Local officials urge residents to continue to keep up with COVID-19 safety measures

County of Stettler and region reached ‘Watch Status’ on the COVID-19 Interactive Map earlier this month

Earlier this month, the Government of Alberta announced that the County of Stettler and region has reached ‘Watch Status’ and has turned blue on the COVID-19 Interactive Map.

”Even though our Province continues to be easing up restrictions, we all need to respect that this virus is still here with us,” said Larry Clarke, Reeve of Stettler County.

“As the Stettler Region was put on a ‘watch’ last week with a spike in cases in our area, it is a very good reminder to watch where we are going, what we are doing, how we conduct ourselves and remind ourselves COVID-19 is still with us.

“We need to take the proper precautions, for ourselves, our community and especially for our more vulnerable citizens. Many of our local businesses will be requesting you ‘mask up’ before entering. Please be kind and respectful of everyone’s Covid-19 protocols – we are all doing our best to keep our staff, families and our community safe.”

In the meantime, testing continues through to July 31st at the Stettler Community Health Centre from 9:30 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

To book your test, call 811 (there may be a long wait time). You can also complete an online self-assessment and self book by visiting https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx.

If you are not able to complete one of the above options, come to the front door of the hospital and get a referral from the screening personnel. Then proceed to the Community Health Centre to be swabbed.

If you are being swabbed, do not eat or drink for one hour prior to your appointment.

“The Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency (SREMA) would like to remind our communities and citizens to remain vigilant in physical distancing (two meters), and with personal hygiene and sanitization practices at home, at work and while you are out in the community,” noted a release.

“I think the best thing is to continue to do with what we’ve been doing since March,” said Mayor Sean Nolls. “Maintain social distancing, respect everyone’s space, keep your hands clean and sanitized, and if you are entering a space that feels like you can’t socially distance, wear a mask.

“People from the Stettler community are smart, resilient, and courteous. We have been living through coronavirus since March, and because of the efforts of everyone from the community of Stettler, we have been able to safe. If we continue to be cautious, we will get through this together.”

There are now 29 active cases of COVID-19 in Stettler County.

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