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The County of Stettler has now been classified as an ‘enhanced’ region for COVID-19

According to the Province, there are now 10 active cases in the County, which has a population of 12,449 people

On Nov. 30th, Stettler and Stettler County Region moved into Enhanced Status (purple) on the Provincial Relaunch Status Map, with 10 active cases and an active case rate of 80.3 per 100,000 people.

This status change includes all communities within the borders of the County of Stettler No. 6, including the Town of Stettler and the Villages of Donalda and Big Valley, according to a release.

The threshold for moving to Enhanced Status is an active case rate of at least 50 per 100,000 people with a minimum of 10 active cases.

“Please note that the new measures for Enhanced Status communities will remain in place until at least December 15, regardless of whether their daily active cases would otherwise merit a change back to Open Status. This will provide stability and certainty for communities and businesses, especially in the County of Stettler No.6, which are just over our threshold and whose status might otherwise fluctuate back and forth over the next few days and weeks as cases are added or resolved.”

Effective Nov. 24th, the following measures are in place across Alberta:

– no indoor social gatherings in any setting

– outdoor gatherings have a maximum attendance of 10

– weddings and funeral services have a maximum attendance of 10, with no receptions permitted

– no festivals or events

– working from home should be considered, where possible

– Grades 7-12 will be doing at-home learning between Nov. 30th to Jan. 11th, 2021

– ECS-Grade 6 at-home learning after break until Jan. 11th, 2021

Additional measures in place that affect our region under Enhanced Status include:

– places of worship must operate at one-third capacity with mandatory masking in place

– restricted access to some businesses and facilities

More information on the new measures, including the specific restrictions on businesses, can be found https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx.

If you are self-isolating: stay home, do not attend work, social events or any other public gatherings, do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park.

This includes children in mandatory self-isolation.

Also, avoid contact with other people, including household members and especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems and don’t take public transportation like buses, taxis or ride sharing Additional supports:

o Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642

o Addiction Help Line: 1-866-332-2323

o Calls made to these numbers between 11 PM and 7 AM will be routed through 811.

For more information, check out www.stettlercounty.ca or www.stettler.net.

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