FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2020
Lethbridge County reminding citizens to stay vigilant as COVID-19 cases continue to rise
LETHBRIDGE COUNTY– As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the province and in the region, Lethbridge County is reminding citizens to remain vigilant and continue practicing the recommendations of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
The most important steps citizens can take are:
• Practicing physical distancing of 2 metres
• Wearing a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible
• Practicing good hand hygiene by washing hands often, with soap, for at least 20 seconds
• Covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding touching your face
• Monitoring for symptoms and self-isolating for the legally-required 10 days if symptoms appear
Gathering restrictions remain in place across the province and are: 50 people maximum for indoor gatherings such as wedding and funeral receptions, 200 people for outdoor audience-type events (sporting events, outdoor performances, etc.), and 100 for other outdoor events and indoor seated audience-type events (wedding ceremonies, funeral services, indoor arts and culture performances, etc.)
Travel outside of the province is still not recommended and Albertans have been asked to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada.
“Although the province is moving through this next phase of relaunch, we must continue to follow public health guidelines to protect each other from the spread of COVID-19,” says Reeve Lorne Hickey. “The rise in cases shows that the pandemic is not over and now is not the time to disregard the guidelines that Dr. Hinshaw has given us. We must act responsibly for the health and safety of our families, friends, and neighbours, and most especially those who are vulnerable. Let’s remember that we are all in this together.”
“I know it has been a very challenging time, but these guidelines have been put in place for everyone’s safety,” says Chief Administrative Officer Ann Mitchell. “The recent increase in case numbers is a reminder that the pandemic is not yet over, and we must remain vigilant. Each of us has a very important role to play in slowing the spread.”
While the County’s Lethbridge office is currently open, the Picture Butte office remains closed to the public. Several procedures have been implemented to ensure the safety of staff and the public, including a limit on the number of people in the reception area at one time, and only one person per family is recommended to enter the building. Anyone experiencing symptoms must not visit the office. Remote payment is encouraged, and options include mailing a cheque or money order or through a financial institution (online banking or at bank branches).
- PSA- Lethbridge County COVID-19 update (June 10, 2020)
- PSA- Playgrounds in Lethbridge County to reopen May 29 (May 29, 2020)
- PSA- Lethbridge County office reopening to public June 1 (May 26, 2020)
- RELEASE- Property tax penalty deferral announced due to COVID-19 pandemic (May 13, 2020)
- RELEASE- Lethbridge County advocating for producers during COVID-19 pandemic (May 7, 2020)
- PSA- Lethbridge County implements procedure for Public Hearings during COVID-19 pandemic (April 23, 2020)
- PSA- Lethbridge County announces 90-day utility penalty deferrals for citizens financially impacted by COVID-19 (April 2, 2020)
Click the link to pay your utility bills and accounts receivables online: Online Payments
CONTACT LETHBRIDGE COUNTY
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Picture Butte office remains closed to the public. The Lethbridge office is open and has several guidelines in place for visitors.
Click the link to view current visiting guidelines and restrictions: Lethbridge office COVID-19 guidelines
PROVINCIAL & FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT (CERB)
The Government of Canada is providing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for working Canadians who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits.
Click the link for more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ASSISTANCE
Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ASSISTANCE
Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CITIZENS
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES (FCSS)- FOR LETHBRIDGE COUNTY CITIZENS
Click the link to go to the FCSS website: FCSS Website
SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
A reference guide on COVID-19 for people with disabilities has been developed by the Government of Alberta.
Click the link for more information: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-information-for-disability-service-providers.aspx
HELP DURING TOUGH TIMES- ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES
This is a stressful time for many. Alberta Health Services has numerous resources if you need help.
Click on the link for more information: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/page16759.aspx
ASSISTANCE FOR LOW GERMAN SPEAKING CITIZENS
Click the link for a full list of resources: Resources in Low German
Click the link for information on how to find assistance: Help in Low German
Click the link for information on Phase 2 of the provincial relaunch: Phase 2 information in Low German
Alberta Health Services has some great resources on staying healthy as we all practice social distancing.
Click the link for more information: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/Page15439.aspx
WELLNESS TOGETHER CANADA
Wellness Together Canada offers mental health and substance use support. It provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.
Click the link for more information: https://ca.portal.gs/
ASSISTANCE WITH PETS
The Alberta SPCA has a program available to assist people with their pets during COVID-19. This includes pet food for those who may be experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic.
Click the link for more information: https://www.albertaspca.org/helpforanimals/
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
- Addiction Helpline – 1-866-332-2322
- Community Resources – 211 Alberta
- Family Violence – Find Supports – 310-1818
- Income Supports – 1-866-644-5135
- Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
- Mental Health Helpline – 1-877-303-2642
INFORMATION FOR PRODUCERS
COVID-19 and SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS
Click the link for more information: COVID-19 and Seasonal Agricultural Workers in Alberta
WORKING WITH ANIMALS DURING COVID-19
Click the links for more information:
Canadian Cattlemen's Association: https://www.cattle.ca/assets/5e5b4243e8/Branding-Time-Information_COVID-19-Tips-for-Canadian-Beef-Operations_Final.pdf
Poultry Industry Council: https://www.poultryindustrycouncil.ca/covid-19-ag-impact-info/
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ASSISTANCE FOR FARMERS
The Government of Canada has announced support for farmers and agri-food businesses through Farm Credit Canada.
Click the link for more information: Government of Canada Assistance for Farmers
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
Alberta BizConnect has resources for businesses who are preparing to reopen as part of the province's relaunch strategy.
Click the link for more information: https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
To help small businesses coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Business Link Alberta is offering a one-stop shop for resources and supports including free advice and coaching. Services are available by phone, email or live chat.
Click on the link for more information: https://businesslink.ca/covid-19/
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has a list of resources that businesses may find helpful as they navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click the link for more information: Economic Developers Alberta Resources List
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
The Government of Alberta is providing emergency funding and support for businesses, such as corporate income tax changes, WCB premium payment deferral, rent assistance, etc.
Click the link for more information: Government of Alberta assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA SOCIAL SERVICES SUPPORT FUNDING
The Government of Alberta is providing funding to charities and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19. Through grants from their local Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding will be distributed to civil society organizations. These organizations will support a range of services needed from at-home help for seniors, crisis and helplines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling or any other identified community issues.
Click the links for more information:
- Guidelines for Social Services Support Funding
- Application Form for Social Services Support Funding
- Additional Information: Government of Alberta Website
COMMUNITY FUTURES FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
Small businesses in the Lethbridge Region impacted by COVID-19 pandemic can now access additional financial relief and recovery support. Community Futures Lethbridge will begin offering tailored small business loans as part of the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. These partially forgivable loans ensure that rural businesses, that do not qualify for other federal business support programs, receive help and support as a result of this crisis.
Click the link for more information: Community Futures Financial Relief for Local Businesses
ALBERTA NETWORK OF ON-HIGHWAY FACILITIES & SERVICES FOR TRUCKERS
An interactive map is available on 511Alberta for truck drivers to find open restaurants, restrooms and showers on Alberta highways. Click the link to view the map: Map of Facilities and Services for Truckers
Download the TraceTogether app, a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others. Click the link for more information: https://www.alberta.ca/ab-trace-together.aspx
MORE INFORMATION ON COVID-19
Click the link to view Alberta Health Services information: AHS COVID-19 information
Click the link to view information on wearing masks: Guidance for wearing of non-medical face masks for the general public