The City of Wetaskiwin has activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Since its appearance in China in December 2019, the COVID-19 coronavirus has spread globally, affecting an estimated 130,000 people so far—with nearly 5,000 deaths linked to the outbreak. As of Mar. 11, 2020, the World Health organization declared a worldwide pandemic and nineteen cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alberta. Despite these changes, the risk in our region remains low according to both provincial and federal health authorities.
The City of Wetaskiwin’s Director of Emergency Management, Robert Osmond, activated the EOC on Mar. 10, 2020 as the City began to focus on measures to promote public safety and reduce the risk of spreading respiratory viruses—given the likelihood that COVID-19 will eventually impact our community. The EOC is a tool used by municipalities to address public safety, information, and the continuity of municipal services. Activating the EOC allows the City to dedicate resources to these efforts, planning and preparing in advance of any impacts from COVID-19.
“Emergency Management and the EOC are about planning and preparing so that if COVID-19 becomes a concern in this community we are prepared and ready to meet the challenges it would bring,” said Robert Osmond, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Wetaskiwin. “That is the work we are currently engaged in should additional actions be required to keep everyone safe.”
The City of Wetaskiwin has set up a web page at www.wetaskiwin.ca dedicated to providing residents with updated information about the COVID-19 coronavirus. The web page will be updated whenever new information about the coronavirus becomes available, or if the level of local risk changes.