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PCREMO update on public health measures and local closures

Monday, 23 March 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

PCREMO update on public health measures and local closures
Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management Organziation continues monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adjustments were made today by Alberta Health Services including changes to self-isolation. They are as follows:

Who should self-isolate

You must self-isolate for 14 days if you:

  • recently returned from travel ouside of Canada, even if feeling well. This means staying separated from anyone who did not travel with you, including household members.
  • are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • have been asked by a health-care professional for another reason

If you become sick you must self-isolate from all other members of your household for 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer. 

How to self-isolate:

If you need to self-isolate, follow these guidelines:
  • stay home – do not attend work, school, social events or any other public gatherings
  • avoid close contact with other people – especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems
  • don't take public transportation like buses, taxis or ride sharing, where possible
  • watch for symptoms in yourself of a family member

If you have any symptoms, including a dry cough, fever, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion or a sore throat:

  • stay home – do not go to an ER or clinic
  • self-isolate for 10 days
  • take the COVID-19 self-assessment https://bit.ly/2WHDQaL
  • call Health Link 811 for further instructions if directed by the self-assessmet tool

For up-to-date information on this rapidly changing situation, please visit www.alberta.ca/COVID19

All playgrounds are now CLOSED to the public.

We are unable to verify sanitation due to playground equipment not being frequently disinifected. Continued use of playground equipment is in conflict with social distancing practices currently recommended by the Province of Alberta, and therefore considered unsafe for children and may result in further propagating the COVID-19 virus.

Signage and temporary fencing will be installed.

Parents should take precautions and limit the number of play dates to reduce the chance of community transfer.

Community members are still encouraged to get outside and be active — use nearby paths and greenspaces, but ensure you are at least two metres away from other people.

If a path or greensapce is busy, please move to a different area. We encourage use of proper hand hygiene when touching surfaces in these areas.

Pincher Creek town office is now closed to public walk-ins. Please call 403-627-3156, use the online citizen request form at www.PincherCreek.ca/request or email reception@pinchercreek.ca

f you are concerned an establishment is not following the orders under the state of public health emergency, you can submit a complaint for situations such as:

  • a business has been ordered to close but remains open
  • a business is operating above the 50-person capacity
  • individuals refusing to self-isolte while sick or on return from travel

Claims submitted to https://bit.ly/3aaOavL will be looked into by a public health inspector.

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