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Posted on: March 13, 2020

COVID -19 INFORMATION

March 16, 2020

Town of Eckville Pandemic Plan:  On March 11, the WHO (World Health Organization)  declared the COVID-19 situation a global pandemic.  The current risk of contracting COVID-19 in Alberta is still low.  The Alberta government may adjust the risk level if circumstances change.  New information about COVID-19 is being shared on a regular basis.  The Government of Alberta has the latest information at www.alberta.ca/covid19 regarding a number of topics including:  Symptoms, How to prevent the Spread, What to do if you must self-isolate, Latest test results and Information for Albertans, businesses and community organizations.  If you think you/ve been exposed to COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link at 811 for instructions.

The Town of Eckville’s top priorities are the health and safety of the public and town employees, as well as the continuity of services to residents.  The Town and it’s contractors have plans in place that can be activated to help ensure essential services are maintained and not disrupted if a significant number of employees are unable to work,  Employees have received instruction on how to minimize the risk of transmitting coronavirus in the workplace and to the public, with enhanced hygiene, sanitization and prevention measures.

Please note that during a pandemic the Town of Eckville prioritizes:   Maintaining essential public works and municipal services, such as water treatment and delivery, sewer service and garbage/recycling collection. Closing public buildings when the best interests of public safety and minimizing the spread of infection based on the recommendation of health officials.  Coordinating with other local non-government organizations’ support to our response.  The Town is currently assessing the health risk at our facilities, programming and events in light of recommendations from provincial health authorities.  Please be aware that cancellation and closures may occur on short notice.  Please note that as of  March 16, 2020 that following apply: The Eckville Arena, Community Centre, Curling Rink, Friendship Centre, and Eckville Library are CLOSED until further notice.

Residents can check this webpage, Facebook and the Public Notice Board for updates.              Mayor Helen Posti

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