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City of Wetaskiwin Responds to new COVID-19 cases

Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported last week.

Last week for the first time in over 10 weeks, three individuals within the City of Wetaskiwin have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the Government of Alberta’s aggregate data map on recorded COVID-19 cases, the City of Wetaskiwin has three positive cases as the COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the province.

The City of Wetaskiwin continues to cooperate with the province with the public health restrictions and re-entry plans during this rise in cases.

“COVID-19 continues to be a very real, very dangerous public health crisis,” said Robert Osmond, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Wetaskiwin. “The recent provincial numbers provide a reminder that the pandemic can spread quickly, and cases can hit close to home if we don’t all do our part. Maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from those outside your household is critical.”

The City of Wetaskiwin reiterates the importance of social distancing and following public health protocols. In a press release from the City of Wetaskiwin on the new cases the City states, “By working together and by sticking to the game plan, facilities can remain open for public use, and the City can achieve greater success as we move toward a more normal life.”

The City of Wetaskiwin recommends the following simply steps to help battle COVID-19:

• Practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ lengths) from others who are not in your household

• Wear a non-medical face mask in public when physical distancing is not possible

• Download and use the ABTraceTogether contact tracing app while out in public

• Avoid carpooling with people from outside your household, if possible

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)

• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow

• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands

• Watch for COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough, fever (over 38°C), shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat

• Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to arrange testing if you have any symptoms

“We encourage everyone to enjoy the City’s parks and playgrounds this summer; but as you do so, please remain mindful of the guidelines,” said Osmond. “Our continued enjoyment of these open spaces, and our collective health as a community, hinge on everyone’s adherence to the province’s public health regulations on physical distancing and mass gathering restrictions.”



shaela.dansereau@pipestoneflyer.ca

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