By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Independent
Things continue to escalate around the world with threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
World-wide, the death toll from the disease has surpassed 5,000, and there are now over 132,000 confirmed cases spread across the globe. Fortunately, Canada has fared relatively well, with only 107 confirmed cases and one death across the country, as of the writing of this article. In Alberta, there has been 23 confirmed cases out of 4,288 tests analyzed, meaning that the risk level to Albertans remains low, officials say.
To further protect Albertans, the provincial government has requested that mass gatherings of more than 50 people featuring international travellers be cancelled.
In addition, any gatherings over 250 people that don’t feature international travel should be cancelled. The cancellations currently do not affect school, or worship gatherings, but they do cover community events.
To date the Town of Stettler has not had to cancel any town-sponsored or town-run events, but Corp. Communications Director Lara Angus says the Town is monitoring the situation and planning for further action if required.
“We’re monitoring the situation very closely,” said Angus.
“We’re following the steps given by the Alberta Provincial Government and Alberta Health Services. We’re watching for notices for AHS so we can align what we do with them.”
Recommendations issued so far from the Province include frequent handwashing with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding the touching of one’s eyes, face or mouth with unwashed hands, and staying away from others if you feel ill.
Meanwhile, the Princess Ball which was to run March 14th has been postponed. Also, the Early Years Fair which was to run March 17th has been cancelled.