Red Deer placed on COVID-19 ‘watch’ list

COVID-19 cases in Red Deer and Central Health Zone continue to rise with 60 active cases and Red Deer has been put on the Alberta Health Services’ watch list.

Communities are placed on the watch list when they reach at least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases per 100,000. Alberta recorded another 2,268 cases of COVID-19 over the past four days for an average of 567 cases per day.

“With Red Deer now placed under an Alberta Health “watch”, we are reminded that no community or region is immune to this virus, and we need to continue to be extremely diligent in ensuring we limit community spread,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “The city was in communication with Provincial health officials today, and there are currently no additional provincially mandated or requested additional restrictions in place because of the watch status at this time. Council and the city’s Emergency Operations Centre are closely monitoring the situation, and will be responding to public health guidelines as necessary to determine what additional local measures may need to be taken in the coming days and weeks to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

“This is a fluid situation that we will continue to monitor on a daily basis,” said City Manager Allan Seabrooke. “We have been, and will remain in close contact with Alberta Health officials, and will assess the need for additional safety measures in our community, which may include, but not limited to, enhancements to our existing face covering bylaw, tightening restrictions at city facilities or any other gathering restrictions mandated by Alberta Health.”

“We, as a community, need to remain steadfast in our local resolve to stop the spread of COVID-19. I urge all Red Deerians to continue to follow the advice of Alberta Health, now more than ever,” said Mayor Veer. “We need to continue to take personal precautions to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by practicing physical distancing, washing and sanitizing hands often, staying home when sick, wearing a face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, and limiting the number of people we share close contact with.”

Being placed on a watch list means the province is monitoring the risk and discussing with local government and other community leaders the possible need for additional health measures. The province has not requested additional measures at this time, and the City of Red Deer will continue to update our community following our ongoing discussions with Alberta Health.

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