We are continuing to diligently monitor and prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 in our communities and in the larger region. What does that look like right now?
We are working with staff and other partners to determine how we can most safely, effectively, and responsibly continue to deliver the critical services and programs you rely on us for. We will still be out there testing your water, plowing the roads, responding to emergencies, paying bills, helping ratepayers, and supporting our neighbours.
However, we all have a part to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and we are taking that responsibility seriously. We will be changing how we do some of our business, from increasing the number of staff working remotely and limiting contact in our workplaces to protecting critical functions and staff using self-isolation and social distancing principles.
You might notice a few changes as we adapt our processes throughout this response. Our focus will always be on how we can continue to serve you – our public – safely, effectively, and responsibly.
I encourage you to get current and reliable information on the COVID-19 situation. It can be easy to be overwhelmed, especially as this situation changes so quickly. Getting the best information from the best sources can go a long way in reducing that stress.
Some good places to look? Follow YourAlberta on Facebook and Twitter. Check www.alberta.ca/COVID19 for situation updates from the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Take care of yourselves over these next few weeks.
Take time to reach out to those in our communities who might need support. Help where you can. It can be as simple as checking in on your elderly neighbour down the road or getting groceries for an immunosuppressed family member.
Jordon Christianson, Chair
Special Areas Board