COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

City of Wetaskiwin COVID-19 deaths increase to five

New COVID-19 death in the City of Wetaskiwin despite decrease in active cases.

The Government of Alberta reported an additional COVID-19 death in the City of Wetaskiwin this week bringing the City’s total COVID-19 deaths to five.

Although there was an additional death, the City’s active case numbers are continuing to decrease. The City of Wetaskiwin currently has 12 active cases.

According to the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 aggregate data map the County of Wetaskiwin is down to one active case.

At the County of Wetaskiwin’s regular Council meeting on Feb. 23, 2021 Council discussed their current COVID-19 strategy including when Council would return to Council chambers.

Reeve Josh Bishop says that he would rather the County didn’t spend money and resources to establish barriers and separators in the Council chambers for Council to resume in-person meetings. Other Councillors were also against having to wear masks for the entirety of their Council meetings which under current provincial guidelines would be required.

Deputy Reeve Lyle Seely also pointed out that under current provincial restrictions it is still recommended that Albertan’s work from home.

“We need to wait until the government changes their restrictions,” says Seely.

Council carried a the motion unanimously to delay their return to Council chambers until changes to public health measures and restrictions are made at the provincial level.

Maskwacis Health Services is currently reporting only 10 active cases of COVID-19.

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