Province raises Sturgeon County COVID-19 classification
Council to consider additional health measures to help flatten the curve
The Government of Alberta has announced that there are 16 active cases of COVID-19 reported in Sturgeon County. This increase in cases means that Sturgeon’s regional COVID-19 classification has been moved from “open” to “watch”.
The change in classification means that the Sturgeon County will be in greater contact with the province as they monitor the risk and look at the possible need for additional health measures.
“As we have throughout this pandemic, we will continue to respond quickly and appropriately to these constantly changing circumstances,” said Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “We are working closely with the province to monitor the situation and have called a special meeting to discuss what we can do as a Council.”
Under the guidelines, when a region has more than 50 cases per an equivalent population of 100,000, the Province raises a municipality’s classification to “watch”. With 16 cases out of 27,964 residents, Sturgeon County has a rate of 57.2 per 100,000. Of the nine regions currently being watched by the province, Sturgeon County has the lowest amount of active COVID-19 cases.
A special County Council meeting to discuss the current situation has been called for Thursday, August 20.
“Council will consider the latest information and make a decision on how to move forward,” said Mayor Hnatiw. “We need to work together to flatten the curve as a region – both to protect people and to avoid contributing to any further erosion of the economy, which could be the result if another provincial lock-down comes into affect. This means we need to look at everything from mandatory face masks to our current relaunch strategy.”
Earlier this month, Sturgeon County moved into Stage 2 of its relaunch strategy, opening the development support services front counter as well as a partial opening of Council Chambers with appropriate social distancing requirements.
“Going forward, we will be communicating more with our residents, businesses, and staff on what we are hearing from Alberta Health Services and any changes that need to be implemented,” said Hnatiw. “In the meantime, we want to remind everyone of the importance of practicing physical distancing, wearing masks in public, handwashing, and remaining at home when you are sick. Increased preventative measures are important considerations in protecting our health and doing everything we can to slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s important to realize that our individual actions can play a role either spreading COVID-19 or helping to stop the pandemic. I am confident that our residents and businesses will continue to work hard to flatten the curve here in Sturgeon County.”
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