The City of Lacombe officially activated its Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) in response to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic at 9 a.m. this morning.
“This activation allows us to focus resources and a dedicated task team to prepare and respond to this issue, and is not meant as a declaration of emergency,” said Chief Administrative Officer/ECC Director Matthew Goudy. “We will be meeting regularly to implement measures as the situation develops in the province. At this time there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Lacombe and the risk of contracting the virus is low.”
“We are prepared to support Alberta Health Services in its efforts to contain this pandemic, and are monitoring the situation closely in our community,” said Director of Emergency Management Eric Graham. “The ECC activation provides us with an organized and focused approach in preparation for future developments in this national crisis.”
“I want all residents to know that the City of Lacombe is well prepared to act as required for the best possible outcomes,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “We have plans in place that ensure the ongoing operations of important City services continue in a safe, methodical and timely manner. We will continue to be vigilant in providing services important to your daily life. In the meantime, I would encourage you to remain calm and do your part to ensure we remain safe and healthy. We are all in this together, and a cooperative, common-sense approach will serve us well in the days ahead.”
At this time, regular and committee meetings of Council, and Subdivision and Development Appeal Board meetings will continue, but the public are encouraged not to gather in Council chambers unless participating in the meeting. Council meetings will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/Lacombenews/live
We also ask that you refrain from attending any public meetings if you have recently travelled outside of Canada or are feeling unwell.
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General Prevention Tips
- Wash your hands often and well. Wash with warm water and soap to remove both visible dirt and invisible germs. Ensure you wash all parts of your hands, including under fingernails. This should take at least 20 seconds.
- Wash your hands before preparing or eating food, after using the washroom, blowing your nose, handling garbage, or touching shared objects.
- Avoid touching your face or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of the tissue into a plastic-lined garbage bin.
- Wash your hands afterwards. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into a flexed elbow.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
During a crisis, misinformation will circulate. The most current and accurate information about COVID-19 can be found at www.alberta.ca/covid19.