Northern Sunrise County’s COVID-19 Response

Jocelyn Gagnon Announcements, Archived, Current

March 30, 2020

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 all Northern Sunrise County offices are CLOSED to the public.

The Council made this decision with the health and safety of staff and residents in mind.

Staff are available to assist you via telephone 780-624-0013; email general@northernsunrise.net;

or the Northern Sunrise County staff contact list https://northernsunrise.net/contact-us/.

Information on COVID-19 for Albertans:
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Support for Albertans:
https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx

Support for employers and employees:
https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.aspx

Restrictions on gatherings and businesses:
https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings-and-businesses.aspx

Essential Services:
https://www.alberta.ca/essential-services.aspx

March 26, 2020
All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.

Interactive aggregate data on COVID-19 cases in Alberta is available. This data includes age range, sex, geographical area and AHS zone of cases. Data included in the interactive data application is up-to-date as of midday of the date of posting and is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.

Emergency isolation supports are available for Albertans who are self-isolating or who are the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation, and have no other source of income. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at alberta.ca.

The Emergency Financial Assistance web page includes information on the federal and provincial supports.

On March 17, 2020 the Alberta government announced additional emergency funding to charities, non-profits and civil society organizations through the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program to support their COVID-19 response.
COVID-19 Emergency Social Services Support Funding Criteria
COVID-19 Emergency Social Services Funding Request Form.

March 19, 2020
Here is a list of resources that are available to residents.

Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response plan Including:
– Support for Canadians (Income Support, Tax info, and more)
Supports for Businesses

Government of Canada, COVID-19 Outbreak Information
Includes information on risk to Canadians
– Information on the current situation across the country

Government of Alberta, COVID-19 Information
Current Situation
– Info for Albertans
– Government Service Changes
– Court info

March 18, 2020
On March 17, 2020 the Province of Alberta declared a state of emergency under the Public Health Act in response to COVID-19.  More information can be found on the Government of Alberta’s website at:  https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

New public health measures are recommended to limit time that Albertans spend in large crowds and crowded spaces.  Please refer to the above website for information on these public health measures.

The County Office will remain open for the time being from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm. If you are experiencing symptoms such as a cough, fever, fatigue, or shortness of breath please do not come into the office. Instead, phone (780) 624-0013 to make alternate arrangements.

March 17, 2020
Health information on COVID-19 can be found on the Alberta Health Services website as well as Alberta Health’s. There is also an online self-assessment tool for those who are concerned about symptoms. Alternatively, AHS’ Health Link service – dial 811 – is available to offer health advice and information.  

Northern Sunrise County’s COVID-19 Response
Northern Sunrise County is working from our Pandemic Business Continuity Plan which will ensure critical services are maintained.
The County office will remain open for the time being with regular hours of operation.
The County will continue to inform residents of any events being cancelled.

Community Services Update – March 17, 2020 14:40

Effective immediately, all non-essential community service programs are cancelled.  We will still coordinate the community van service for those seniors who require medical and essential shopping in the Town of Peace River.  At this time we still plan to offer the Wheels to Meals program for our seniors with meal delivery only. 
The recent news release from the Government of Alberta declaring a state of public health emergency necessitates us to take action to care of our staff and residents.

March 13, 2020
Health information on COVID-19 can be found on the Alberta Health Services website at ahs.ca. Alternatively, AHS’s Health Link service – dial 811 – is available to offer health advice and information.

Northern Sunrise County is currently drafting a Pandemic Business Continuity Plan.

The Province of Alberta’s Pandemic Influenza Plan (March 2014) does a great job in summarizing the municipality’s responsibilities:

Local Authorities
Under the Municipal Government Act, the role of the local authorities (municipalities, Métis communities) is to ensure a safe and viable community through the continuity of local government and critical services and emergency response. Local authorities’ responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and implementing response plans (Municipal Emergency Management Plans) and business continuity programs.
  • Maintaining the continuity of critical municipal services in consultation with AHS and business and industry (fire, police, water treatment/delivery, waste management).
  • Liaising with AEMA, AHS and other partners to align with broader provincial response and recovery.

Northern Sunrise County is drafting a Pandemic Business Continuity Plan to ensure that critical services are maintained – this includes identifying personnel that can backfill positions within the organization, ensuring materials and supplies are adequately stocked, and taking steps to safeguard the health of County employees. The County will also do what it can to assist the Province and AHS in dealing with the health impacts, if and when that time comes.

Restrictions announced by the Province on March 12, 2020, asked organizers of events with more than 250 people to cancel those events. At this time, the County is reviewing all planned events and will inform residents of any events being cancelled.

Information on the County’s preparation, provision of services, or other announcements will be made on our website (northernsunrise.net) and our social media platforms.

In order to keep a single point of information, the County is not providing health information but instead is directing residents and the public to the Alberta Health Services website at ahs.ca, where there are up-to-date details on COVID-19. The 811 Health Link number is also available to offer health advice and information.

Community Services Update – March 13, 2020 16:37

At this time Northern Sunrise County/Nampa Community Services Department is assessing all community services programming and report the following:

  • All programming at Mamowintowin Hall in Cadotte Lake has been postponed until further notice, following the direction being taken by Woodland Cree First Nation. 
  • Remaining planned programs and events will continue to be offered within the Village of Nampa and Northern Sunrise County pending further updates from the County. 
  • Risk assessments will be conducted prior to all events to determine whether to proceed, postpone, or cancel. 

Please follow the Community Services Facebook pages for updates:
http://www.facebook.com/cadottelakefcss
http://www.facebook.com/NampaFCSSProgram
http://www.facebook.com/stisidorefcss

Or contact your local Community Services Office:
Cadotte Lake 780-629-2477
Nampa 780-322-3954
St. Isidore 780-624-8071
Director of Community Services 780-625-3287

Programs and events may be cancelled with little to no notice. 

At this time, the Community Van Program will run for essential trips only (medical, groceries, etc.). Trips could be cancelled with little to no notice. Contact the Director of Community Services at 780-625-3287 for inquiries.

Participants are asked to avoid the programs and events if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has experienced symptoms.