City of Lacombe COVID-19 status upgraded to enhanced

As of Monday, there are 19 active cases in the city and 3 in the county

COVID-19 (Black Press file photo)

COVID-19 (Black Press file photo)

The province reported 330 active cases in Central Alberta on Monday and close to 8,000 cases across Alberta.

The City of Lacombe has been upgraded to an enhanced measures list with 19 active cases. Lacombe County currently has 3 active cases.

According to the Government of Alberta, enhanced measures mean this risk level requires enhanced public health measures to control the spread.

Following Premier Jason Kenney’s announcement on Nov. 6 all communities who are under a watch status, 10 or more cases, are required to have limited social gatherings. Any informal social gathering must be limited to 15 people both inside and outside.

This does not include structured events like wedding ceremonies, funeral services, worship service or seated audience shows. It does apply to parties, receptions and other private social functions.

Tomorrow’s outdoor Remembrance Day ceremony will be also limited to 15 people and Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey cautioned those who plan on attending.

“Unless you were specifically invited, I would suggest it might be more appropriate to pay your respects in other ways than attending in person,” said Creasey at the Nov. 9 regular council meeting.

The voluntary measures announced include limiting cohort to no more than 3 groups such as your personal household, your school and one other social cohort such as a sports team.

It is also being recommended that people wear a mask in all indoor work settings where you are sharing space with others and are unable to social distance.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.