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Posted on: March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update

County of Wetaskiwin COVID-19 UPDATE

Update: February 8, 2021

Today Alberta moves to Step 1 of A Path Forward. The following changes to public health measures are now in effect:

For the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 and changes to restrictions visit A Path Forward

Update: January 15, 2021

Today the County of Wetaskiwin reported its first death related to COVID-19. County Council and Administration would like to send our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this loss. Please continue to follow all public health guidelines as we all work together to keep each other safe through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Update: December 9, 2020

On December 8, 2020, the Government of Alberta added new mandatory provincewide measures in response to rising COVID-19 cases. 

Effective immediately (December 8, 2020): 

  • No social gatherings - indoor or outdoor.
  • Masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces (this includes all County of Wetaskiwin facilities).
  • Close contacts are limited to household members only.
  • Festivals, parades, events, concerts, exhibitions, competitions, sport and performance remain prohibited.

Effective Sunday, December 13, 2020: 

  • Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes closed to in-person service.
  • Retail services, including malls, must reduce customer capacity to 15%.
  • Places of worship limited to 15% capacity for in-person attendance.
  • Entertainment and indoor recreation facilities must close.
  • Outdoor recreation is permitted, but indoor facilities except washrooms to close.
  • Personal and wellness services, like hair and nail salons, must close.
  • Health services, like physio and acupuncture, remain open by appointment only
  • Hotels remain open but no spas, pools or in-person dining. Room services only.
  • Working from home is mandatory unless a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness.

The County Office will continue to be open to the public, but we highly recommended that members of the public access our services remotely by contacting the County by phone during regular hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) at (780) 352-3321 or Toll Free at 1-800-661-4125, after hours at (780) 352-0005 or 1-800-581-0050, and by email as found via the County of Wetaskiwin Website. County Transfer Stations continue to be open to the public.  

For the most up-to-date information about the current COVID-19 situation and restrictions please visit the Government of Alberta webpage

View complete News Release

Update: November 25, 2020

COVID-19 cases continue rising across Alberta and the situation is critical. A state of public health emergency was declared by the Government of Alberta on November 24, 2020. 

Due to these new restrictions, effective immediately, the Winfield Agriplex Arena will be closed to the public until further notice. 

Additional mandatory restrictions apply across Alberta:

  • No indoor social gatherings in any setting
  • 10-person limit on outdoor gatherings
  • 10-person limit for wedding and funeral services, no receptions permitted
  • Changes to in-person learning schedules for K-12 students
  • Working from home should be considered, where possible

Additional restrictions apply to regions on the enhanced list (purple zones including the County of Wetaskiwin):

  • Business and service restrictions start November 27, 2020 
  • Places of worship limited to 1/3 of normal attendance, masks required

The County Office will continue to be open to the public, but members of the public can access these services remotely by contacting the County by phone during regular hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) at (780) 352-3321 or Toll Free at 1-800-661-4125, after hours at (780) 352-0005 or 1-800-581-0050, and by email as found via the County of Wetaskiwin Website. County Transfer Stations continue to be open to the public. 

View complete News Release.

Update: November 12, 2020

Today the County of Wetaskiwin was notified by Alberta Health Services (AHS) that we have moved to Enhanced Status on the Provincial Relaunch Status Map. This includes the Town of Millet and the Summer Villages within our municipal boundary. 

The County of Wetaskiwin currently has: 

  • 13 active cases, for a case rate of 127.7 per 100,000 people;
  • 2/13 have a known source of exposure;
  • 11/13 has an unknown source of exposure at this time.

The County of Wetaskiwin is under the following Mandatory Health Measures as ordered by AHS: 

  • 15-person limit on social and family gatherings - indoors and outdoors - where people are mixing and mingling.
  • Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10pm and close by 11pm - applies to Class A, B or C licences (Nov 13-27).
  • 50-person limit on indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services.
  • Faith-based gatherings limited to 1/3 capacity at one time.

View complete News Release

Update: November 3, 2020 

Over the weekend, the County of Wetaskiwin was notified that a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.

The County of Wetaskiwin Office remains open to the public, but the County asks individuals to limit their visits for only essential matters and continue to use alternative means of connecting with the County such as by email, phone, and making payment by drop off, mail, and online payment options.

For more information about the current COVID-19 numbers in our region please visit Government of Alberta COVID-19 Status Map.  

View complete News Release

Update: July 27, 2020 

The County of Wetaskiwin No. 10 is opening our Administrative building to the Public on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Public health measures have been put in place to keep the public and County staff safe.

Update: July 19, 2020 

Please continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines when visiting County campgrounds, beaches and recreational areas. All visitors should maintain physical distancing of 2 metres from others not from the same household or cohort at all times and during all types of activities that may be undertaken at the beach (both in and out of the water). Consider another activity if your intended beach or recreational area is overcrowded.

Update: June 5, 2020

County Campgrounds opened Friday, June 5, 2020. County Campground COVID-19 Guidelines

Update: May 25, 2020

The County Office is now open to the public by appointment only. Please call or email in advance to set up an appointment.  

Update: May 1, 2020

In order to help ease the financial burden on residents who may be struggling through these difficult times, County Council resolved to cancel the 6% penalty on unpaid taxes as of September 1, 2020. View News Release.

Update: April 16, 2020

In order to help ease the financial burden on residents who may be struggling through these difficult times, County Council resolved at the April 14th Council meeting to forgive penalties on utility accounts and accounts receivable for the period of March 1st to September 1st, 2020. View News Release.

Update: April 7, 2020 

News Release regarding AHS reporting of COVID-19. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are now displayed by rural municipalities, city boundaries, and urban service areas. Smaller regions (i.e. towns, villages, and reserves) are incorporated into the corresponding rural area. The County of Wetaskiwin currently has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

Update: April 3, 2020 

The County of Wetaskiwin is mailing out the following New Release to County residents to ensure that everyone is aware of how to access the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. 

Update: March 27, 2020 (See new April 7, 2020 update above)

News Release regarding AHS reporting. When Alberta Health Services (AHS) is reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, they divide the County of Wetaskiwin into two distinct reporting areas: Wetaskiwin County and Drayton Valley.  

Update: March 25, 2020

Public Notice of Council Meetings. March 31, 2020 Council General Meeting is Cancelled. April 9, 2020 Council for Planning & Economic Development and April 14, 2020 Council General Meetings, are scheduled to proceed with Council attending via video conferencing.

Update: March 23, 2020

First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Wetaskiwin Region. View the joint Press Release from the City and County of Wetaskiwin for more information. 

Update:  March 18, 2020 (3:30 PM)

County buildings closed to the public effective 4:30 pm March 18, 2020.  View News Release.

Update:  March 18, 2020 (a.m.)

Public Libraries Services Branch (PLSB),  advised March 16, 2020, that all Libraries in the Province of Alberta, including the ones that serve the County of Wetaskiwin, shall be closed to the public immediately if they have not been already.

Update:  March 16, 2020

The County of Wetaskiwin Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) has been opened to monitor all situations and Provincial/Federal announcements, as is the case with numerous neighboring municipalities.  We have taken the following steps:

  • Our staff have been directed to do a mandatory 14-day self isolation for anyone returning from a trip or who has been in contact with anyone who has shown symptoms of the COVID-19 virus (fever, cold, cough or respiratory issues).
  • Homemaking services and Medical Transportation have been suspended for at least 14 days.  Clients are urged to call the appropriate party for emergent issues such as need for medical supplies.
  • There shall be no personal attendance by County of Wetaskiwin staff for out of office meetings not related to an essential service.
  • The deadline for grant applications for Recreation/FCSS programs will be extended if necessary.
  • All salespeople visitations to County of Wetaskiwin buildings shall be prohibited until further notice.
  • The Winfield Agriplex (including the Ag Society) has been closed.
  • We highly recommend all community groups and libraries follow the same guidelines.

Administration will be monitoring the situation and will re-evaluate all circumstances as information becomes available.  For the most up to date information go to the link on our website or www.alberta.ca/covid19.

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