Mountain View County and the town of Sundre issued a joint municipal statement on Friday, March 27th regarding visitors to the area during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many people have vacation homes, part-time residences and recreation or seasonal lots in the town of Sundre and in Mountain View County, the two municipalities ask that those people remain at home right now. By doing so, those individuals will do their part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
96.5 CKFM spoke to Sundre Mayor Terry Leslie on Friday, March 27th.
March 27th, 2020
To Our Fellow Albertans and Visitors,
We are writing to you as a friend, a host and a neighbour requesting your consideration before you travel to our area during this difficult time. Many people have vacation homes, part time residences and recreation or seasonal lots in our town and in Mountain View County. You may find Mountain View County and Sundre as a beautiful place to escape, relax and unwind. We appreciate all that you bring to our area and your contributions to our town.
This is a stressful time with the threat of COVID-19 spreading throughout Canada. Closures of Schools, and Recreation facilities, cancellation of trips planned months in advance, all lead to a desire to find a place to escape. We would like to request at this time that before you visit us you consider that we have a small hospital and a limited number of doctors and medical staff that cover the emergency department, clinics, and hospital in-patients.
Our town is small and isolated and our closest other healthcare facilities will likely be strained with regional cases. Transport of patients between Sundre and other municipalities can be difficult at the best of times and moving Covid-19 patients will put many emergency health care providers at risk.
We are doing what we can to ensure we are able to provide essential services to our residents and an increase in population or visitors could put those staff and service providers at further risk.
Throughout the year, summer months, winter holidays, and long weekends we are honoured to have you visit our County and town. During this time though we ask that you remain home and do your part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the potentially very serious illness that comes with it.
We thank you for your consideration and allowing us to focus on giving our local residents and community the best possible care.