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Blackfalds, Bentley, Eckville, Lacombe County now under COVID-19 measures

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Lacombe County under new COVID-19 measures

Lacombe County has moved to Enhanced Status on the Provincial Relaunch Status Map. The Province of Alberta has implemented a number of voluntary and mandated public health measures for our community to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Lacombe County Enhanced Status applies to the Town of Blackfalds, Town of Bentley, Town of Eckville, Village of Alix, Village of Clive, as well as ALL hamlets and summer villages within our municipal boundaries and the remainder of Lacombe County.

  • Hamlets include: Mirror, Haynes, Joffre, Tees, Morningside, Rosedale, Hespero
  • Summer Villages include: Gull Lake, Sunbreaker Cove, Birchcliff, Half Moon Bay

    Lacombe County currently has 11 active cases, for a case rate of 50.5 per 100,000 people.

    We are actively monitoring the situation and continue to monitor Alberta Health Services (AHS) instructions. The health, safety and well-being of County residents, businesses and employees and maintaining essential services for the public are the County’s top priorities.

    Lacombe County is under the following Public Health Measures as directed by AHS:

    MANDATORY MEASURES (As of November 17, 2020)

  • 15-person limit on social and family gatherings – indoors and outdoors – where people are mixing and mingling.
  • Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10pm and close by 11pm – applies to Class A, B or C licenses (Nov 13-27).
  • 50-person limit on indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services. VOLUNTARY MEASURES
  • Faith-based gatherings limited to 1/3 capacity at one time.
  • Limit your cohorts to no more than 3: your core household, your school, and one other sport or

    social cohort. Young children who attend child care could be part of 4 cohorts, given that child

    care settings have not been a high risk for spread.

  • Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace, like an office or

    cubicle, where you are safely distanced from others, or an appropriate barrier is in place.

  • No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community. Instead, socialize

    outdoors or in structured settings, like restaurants or other businesses that are subject to legal

    limits and take steps to prevent transmission.

  • Employers in office settings should implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.

WHY THESE MEASURES ARE NEEDED

We must take action now to help slow the virus’s spread and make sure the health system can continue supporting patients with COVID-19, influenza and many other needs. There is a time lag between when people get infected and when new cases are identified. This means the cases we see today were infected up to 2 weeks ago. By following provincial recommendations, staying home and reducing close contacts, you can lower the chance of spreading the virus to others.

We must work together to protect each other. These measures will help protect our health care system, keep schools and businesses open, and protect vulnerable Albertans by limiting the spread of the virus.

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO

We must continue following existing public health measures to keep ourselves and others safe:

  • Keep two metres apart when you can, wear a mask when you can’t
  • Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Monitor your symptoms every day
  • If sick, stay home, get tested, and follow mandatory isolation requirements while waiting for

    results:

o if positive, isolate from others for 10 days or until symptoms are gone, whichever is

longer
o if negative, stay home until you’re better

  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Get the flu shot to keep influenza cases low so health workers can focus on the COVID-19

    pandemic

  • Stay informed: Stay up to date on the situation and get your information from reliable sources,

    such as this webpage: www.alberta.ca/COVID19.

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Train Derailment south of Lacombe: 1 rail car leaked liquid asphalt

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News Release from Blackfalds RCMP

Blackfalds RCMP advise of train derailment – Update

Blackfalds, Alta. – On July 2, 2021, at 8:15 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a 911 call of a train derailment along Highway 2A in Lacombe County.

Initial reports suggested a number of oil cars were leaking oil and possibly on fire. A nearby residence was evacuated as a precaution, and multiple emergency crews responded.

Emergency crews were able to determine that 23 train cars had derailed, four of which were carrying Tar Oil (liquid asphalt). Upon further inspection, only one of the cars was found to have a leak while the remaining were intact. No fires had started.

No injuries were reported and those evacuated were able to return home.

CP Rail and Lacombe County Emergency Management remain on scene and Highway 2A is expected to be blocked to traffic for several more hours while crews investigate and cleanup.

CP Rail Police has taken over this investigation.

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$100,000 to the winning community – Come on Red Deer – we can do this!

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The Red Deer Wellness Network is excited to announce that Red Deer will be participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge from June 1st – June 30th, as we strive to be named Canada’s Most Active Community.

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is helping strengthen communities through physical activity and sport because everything gets better when you get active. ParticipACTION is awarding $100,000 to the community who rallies the most participants and accumulates the most active minutes during the challenge. There is also a new this year, Provincial Prize. Participants can also win individual prizes through the ParticipACTION app when activity minutes are logged.
We are encouraging all residents aged 17 and older to download the app and track their activity to support our Community Better challenge! You can also track it on the website. 

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Download the new ParticipACTION app
2. Track and contribute to total active minutes from June 1st to June 30th.
3. Invite your friends to do the same! You can also create a team on the app to encourage one another along the way and win team prizes.

Schools, Sport Organizations, Workplaces and Gyms are encouraged to track their activities as a group on the ParticipACTION website. Families can track for their whole family on the website and groups can track for large group participation.

Steps to log as a group:
Step 1:  Go to www.participaction.com/challenge

or scan this QR Code.

Step 2: Sign up as a group organization or as a family with a name and e-mail
Step 3: Start tracking activity minutes from June 1-June 30th. You may enter daily or all at once.  Example: School Name, 500 students, 60 minutes of activity/day, 10 days
Step 4: Deadline to enter all minutes is July 1st at midnight

The Red Deer Wellness Network is an umbrella organization for a variety of non profit groups in the city that have a focus on wellness, active living and healthy nutrition.
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