The M.D. of Smoky River, towns of Falher & McLennan, villages of Donnelly & Girouxville in coordination with the Smoky Region Emergency Services are closely following the lead from the Province on the issue of Covid-19.  We would like to ensure clear and concise information is available.

Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency.  COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, further restrictions are being put in place.

Effective Thursday September 16th  (Click here for further details):

Limitations have been placed on the number of people allowed to gather both indoors and outdoors, including in places of worship.

Mandatory work-from-home measures are in place unless the employer has determined a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness.

If employees are working on location, they must mask in all indoor settings, except while alone in work stations.

Effective Monday, September 20th  (Click here for further details):

Discretionary events and businesses must either implement a Restrictions Exemption Program – requiring proof of vaccination or negative rapid test result, or must follow capacity and operating restrictions. 

Weddings or funerals have new limitations in place whether indoors or outdoors.

The following exemptions were, and continue to be in effect:

  • Masks are mandatory in businesses and public places. NEW – this is extended to places of worship, and students in Grades 4 and up as well as all staff and teachers in all grades.  Click here for further details.
  • No alcohol service (in restaurants & bars for example) after 10:00 pm

Albertans are still legally required to:

  • Isolate for 10 days if you tested positive or have any core symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.

In an effort to increase vaccination acceptance to the benefit of all Albertan’s, Alberta residents 18+ who get their first or second shot between Sept. 3rd and Oct. 14th can register and receive a $100 Debit card.

To protect yourself and to help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, as well as the flu and common cold the following is still good advice:

  • Wash your hands often and well, use sanitizer whenever possible
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid any contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • Cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands
  • If you must go out in public, keep your distance – stay 2 metres from other people

To view up-to-date information and statistics on COVID-19 in Alberta please visit the Government of Alberta Website: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

To view the current map of the outbreak situation region by region.

Modelling, reviews and projections (information referred to by Dr. Hinshaw during the Sept. 3rd update): https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-data.aspx#jumplinks-4

To view information and apply for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (if revenue loss of at least 50% due to the Covid Pandemic occurred) visit www.alberta.ca/bizconnect

Links:

Guidance documents for workplaces and businesses:   https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx

Symptoms: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17260.aspx

Covid-19 Self-Assessment: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx

COVID-19 self-assessment for healthcare and shelter workers, enforcement personnel and first responders: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/HWAssessLanding.aspx

Self-Isolation: https://www.alberta.ca/self-isolation.aspx