Sturgeon County off provincial COVID-19 watch list
Face covering bylaw remains in effect until at least September 14
On August 31, 2020, Sturgeon County’s regional classification returned to “open” after reporting under 14 active cases for the first time since August 19.
According to the Province of Alberta, there are currently four active COVID-19 cases in the region.
“This is good news and I am relieved the infection rate continues to trend downward,” said Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “It’s been encouraging to see how residents and business have responded to this situation during the past two weeks and I want to thank everyone for your support.”
While the regional classification has changed, the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw 1513/20 remains in effect for the time being. If Sturgeon County remains “open” for 14 consecutive days, the bylaw automatically expires.
“The intent of the face covering bylaw is to protect people, not to frustrate them,” said Mayor Hnatiw. “A waiting period helps give us some confirmation and comfort that the outbreak was limited.”
At its peak on August 20, there were 26 active cases in Sturgeon County, with 19 cases linked to one outbreak.
“From both a health and economic perspective, it’s vital that we do everything we can to slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Hnatiw. “Face coverings are a good visual reminder to keep washing our hands and maintaining appropriate physical distancing. This outbreak has also been a good reminder about the importance of contact-tracing and how it can help quickly identify and isolate positive cases. The more Albertans who download and use the app, the safer we'll be, and the faster we can reopen the economy.”
For more information about ABTraceTogether, visit alberta.ca/ab-trace-together.aspx
For more information about Sturgeon County’s COVID-19 response, including the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw 1513/20, visit sturgeoncounty.ca/COVID-19.
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