Kneehill County - COVID-19 Information For Residents

As of Friday, March 13th the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) has been activated for Kneehill County. Effective Wednesday, March 18th at 1pm the Kneehill County office was to the public. The Municipal Planning Commission meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020 will now take place at 1:30 pm, following the Council meeting on Tuesday, March 24. Both of these meetings will be live-streamed. Residents and applicants can watch the meetings on Kneehill County’s YouTube channel, rather that attend the meeting in person.

96.5 CKFM spoke to Kneehill County's Chief Administrative Officer Mike Haugen on Monday, March 23rd.

Updated March 18, 2020, 1:00 PM

On March 17, 2020, the Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency, implementing aggressive public health measures province-wide to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect Albertans.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and have travelled outside Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and take the online assessment from Alberta Health Services. Do not go to a health care facility without consulting 8-1-1 first. If you have been tested for COVID, you will be called directly with your test results. If you need immediate medical attention, call 9-1-1 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

Kneehill County Preparedness

As of March 13, the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) has been activated for Kneehill County. This means staff are meeting daily to proactively implement measures to try to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate potential impacts on the community. Kneehill County has also implemented Business Continuity processes and protocols to maintain all essential services during this time.

While Kneehill County residents may experience some service level disruptions and event cancellations as a result of the virus and the evolving situation, essential services, such as road maintenance, water, and fire services, will not be disrupted.

Public Interaction

EFFECTIVE AT 1:00 PM March 18, 2020, Kneehill County is CLOSED to the public until further notice. 

Residents can still access most of Kneehill County services through alternative means, either electronically, through email or online, at www.kneehillcounty.com.

If you need assistance or are unsure how to access our online services, please contact Kneehill County, 403-443-5541, or office@kneehillcounty.com.

Transfer Stations

The Drumheller Solid Waste Association has suspended their Recycling Services until further notice. As a result, Kneehill Country Transfer Stations are unable to take cardboard and newspaper recycling at this time. Please hold onto your cardboard and newspaper recycling until these services resume. 

 Garbage pick-up and Transfer Site hours will continue as regularly scheduled for the time being.

Kneehill County Events, Workshops and Activities

We are currently looking at all County-organized events and will be evaluating them to determine if they should proceed, be postponed, or be canceled. Please check back for updates. 

As a precaution, we have decided to cancel the following events:

  • The Birds and the Bats Workshop in Three Hills, Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Countryside Tree Care Workshop in Swalwell, Thursday, April 3, 2020

We will also be suspending the ASB’s sale of Gopher Poison until further notice.

Council and Committee Meetings

At this time, regular Council meetings will continue. 

The Municipal Planning Commission meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020 will now take place at 1:30 pm, following the Council meeting on Tuesday, March 24. Both of these meetings will be live-streamed. Residents and applicants can watch the meetings on Kneehill County’s YouTube channel, rather that attend the meeting in person.

Illness Prevention

To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
  • when coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs
  • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill

Background

An outbreak of respiratory illness, now known to be caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, was first identified in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the virus a public health emergency. The novel coronavirus disease has been given the name COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit these reliable sources: 

Media Releases

Kneehill County is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 health risk for any new developments and will follow protocols in accordance with Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) recommendations. Please check Kneehill County’s website and social media for updates as the situation continues to evolve.

We thank you for your patience during these extraordinary circumstances.

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