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COVID-19

Alberta's School Re-Entry Plan announced July 21, 2021

 Students will be back in class for the 2020-21 year with added health measures in place.

Schools will implement a number of public health measures, including frequent cleaning of surfaces, placing hand sanitizers at school entrances and classrooms, grouping students in cohorts, and planning the school day to allow for physical distancing, which could include staggering start times for classes, recesses and lunches. Additional public health measures may be established prior to September on the advice of the chief medical officer of health in consultation with the education system.

Personal Protective Equipment:

Students and staff may wear a mask if they choose to. However, practices such as physical distancing, cohorting, frequent handwashing, staying home when sick and increased cleaning of surfaces will continue to be the priority public health measures.

COVID-19 Cases at School:

If a student or staff tests positive for COVID-19, a public health team will investigate to determine when symptoms developed and support the school to minimize transmission.

While each case will be addressed based on its unique circumstances, it is anticipated that in most cases only the group of students and staff who came in close contact will likely be required to stay home for 14 days, and not the entire school population.

Parents will be notified if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed at school and public health officials will contact those who were in close contact with that person.

More information to help you prepare is available here


July 15, 2020 Covid-19 Update

With a new confirmed case of COVID in our region we want to remind everyone to follow the physical distancing and personal hygiene guidelines.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 metres) apart between yourself and people who don't live in your household.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, after using the restroom, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or caring for someone who is sick, touching animals or pets. Always wash before eating or preparing food. Avoid touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Monitor your health daily. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

A comparison on COVID-19 symptoms to the flu and the common cold can be accessed at https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/…/if-ppih-covid-19-flu…

Access more information at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

 

The County of Minburn Administration office opened to the public Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

The ASB and Public Works offices are open by appointment only.  To book an appointment call the ASB office at 780.632.4033 or the Public Works office at 780.632.3715.  Public Works continue to maintain roads, steam culverts and gravel roads. 

Precautionary measures are in place as follows:

  • Hand sanitization station
  • Plexi-glass barriers
  • Sign-in sheets for all visitors
  • Shared surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently
  • Waiting rooms ensure 2 meter distancing

For your information:

  • Applications, Permits can be accessed via the County's website or Mobile App.
  • Payments can be made via online banking, at your banking institution, the County's website, Mobile App, by mail, or drop off box located at the entrance of the County Administration building.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms which include cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, are to refrain from entering and visiting our buildings.

It is up to all of us to continue acting responsibly by following public health and physical distancing measures, and using good hygiene and disinfecting practices.

Waste Transfer Stations

  • The County's Waste Transfer Stations are open but we are foregoing the sign-in process and ask all visitors to refrain from entering offices, and maintain distance from attendants and other patrons. Attendants will meet vehicles upon entry to direct people where to offload.  

Parks, Playgrounds, Recreational Facilities:

The Wapasu Conservancy Park

The walking trails are open to the public.

Visitors will be able to access the beach area.

Wapasu and Lavoy Playgrounds

Playgrounds at Wapasu and Lavoy opened May 29, 2020.

To ensure the safety of children, families and communities, individuals should take precautions when visiting playgrounds. 

 Using playgrounds does have risks.  Children may find it difficult to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. This can lead to the spread of the virus to playground equipment, other children, and other families. 

  • If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 you must not use playgrounds.
  • Playground users must comply with gathering restrictions and maintain physical distancing of 2 metres between individuals not from the same household.
  • Practice proper hand hygiene.
    • Wash your hands frequently. 
    • Refrain from touching your face with unclean hands.
    • Carry and use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content immediately before and after using playground equipment. ·
  •  Encourage children to avoid sharing toys or sports equipment and limit contact with others outside of their household family.
  • Clean and disinfect toys and sports equipment prior to and after use. 
  • Consider limiting children and other members of your household to only visiting playgrounds that are close to your home. This will help limit the number of people your family may come into contact with. 
  • Maintain physical distancing and limit congregating with other people when entering and leaving the playground and supervising children playing (e.g. paths, benches, picnic areas).
  • Individuals should maintain physical distancing when returning to vehicles or homes.

 

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

People may be sick with the virus for 1-14 days before developing symptoms.  The most common symptoms are cough, fever, tiredness and difficulty breathing.  Experiencing symptoms call 811 for trusted health advice.

 


SOCIAL DISTANCING

The County of Minburn No. 27 is working hard to manage the COVID-19 effects in our community.  This means following the Premier and Alberta Health's direction on social distancing.

  • A distance of two metres between people.
  • No gatherings of any kind with more than 15 people indoors and 50 people outdoors., 
  • Visitor restrictions to Continuing Care Facilities
  • More Information on gathering restrictions is available here.


 STAGE TWO RELAUNCH

Begins June 12, a week sooner than expected.

APPROVED TO OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS:

* K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
* Libraries
* More surgeries
* Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology
* Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, artificial tanning)
* Indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas
* Movie theatres and theatres
* Community halls
* Team sports
* Pools for leisure swimming
* VLTs in restaurants and bars
* Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)
 * Instrumental concerts

The 50 per cent capacity limit for provincial campgrounds is also being lifted. Over the coming days, the online reservation system will be updated and sites will come online in phases. By July 1, all camping sites will be open for reservations. First-come, first-served sites may open sooner.

Events and gatherings can be larger in stage two

Maximum 50 people:
 * Indoor social gatherings – including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties

Maximum 100 people:
 * Outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events – including wedding and funeral ceremonies

No cap on the number of people (with public health measures and physical distancing in place):
* Worship gatherings
* Restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars
* Casinos
 * Bingo halls

There is more flexibility for ‘cohort’ groups – small groups of people whose members do not always keep two metres apart:

* A household can increase its close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people
* Performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers)
* Sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues)
 * People could be part of a sports/performing and household cohort

NOT APPROVED IN STAGE TWO:

* Social gatherings that exceed above listed maximums
* Regular in-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12. Classes will resume September 2020
* Vocal concerts (as singing carries a higher risk of transmission)
* Major festivals and concerts, large conferences, trade shows and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts)
* Nightclubs
* Amusement parks
* Hookah lounges (permitted for food and drink only)
* Major sporting events and tournaments
 * Non-essential travel outside the province is not recommended. This recommendation will not be lifted until stage three of the relaunch strategy.

The success of stage two will determine when Alberta progresses to stage three For more information, visit alberta.ca/RelaunchStrategy here

Alberta's Relaunch – Stage 1 allowed some businesses to resume operations on May 14 with enhanced infection prevention and controls in place.

  • Retail businesses like clothing, furniture and book stores.
  • All farmers' market vendors.
  • Hairstyling and barber shops.
  • Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars can reopen for table service at 50% capacity.
  • Some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries to resume gradually.
  • Museums and art galleries.
  • Daycares and out-of-school care, with occupancy limits.
  • Day camps, including summer school, with occupancy limits.
  • Post-secondary institutions will continue course delivery, with flexibility for in-person delivery once the existing public health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted.
  • Information on places of worship and funeral services available here
  • Dog parks and playgrounds, unless restricted by municipal authorities.  Playgrounds located at Wapasu Conservancy Park and the Hamlet of Lavoy remain closed.
  • Some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries.
  • Dental and other regulated health-care workers such as physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, respiratory therapists, audiologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dieticians and more can resume services as long as they follow approved guidelines set by their professional colleges.
  • Golf courses, with restrictions.
  • Boat launch access in select provincial parks.
  • Vehicle access to parking lots and staging areas on public lands and parks.
  • Alberta Parks' online campground reservation system opens May 14 for bookings at select campgrounds starting June 1 
  • Gatherings of more than 15 people indoors or more than 50 people outdoors is not permitted, unless otherwise identified in public health orders or guidance, such as workplaces, places of worship or in restaurants.
  • Gatherings under these limits must follow physical distancing and other guidance.
  • Public attendance at businesses, facilities and events that have close physical contact is not permitted, including: arts and culture festivals, major sporting events and concerts.
  • Movie theatres, pools, recreation centres, arenas, spas, nightclubs and gyms will remain closed.
  • Visiting patients in health care facilities will remain limited.
  • In-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12 students will remain prohibited.
  • Travel outside the province is not recommended.

For more on Alberta's relaunch strategy, click here.


 

 FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Provincial Benefits - Government of Alberta:

The Government of Alberta provided a one-time financial relief payment of $1,146 to 79,596 eligible Albertans totaling approximately 91.7 million.  The program is now closed.  

 ●   90-Day Utility Payment Deferral Plan

●    Student Loan Repayment Deferral Plan

●    Deferrals on loans, lines of credit and mortgages for up to 6 months

●    Workers Compensation Board Premium Payment Deferral

●    Government to pay 50 percent of WCB premiums for small and medium businesses

●    Job Protection for Albertans told to self-isolate or caring for child or dependent adult

●    Delaying tourism levy to August 31 for hotels and lodging providers

 

 


 

Federal Benefits – Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is providing eligible Canadians $500 weekly for up to 16 weeks through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Apply here.

●     Increase to the Child Tax Benefit

●     One-time GST Special Payment

●     Waived one-week waiting period for EI 

●     Support for Seniors by reducing the required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds by 25% for 2020

●     Extension of Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

●     Support for Farmers by providing Farm Credit Canada an additional $5 billion to lend farmers, producers and agribusinesses. More information is available here.  

●     Temporary Wage Subsidies for Small Businesses

●     Expanded Employment Insurance (EI) Work Sharing Program

●     Support for Indigenous, Homeless, Women's Shelters and Sexual Assault centres

 


Informational Links:

  1. COVID-19 Info for Albertans
  2. Alberta Health Services COVID-19 information
  3. Government of Canada COVID-19 Update
  4. Alberta COVID-19 Statistics
  5. Tracking every case of COVID-19 in Canada

 

 

Community Services Links:


The County of Minburn is continually monitoring the COVID-19 development and will provide further updates.