Old Covid 19 Updates

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April 7, 2020 Reeve's Message

On behalf of Camrose County, we would like to thank all of you that are self-isolating and doing your part to combat Covid19. We applaud and are grateful to all the front-line workers that are part of essential services. The sacrifices you and your families are making will not be forgotten. 

This front-line team deserve to be recognized and we also want to commend the many people that are working behind the scenes in all important support services. Many things may not be in our control and this going to take more time, so let us all remain diligent in our efforts, that is something we can control. 

We want you to be assured that we are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of our essential services being disrupted by illness or required self-isolations. We have provided the resources for staff to be able to work from home and working in the office is done on a rotational basis to support physical distancing. 

Agriculture is an essential service that is the backbone of our local economy, therefore Camrose County is continuing to ensure that the services producers need are available. For information please contact our Agriculture Service Board at 780-672-4765. 

We are continually working on plans for the recovery stages of this pandemic. On April 14, 2020 we will be holding our first electronic Municipal Planning Commission Meeting at 8:30 am followed at 9:30 am by the Regular Council Meeting. We will be posting information on our website www.county.camrose.ab.ca and social media, with instructions as to how the public will be able to access these meetings live. Please keep communicating with us and let us know how we can help. The recovery from this situation personally, financially, and as a community will need new ideas, community cooperation and patience from all of us. 

Camrose County is built on its strong rural families who know how to support each other through difficult times. 

Please keep up to date on the Covid-19 situation by following our website www.county.camrose.ab.ca and for provincial updates at www.alberta.ca/covid19. There is a lot of misinformation out there so make sure you are following reliable sources. 

Reeve Cindy Trautman

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Canadians can register for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit online as of April 6 at: www.canada.ca/coronavirus-cerb.

Additional Resources for Individuals and Business

Camrose County is maintaining a list of resources in the community. Contact us at ecdev@county.camrose.ab.ca if you have any questions about the resources available to you while we manage through this situation.

County Essential Services Status

  • The County Peace Officers will remain on duty
  • The grader operators will continue to maintain the roads
  • Our utility operators will continue to ensure water and sewer services are maintained
  • Landfill & Transfer stations are operating within their normal hours
  • Agricultural Service Board continues to operate
  • Seed Cleaning Plant continues to operate

County Facility Status

Open Facilities

Closed Facilities

  • Protective Services
  • Road Maintenance
  • Water and Sewer Operations
  • Seed Cleaning Plant
  • Landfill and Transfer Stations
  • Playgrounds & Ice Rinks
  • Recreation Facilities
  • Community Halls
  • Main Office and Shop
  • ASB Office
  • Even though some of our staff are working from home, they are still working
  • This is a changing situation, so we will do our best to maintain our services while working within the requirements of the provincial and federal governments

Contact the County 

Provincial Facility and Business Limitations

  1. Provincial Parks are closed to vehicle traffic, note the County parks will remain open unless we observe groups of more than 15 gathering in them, or people not observing the 2m physical distance separation
  2. Gatherings reduced from 50 to 15 people
  3. Non-essential businesses are closed
  4. All restaurants are closed for dine-in purposes, take-out and delivery are allowed
  5. A close proximity personal services have been closed. Ex: hair stylist, tattoo artist, massage, chiropractor, etc. 
  6. A non-emergency medical procedures & lab work have been postponed
  7. Rent relief has been set up by the Province

For details go to www.alberta.ca.

Playgrounds Closed Until Further Notice 

Following the advice of AHS on COVID-19, Camrose County has closed all playgrounds. Do not use any playground equipment; it has not be sterilized. Evidence shows that the coronavirus can last on plastic and metal surfaces for several days.

Everyone using our parks must maintain 2 metres (6 feet) of separation from people that you do not live with. In addition, gatherings of more than 15 people are not allowed per Alberta Health. When gathering you must still maintain 2m separation.

Payments to the County

Can be made via online banking to your banking institution

  • Camrose County Taxes
  • Camrose County Utilities
  • Camrose County Other (for anything other than taxes or utilities)
  • Click  here for assistance with setting up online banking or contact the County at 780-672-4446.

By mailing a cheque or leaving it in the drop box at the front door of the County Administration Office. Please do not mail or drop off cash.

Provincial & Federal Coronavirus resources:

Bashaw & District Support Services:

BDSS has generated a website: http://www.bashawbriefs.com and has created a 24 hour support line Call  (780) 372-4074 or text (780) 678-9056.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions contact Reeve Cindy Trautman at 780-679-7390 or ctrautman@county.camrose.ab.ca or the Public Information Officer, Anjah Howard, at 780-678-3070 or ahoward@county.camrose.ab.ca.

 

Reeve’s Message - March 31, 2020

Camrose County is committed to protecting its staff and residents during this unprecedented time.  Our priority is maintaining the essential services that you rely on every day. Our staff continue to serve you. Know that your Division Councillors are in continual communication with each other, administration, and other governments to help us provide the best response for you. We may not be able to meet you face to face but know we are a phone call or email away to assist you. 

We want you to be assured that we are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of our essential services being disrupted by illness or required self-isolations.

Camrose County is built on its strong rural families who know how to support each other through difficult times.  Work together to help yourself, your family, your friends and your neighbours, we are all in this together.  This pandemic has changed our world, but it does not need to change our relationships with each other. Please keep communicating with us and let us know how we can help. The recovery from this situation both personally, financially, and as a community will need new ideas, community cooperation and patience from all of us.

Please keep up to date on the Covid-19 situation by following our website www.county.camrose.ab.ca and for provincial updates at www.alberta.ca/covid19. There is a lot of misinformation out there so make sure you are following reliable sources.

Reeve Cindy Trautman

Reeve's Message - March 23, 2020

Camrose County is committed to protecting its staff and residents during this unprecedented time. You may have already noticed changes to how we help our residents, but we want to reassure you that these changes will not impact our essential services. Our Peace Officers continue to patrol, our graders continue to maintain our roads, our utility operators are maintaining our water and sewer services, our seed cleaning plant is fully operational to help our vital agricultural base, and our landfill and transfer sites continue to operate.

While we are limiting face to face meetings with our staff, we are still here to serve you. You can always reach us by phone or email. We are also frequently updating our website, Facebook and twitter accounts and we encourage you to follow us there.

Some staff who aren’t required to provide in person front line services are working from home on a rotational basis to limit the potential for all staff to become sick or quarantined, but rest assured they continue to work for you and are looking at how they can help the community now and as we recover from this situation.

Staff that must be onsite are working with new safety protocols to limit potential risks, including social distancing with each other and the public. Many of our staff already work alone, so there is no major change to their operations. Where possible we are trying to put one person to one piece of equipment. For instance, our Peace Officers will not swap work vehicles and each Grader Operator will only use their own grader. Where sharing must occur, staff are required to clean the equipment before and after using it to limit risk of cross contamination. Ratepayers are unlikely to see these changes, but we want you to be assured that we are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of our essential services being disrupted by illness or required self-isolations.

Camrose County is built on its strong agricultural families who know how to support each other through difficult times. This sense of community is still strong and while we may not be able to physically be together, our bonds are stronger than ever. Keep looking after your neighbours and contact the County if you need our support.

Please keep up to date on the Covid-19 situation by following our website www.county.camrose.ab.ca and for provincial updates at www.alberta.ca/covid19. There is a lot of misinformation out there so make sure you are following reliable sources.

Some of our doors may be closed, but we are open for business, working for you to minimize the impact of this situation on our community and making sure Camrose County remains a place to live, work, and play in the short and long term.

Reeve Cindy Trautman

780-679-7390 or email ctrautman@county.camrose.ab.ca

COVID-19 Update March 23, 2020 at 11:30a.m.

The March 24, 2020 Council Meeting is CANCELLED.

Effective March 24, 2020 County staff that have the ability to work from home will be required to do so. This will limit interactions with our essential frontline staff members who must be on site for work (grader operators, utility operators, peace officers, etc.) to reduce the chance of cross infections.

Staff may rotate into the office for work to review files, check mail, etc.  However, staff with similar positions, or that provide back up to each other, will not be on site at the same time. This will reduce the chance of all employees in a department getting sick or being required to self-isolate at one time and will help the County maintain business continuity. Our top priority is the safety of our staff and the ability to provide essential services in the short and long term.

Starting March 19, 2020 at 5:00pm visitors to County facilities were limited as follows:

  • The Main Office and Shop are closed to all public
  • The ASB Office is closed to all public
  • The Seed Cleaning Plant is available by appointment only. Drivers are required to remain in their vehicle.
  • The West Dried Meat Lake Regional Landfill and Transfer stations are open, but public are not allowed in the buildings.

Contacting the County

  1. Contact the County by phone or email. 

Essential Services:

Camrose County is committed to maintaining essential services:

  1. The County Peace Officers will remain on duty
  2. The grader operators will continue to maintain the roads
  3. Our utility operators will continue to ensure water and sewer services are maintained
  4. Landfill & Transfer stations are operating within their normal hours
  5. Agricultural Service Board continues to operate
  6. Seed Cleaning Plant continues to operate

Payments to the County

  • Can be made via online banking to your banking institution
    • Camrose County Taxes
    • Camrose County Utilities
    • Camrose County Other (for anything other than taxes or utilities)
    • Click  here for assistance with setting up online banking or contact the County at 780-672-4446.
  • By mailing a cheque or leaving it in the drop box at the front door of the County Administration Office. Please do not mail or drop off cash.

Provincial and Federal Coronavirus resources:

Small Business Resource Information:

Camrose County is maintaining a list of resources for businesses in the community. Contact us at ecdev@county.camrose.ab.ca if you have any questions about the resources available to you while we manage through this situation.

Information for Travellers:

If you are returning from outside Canada:

  • Self Isolate for 14 days
    1. Stay Home
    2. Avoid close contact with others
    3. Watch for symptoms including fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing
    4. Complete the online COVID-19 self-assessment

Government of Canada: Covid19 for Travellers

Alberta Health Services Direction for Returning Travellers

Contact Information

If you have additional questions contact Reeve Cindy Trautman at 780-679-7390 or ctrautman@county.camrose.ab.ca or the Public Information Officer, Anjah Howard, at 780-678-3070 or ahoward@county.camrose.ab.ca.

Message from the Reeve - March 20, 2020

On behalf of Camrose County I want to assure you that we are doing everything to maintain essential services during this difficult time. We want to confirm that our Peace Officers are patrolling, our grader operators are plowing, and our utility operators are ensuring water and sewer service are uninterrupted. Our main focus is to ensure that life is undisrupted as much as possible in these unique times.

In order to protect our staff and the public we are encouraging people to contact the County through phone and email. You can also use our website, Facebook and Twitter to get information or contact us. In person Camrose County meetings are currently being postponed as we are adjusting to the federal and provincial bodies recommendations as well as our internal reviews.

While our staff continue to operate from our facilities we have set up back up systems to ensure service will continue if we need to establish working from home protocols and back up coverage is in place for essential staff.

Our Emergency Operations Centre is not open, and we have not declared a State of Emergency at this time, but that may change as the situation develops. Even though we have not opened our EOC, rest assured that the County team is closely monitoring the situation, working with our neighboring municipalities, the provincial and federal guidelines and adapting our policies as necessary with the primary focus of maintaining essential services.

We are all in this together. Please follow the advice of Alberta Health Services by staying home as much as possible, avoiding large groups, washing your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough and sneeze into a Kleenex or your sleeve. If you are returning from outside of Canada it is imperative that your household self isolates for 14 days.

If you know a neighbor who may need assistance contact them by phone, to see if you can help. Camrose County is a community with a history of working together and we need to continue to do that now.

Camrose County will continue to provide updates on this website and social media. We encourage you to monitor the information because it is changing frequently as we try to keep up with the evolving situation.

Reeve Cindy Trautman

780-679-7390 or email ctrautman@county.camrose.ab.ca

 

 

COVID19 - Update - March 18, 2020, 2:30pm

Camrose County continues to monitor the recommendations of provincial and federal governments.

To promote social distancing, while maintaining open government our Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) meeting scheduled for March 19th at 8am will be live streamed on our Facebook page. We will be monitoring the comments and ensuring relevant information is passed onto the Commission.

The County is limiting all group meetings to a maximum of 25 people and strongly encourage people to consider phone and email contact rather than face to face visits.

Camrose County is committed to maintaining essential services:

  1. The County Peace Officers will remain on duty
  2. The grader operators will continue to maintain the roads
  3. Our utility operators will continue to ensure water and sewer services are maintained
  4. Landfill & Transfer stations are operating within their normal hours
  5. Agricultural Service Board continues to operate but is discouraging in person visits
  6. Seed Cleaning Plant continues to operate; please limit visitation to cleaning operations

Contacting the County

  1. Consider conducting County business by phone or email. 
  1. If you must come to a County facility
  • Only come if you are not experiencing any signs of illness, have not returned in the last 14 days from international travel or have not been in contact with an international traveler
  • Cover any cough or sneeze with a Kleenex or your sleeve
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet
  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds

Payments to the County

  • Can be made via online banking to your banking institution
    • Camrose County Taxes
    • Camrose County Utilities
    • Camrose County Other (for anything other than taxes or utilities)
    • Click  here for assistance with setting up online banking or contact the County at 780-672-4446.
  • By mailing a cheque or leaving it in the drop box at the front door of the County Administration Office.
  • In person, please refrain from using cash payment.

Provincial and Federal Coronavirus resources:

Small Business Resource Information:

Camrose County is maintaining a list of resources for businesses in the community. Contact us at ecdev@county.camrose.ab.ca if you have any questions about the resources available to you while we manage through this situation.

CRE List of Business and Facilities with their status (opened/closed)

Information for Travellers:

If you are returning from outside Canada:

  • Self Isolate for 14 days
    1. Stay Home
    2. Avoid close contact with others
    3. Watch for symptoms including fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing
    4. Complete the online COVID-19 self-assessment

 

Covid19 – Update – March 17, 2020, 2:15p.m.

Camrose County continues to monitor the recommendations of the provincial and federal governments. Based on the information provided by the province on March 17 at 1:30pm, and our internal discussions we will ensure that all County gatherings are kept to less than 25 people.

All essential services such as road maintenance, water refill stations, transfer stations and landfill stations remain open.

County Peace Officers will remain on duty and patrolling communities.

The MPC Meeting scheduled for Thursday morning will still proceed unless new direction is provided from the province. In addition, our Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday March 24, will proceed unless new directives are provided.

The County continues to encourage people to contact us by phone and email; only visit our office if other options are not available. Contact information for all departments is available on our website.

If you have additional questions contact Reeve Cindy Trautman at 780-679-7390 or ctrautman@county.camrose.ab.ca or the Public Information Officer Anjah Howard at 780-678-3070 or ahoward@county.camrose.ab.ca.

For more information on Covid19 visit Alberta Health Services Coronavirus Information.

Remember to practice good hygiene:

  1. Wash hands for 20 seconds
  2. Cover your cough
  3. Stay home if you are not feeling well

 

Covid19 – Update – March 16, 2020, 11:50a.m.

Camrose County administration continues to monitor this situation and to follow the advice of Alberta Health Services.

At this time, operations will continue as normal. We are not closing our doors to the public and we will continue with Council and other meetings.

We are encouraging ratepayers to contact us by phone or email rather than stopping by the office.

We are also encouraging ratepayers to set up digital payments for utilities and taxes, if they haven’t already done so. http://www.county.camrose.ab.ca/content/how-make-online-payment-county. If you need assistance contact reception at 780-672-4446.

We have canceled the Agricultural Hall of Fame banquet.

This is a changing situation as we receive new guidance from the federal and provincial governments. We will keep you up to date as the situation develops.