deadline to reduce economic impact of COVID-19 on residents

Sturgeon County Council voted to waive residential penalties on unpaid municipal water and wastewater accounts from March 31 to June 30 while assuring disconnections of these services will not be performed by Sturgeon County during this time period. Council also passed a motion to extend the deadline for municipal taxpayers for 2020 taxes from the last business day in June to August 31 without penalty. After August 31, all regular tax penalties will apply which include 6% penalty on September 1 and October 1.

“We do encourage taxpayers who are able to continue paying their tax and utility bills on time to do so, but we recognize the financial hardship many residents are currently facing,” comments Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “This provides financial flexibility to residential utility account holders financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize their financial obligations without the fear of penalty or disconnection.”

Resident inquiries can be directed to the following:


If you are struggling, need food, medical supplies or transportation to special medical appointments or just someone to talk to, please call Family & Community Support Services at 780 939-8332 or 780-722-1479 between 8 am and 5 pm and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

§  Morinville Sobeys will open its doors for extended shopping hours to local seniors and others with disabilities in the community. Sobeys management will monitor and add extra days/times as needed. Please click on the link for up-to-date information.

  • MyAlberta Emergency Isolation Supports

Eligible working Albertans can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if they are required to self-isolate or are the sole caregiver of someone in self-isolation and they have no other source of pay or compensation.

Other Resources

Activity Resources

 

Business Supports

As businesses navigate these uncharted waters, there are a number of external non-profit national and provincial organizations and associations providing information to the public. We will continue adding to this list as we identify them. 

Sturgeon County Economic Development Toolkit for Business

Employee/Employer Resources

Financial Resources

Guides and Information Sheets

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce offers guides, information sheets and templates to assist businesses in the workplace.

 

The Alberta Government is providing $30 million to municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19.Through grants from their local Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in Edmonton and Calgary, and from Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA) representing the remainder of the province, funding will be distributed to civil society organizations.

Click here to see the Social Services Support for COVID-19 Funding Criteria.