“This is also not the time for people to go out to their summer cottages or seasonal villages to self-isolate. Services and supports are limited in these communities.” - Dr. Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health in Alberta
What Is Happening?Since its appearance in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has spread globally, affecting over 400,000+ people so far and has now been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
COVID-19 can cause serious respiratory illness. Because it is a new virus with no treatment or immunity in people, it is critical for people with any symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat) to stay home and self-isolate to keep it from spreading.
In Alberta, “Given global spread, it is likely that new cases will continue to be detected in our province. While most people who catch this virus have a mild illness, it can be severe or even deadly for our elderly, and those with other medical conditions.” - Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health
- Alberta Government has the most complete official information available at www.alberta.ca/covid19
- OFFICIAL Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
- Alberta Health Services www.ahs.ca/covid
- Canadian Public Health www.canada.ca
- List of financial supports, from both the province and the nation - list managed by Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)
Government of Canada resources
- Canada's response to COVID-19
- Outbreak update – federal government hub for daily COVID-19 updates
- Technical guidance for communities, schools/daycares, health professionals and business
- Advice for health professionals
- Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
- Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings
- Updated travel advice
- COVID-19 awareness resources
- Vulnerable populations
- How to isolate at home
- Travellers returning to Canada
- Travellers returning from Iran, Italy and Hubei Province, China
- Know the facts: Factsheet | Infographic
- Be prepared: Factsheet | Infographic
- Reduce the spread of COVID-19: Wash your hands
- How to care for a person with COVID-19 at home: Advice for caregivers
- Know the difference: Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19
What you can do?
- Watch this short video on how you can be better prepared.
- Avoid international travel at this time
- Prepare for "social-distancing" (trying to keep yourself away from other people, especially large crowds)
- Wash your hands often and well
- Cover your cough
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
Remember, the fewer people who catch the disease, the better hospitals can help those at risk.
What Should I Do If I Think I Have COVID-19?
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing and have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811.
Do NOT go to a physician’s office, a health care facility or a lab without consulting with Health Link 811 first. Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate medical attention and inform them that you may have COVID-19.
Restrictions now in place"There is a window of opportunity for Alberta to slow the spread of the virus, and thereby protect the health of Albertans. Other countries who have faced this crisis have proven that immediate public measures are necessary to prevent the spread of the virus and protect public health." -
- Mass gatherings are restricted.
- Schools, daycares and post-secondary institutions are closed, could be until September.
- Any citizens returning from international travel (from anywhere) are to self-quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival
- Expect this pandemic to take many months to unfold. We are currently using a conditions based assessment, restrictions will be removed as we are able to report slowing in COVID-19 growth rates and limited transmission to a level that our health care system can keep up.
If you are under quarantine and are running low on supplies, remember you can phone the local store to place & pay for your order and then have a neighbour or friend make the delivery without making any contact with you.
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Protecting Pigeon Lake
When a large scale disaster strikes, Pigeon Lake is protected by the Regional Emergency Management Agency (REMA) through collaboration of all 10 municipalities.
With partnerships between the Summer Villages of Argentia Beach, Crystal Springs, Golden Days, Grandview, Itaska Beach, Ma-Me-O Beach, Norris Beach, Poplar Bay, Silver Beach, Sundance Beach and we protect our community, residents and visitors with the Regional Emergency Management Plan (REMP).
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For Emergencies Call 9-1-1
How You Can Prepare
Our agency is here to make sure you are as prepared as you possibly can be for potential disasters and other emergencies. These events can strike suddenly, at any time and anywhere. There are actions everyone can take that can help make a difference.
- Know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in your community.
- Have a family disaster plan and have practice it.
- Have an 72 hour emergency preparedness kit.
- Train at least one member of your household in first aid and CPR/AED.
- Volunteer and take action to help your community prepare.
- Prepare your children on how to cope and use 911.
MITIGATION = the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something
Our agency is continually working on ways to minimize risk and be prepared as a community.
Remember your role is important too!
Volunteer and Donate
Tips for Donating and Volunteering Responsibly:
- Cash is the most efficient method of donating - cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources.
- Donate through a trusted organization - please ensure your donations are getting to the people in need through trusted groups such as Red Cross, Salvation Army and St. John Ambulance. Learn more about these non-government organizations (NGO) partners.
- Affiliate yourself with an existing non-profit organization before coming to a disaster area - immediately following a disaster a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Working with an organization ensures you are properly grouped, trained, and able to respond in the most effective way.
- Be safe - do not self deploy until a need has been identified. Once you have safely arrived checkin and ensure you wear and work safely.
- Be patient - recovery is a long process and will last much longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for weeks, often months after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period. Take time to rest and remember we are all working towards making things better.
- Cash is the most needed and efficient way to help those impacted by disaster.
- Confirm what is needed BEFORE dropping off any goods.
- If specific goods are needed they will be requested.
- Unsolicited goods may distract agencies from providing necessary services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items and may not meet the needs of survivors.
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