UPDATE - July 29, 2020
Special Area No. 2 is no longer designated as having a watch status by the Province as the total active cases has dropped below the "watch" threshold of 10. This status may continue to change as case levels change over time. For current information on the Province's relaunch status, please visit www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map.htm.
July 27, 2020
As of 4:00 pm July 27, Special Area No. 2 has been designated as having a watch relaunch status by Alberta Health Service (AHS). This change in status is a result of increasing from 9 to 10 active cases, with more than 50 active cases per 100,000 for the region. Special Area No. 2 joins the County of Paintearth, Stettler County, Starland County, Kneehill County, and Wheatland County in the “watch” AHS designation.
Senior management from Special Areas met with the province to discuss the change in status, and to identify any additional precautions which may be needed. At this time, there are no enhanced public health measures required as the risk is quite localized, with little evidence of widespread transmission. As a part of the AHS response to COVID-19, most people are contacted within 2 or 3 days if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. AHS is working closely with impacted individuals and communities in Special Area No. 2 to support fast, effective contact tracing and other public health supports.
Residents are reminded to keep practicing current public health measures to help reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting this virus, including practicing safe physical distancing (or wearing a mask when not possible), increased attention to hand hygiene, and staying home when sick. If you are concerned you have been exposed to COVID-19, please take the online COVID-19 self assessment to arrange testing. Testing is available to all Albertans, including those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. To learn more, go to www.alberta.ca/COVID19. If you would like to speak with a member of Alberta Health, please call 811 Health Link – the province’s 24-hour health information line.