Athabasca County is sharing information with our residents about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to keep everyone aware of service changes with public facilities and municipal services.
This remains a changing situation, and as we continue to monitor the situation, we will endeavour to share any updates with you in a timely fashion. Please check back to this web page to stay up-to-date. (athabascacounty.com/covid-19)
You can access the provincial government’s web page providing current COVID-19 information for Albertans by clicking the link below.
As of November 22, 2020, Bylaw 032-2020 is now in effect and the wearing of face coverings (masks) are now required in all public places and public transportation. Alberta Health has placed the Athabasca Region under ‘enhanced’ status after over 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were confirmed.
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Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – effective Nov. 24
- No indoor social gatherings are permitted in any setting (private homes, public spaces or workplaces)
- Indoor close contacts must be limited to people in the same household
- People who live alone can have up to the same 2 non-household contacts for the duration of the restriction
- Work and support group meetings are not social gatherings, but attendance should be limited and public health measures followed
- This does not apply to service visits from caregivers, health or child care providers and co-parenting arrangements
- Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people and must not have an indoor component
- Backyard gatherings that require movement in/out of homes are not permitted
- Attendees should remain distanced at all times and follow public health measures
- Festivals and events are prohibited (indoors and outdoors)
There are safety measures in place for the County Administration Office such as physical barriers, floor markings, and social distancing measures. As of November 22, 2020, face coverings (masks) are required when visiting the Athabasca County Admin Office and frequenting public places, using public transportation, or places where proper social distancing isn’t possible. The Town of Athabasca also has a Face Coverings Bylaw in place as of November 23, 2020.
ATHABASCA COUNTY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
Effective December 1, 2020, In-person Meetings By Appointment Only
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm
Telephone and Electronic Inquiries can also be made:
780-675-2273 | 1-844-662-2273 | email@example.com
Payment Options – For those who need to make payments, electronic options are available through your financial institution. Our mail drop box is also available to the left of the main entrance doors of the County Admin Building, 3602 – 48 Avenue, Athabasca, AB.
PUBLIC WORKS SHOP & YARD
Closed to in-person public access. Contact the Athabasca County Admin Office with all Public Works inquiries.
FAMILY & COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES (FCSS)
As of Monday, July 6, 2020, programs are accessible to the public by appointment and pre-registered small groups only. This will include the Family Wellness (Diversion) program, Family Centre, Family School Liaison program and the Seniors Advocate.
Participants and clients will need to answer screening questions, have their temperature checked, as well as use a face mask (adults only) and hand sanitizer (both of which will be provided on site). These measures will remain in place to protect staff and members of the public.
Remote services being offered over the last few months will continue, and staff will provide information, referrals, as well as services by telephone and email during this time.
To access these programs, or get referrals to other services, call the FCSS main line at 780-675-2623, or the Northern Lakes Family Resource Network Hub Coordinator, Nadine Wiselka at 780-675-8304.
ATHABASCA REGIONAL MULTIPLEX, FITNESS & AQUATIC CENTRE
The Athabasca Regional Multiplex, Fitness and Aquatic Centre is closed to the public from November 28, 2020, through January 2, 2021.
Please contact the Multiplex with any questions: 780-675-2967
Public libraries in Rochester, Grassland, and Wandering River have all been closed due to the closure of schools across Alberta.
The library in Athabasca has reopened with the following hours:
Tue, Wed, Thurs and Fri 10 am – 5:30 pm
Sat. 10 am – 4 pm.
Closed Sunday & Monday
FACTS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
The risk of COVID-19 transmission is of great concern to health officials who are announcing new steps daily to slow its spread. Efforts are being made nationally to reduce the transmission of the virus including self-isolation, hand washing, and cancellation of large gatherings.
Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should contact their primary care provider or call 8-1-1.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a COVID-19 telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397.
Athabasca County is following all guidelines provided by the Alberta Ministry of Health to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
ONLINE SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL
AHS has implemented a new online assessment tool. This tool will guide Albertans to answer questions about symptoms and take them through steps to help determine whether they need testing.
ONLINE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TOOL
The Government of Canada has launched an Online Benefits Finder Tool to help Canadians impacted by COVID‑19. It is intended to help people determine which federal, provincial and territorial government benefit programs best meet their needs. To use the tool, individuals are asked to answer a few simple questions and are then given a personalized list of financial benefits that could be available to them. The tool will be updated as needed, as government continues to support Canadians during this challenging time.