Important Notice
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Important Notice

COVID-19 Updates Click Here | For Phone Updates Call 1 855 627 5365

Current Status: Active

COVID-19 Update
August 13, 2020 15:45

3 active cases
22 recovered
25 total

Please continue to follow recommended practices and behaviors for the mutual benefit of the entire community. 

Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources. For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not 
self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or submit online here.




COVID-19 Update
August 11, 2020 15:50

4 active cases
21 recovered
25 total

Please continue to follow recommended practices and behaviors for the mutual benefit of the entire community. 

Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources. For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not 
self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or submit online here. 




COVID-19 Update
August 10, 2020 16:30
4 active cases
21 recovered
25 total

Please continue to follow recommended practices and behaviors for the mutual benefit of the entire community. 

Masks, including homemade cloth masks or non-medical face masks, are another way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in areas where physical distancing (2 metres distance between individuals) may be challenging or not possible. Masks are another tool that complement – not replace other measures that have proven to be effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 between people. 

At this time AHS is not making masks mandatory to enter business, some businesses may choose to make masks mandatory to enter their business, be respectful, and be kind. If you are unsure if a mask is required please contact the business directly. 

Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources. For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or go to: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case
 



COVID-19 Update
August 6, 2020 16:00

3 active cases
20 recovered
23 total


To view data on COVID-19 cases in Alberta, visit https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm

For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions and preventive measures visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or go to: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case

Be accountable for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and take precautions to protect yourself and others. 

 



COVID-19 Update
August 5, 2020 16:00

4 active cases
19 recovered
23 total

To view data on COVID-19 cases in Alberta, visit https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm

For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions and preventive measures visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or go to: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case

Be accountable for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and take precautions to protect yourself and others. 



COVID-19 Update
August 4, 2020 16:30

The Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management Organization (PCREMO) continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Future updates from PCREMO will be communicated when any significant changes occur regarding the pandemic, for example, a significant increase in numbers or changes in government actions. 

Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources. For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19 

The Pincher Creek region has moved its regional destination to “open” with our confirmed active cases of COVID-19 dropping to 7. To view the interactive map of regional classifications, and statistics visit https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm

While this may be a reason to celebrate as a community on our efforts to lower our numbers of confirmed active COVID-19 numbers, it does not mean it is a time to relax what we are doing. Please do your part to stop the spread by following all the guidelines of Alberta Health Services. 

Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times. Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs.

Masks should complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.

When to use a mask:

  • When it’s difficult to maintain 2 metres distance from people for a prolonged period of time:
    • public transit and airplanes
    • grocery stores and pharmacies
    • hair salons and barbershops
    • some retail stores
    • as part of the school re-entry plan, school health measures now include mandatory masks 

When not to use a mask:

  • If it’s dirty or damaged in any way
  • If it gaps or doesn’t fit well
  • If it’s been used by another person
  • Children under 2 years of age
  • Anyone that has trouble breathing
  • When you are only with people from your own household
We have become aware of an increasing amount of stigma related to COVID-19 infections in our community. We wish to remind our residents that stigmatization can be harmful. According to Alberta Health Services, stigma can cause individuals to hide their illness, which can undermine testing and treatment efforts. Furthermore, stigmatized individuals may also face social avoidance or rejection, and experience physical violence. Above all, please show kindness to your neighbor.  People who have contracted the COVID-19 virus did not do so with intent and they need our compassion and support at this time.

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint to AHS, and a public health inspector will look into it. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or visit this site to submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case



COVID-19 Update
July 30, 2020 16:30

The Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management Organization (PCREMO) continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Future updates from PCREMO will be communicated when any significant changes occur regarding the pandemic, for example, a significant increase in numbers or changes in government actions. Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources. For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19 

To view the interactive map of regional classifications, and statistics visit https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm

Be accountable for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Take precautions to protect yourself and others:

  • keep at least 2 meters (about the length of a hockey stick) distance from people outside your household or cohort family
  • limit the number of times you leave your home for errands
  • try to have only one person in the household do the shopping
  • try to shop at less busy times
  • avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces
  • wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces
  • wear a mask in public when distancing is not possible 
  • download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public 
  • wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer 
  • use gloves properly if you choose to wear them (they are not necessary) 
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow 
  • avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
You should get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptom. If you have any these symptoms you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer:
  • Fever
  • Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
For more information on testing, visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-testing-in-alberta.aspx

Every COVID positive case is followed up directly by AHS.  These clients will be contacted by the Communicable Disease Control (CDC) team and information regarding those client’s close contacts will be gathered and followed up confidentially by the team.  CDC follows stringent guidelines to determine who is an identified close contact.  Clients who have a positive test are not expected to do their own contact tracing and are discouraged from doing this as many factors influence who, in fact, is considered to be a close contact. If you have not been contacted by AHS you are not considered to be a close contact of a positive COVID case.

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint to AHS, and a public health inspector will look into it. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or visit this site to submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case



COVID-19 Update
July 29, 2020 16:00

11 active cases
11 recovered
22 total


The Pincher Creek region remains in the "watch" designation with 11 active confirmed cases of COVID-19. 


To view data on COVID-19 cases in Alberta, visit https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm

For a map of regional classifications, visit www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map 

For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions and preventive measures visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or go to: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case

Be accountable for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and take precautions to protect yourself and others. 

 


COVID-19 Update
July 28, 2020 16:30

12 active cases
10 recovered
22 total


The Pincher Creek region remains in the "watch" designation with 12 active confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

For a map of regional classifications, visit www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map 

To view data on COVID-19 cases in Alberta, visit https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm

For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions and preventive measures visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or go to: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case

Be accountable for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and take precautions to protect yourself and others. 



COVID-19 Update
July 27, 2020 16:00

The Pincher Creek region continues to remain in the "watch" designation with our confirmed cases of COVID-19 rising to 13. We are 1 of 18 regions to be in this designation. To view the interactive map of regional classifications, visit www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map 

For more information on testing and to take the COVID-19 assessment, visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-testing-in-alberta.aspx 

Every COVID positive case is followed up directly by AHS.  These clients will be contacted by the Communicable Disease Control (CDC) team and information regarding those client’s close contacts will be gathered and followed up confidentially by the team.  CDC follows stringent guidelines to determine who is an identified close contact.  Clients who have a positive test are not expected to do their own contact tracing and are discouraged from doing this as many factors influence who, in fact, is considered to be a close contact. If you have not been contacted by AHS you are not considered to be a close contact of a positive COVID case.

Be accountable for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Take precautions to protect yourself and others:

  • keep at least 2 meters (about the length of a hockey stick) distance from people outside your household or cohort family
  • limit the number of times you leave your home for errands
  • try to have only one person in the household do the shopping
  • try to shop at less busy times
  • avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces
  • wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces
  • wear a mask in public when distancing is not possible 
  • download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public 
  • wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer 
  • use gloves properly if you choose to wear them (they are not necessary) 
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow 
  • avoid touching your face with unwashed hands

Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources.
For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint to AHS, and a public health inspector will look into it. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or visit this site to submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case



COVID-19 Update
July 24, 2020 16:00

The Pincher Creek region remains in the "watch" designation. To view the interactive map of regional classifications, visit www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map 

PCREMO wants to remind people that rumors and stigmatization of COVID diagnosis can cause harm. Be kind to each other and remember that language and actions can hurt others. When people feel fear they may be less likely to get tested. 

Any person who wants to be tested can now be tested, even if they don't have symptoms.
The following groups will continue to receive priority for testing:
  • any person exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19
  • all close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • all workers and/or residents at specific outbreak sites
  • all workers and residents at long-term care and level 4 supportive living facilities
  • all patients admitted to continuing care or transferred between continuing care and hospital settings
You should get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptom.
If you have any these symptoms you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer:
  • Fever
  • Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
For more information on testing, visit https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-testing-in-alberta.aspx 

Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources.
For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint to AHS, and a public health inspector will look into it. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or visit this site to submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case


COVID-19 Update
July 23, 2020 16:30

The Pincher Creek region remains in the "watch" designation with 12 confirmed active cases, 5 recovered for a total of 17 cases.  It is important to note that our Pincher Creek regional cases continue to rise, the guidance below is not an optional suggestion.  

Today, Dr. Hinshaw, the Chief Medical Officer for Alberta in her update to Albertans shared that she is very concerned with the rise in numbers and the increase should be a wake-up call to all Albertans.  PCREMO recommends watching the announcement today as Dr. Hinshaw encourages all Albertans to take steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Watch Dr. Hinshaw’s update here: https://bit.ly/3hsYDpJ 

Businesses are reminded that guidance documents are located on www.alberta.ca/bizconnect These documents should be used to comply with public health measures and workplace guidance to reduce the risk of COVID-19 among staff and customers.

PCREMO encourages the use of non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain a physical distance of 2 meters. When worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask or face covering can reduce the spread of his or her own infectious respiratory droplets.

Take precautions to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are feeling ill, stay at home
  • Practice physical distancing (a hockey stick apart)
  • Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible
  • Practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
  • Monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing

Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources. For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19 


If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint to AHS, and a public health inspector will look into it. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or visit this site to submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case



Gathering restrictions (as of July 20, 2020)
 

Alberta is currently in stage two of its relaunch strategy which was launched on June 12. In stage two, Albertans can enjoy more indoor and outdoor activities, while observing public health orders on gathering sizes and physical distancing.
 
The following measures remain to protect Albertans’ health and limit the spread of COVID-19 in stage two:
 
  •  50 people maximum for indoor social gatherings which includes wedding and funeral receptions, birthday parties.
  •  200 people maximum for audience-type community outdoor events, such as festivals, firework displays, rodeos and sporting events, and outdoor performances
  • 100 people maximum for outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events, including wedding ceremonies, funeral services, movie theatres, arts and culture performances and other events where people remain seated.
  •  There is no limit on the number of people attending worship gatherings (congregational singing is a high-risk activity and is discouraged), restaurants, cafes, lounges, bars, as well as casinos and bingo halls, provided public health measures are in place.
  •  Households can increase their close interactions with other cohort households to a maximum of 15 people.
Everyone at a gathering of any kind should maintain the recommended physical distance and observe public health recommendations such as frequent hand-washing. Albertans are encouraged to wear a mask in public when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
 
As mentioned, worship leaders may now offer in-person services with no cap on attendance - as long as physical distancing of two metres is maintained between families and household groups. However, congregational singing is a high-risk activity and is discouraged. Consider a soloist or instrumental music instead.

Here are some ways to reduce the risk at gatherings:
  • People who have any symptoms should not attend. Encourage anyone with symptoms to get tested and stay home from work or family gatherings until they are feeling better.
  •  Either reduce the number of people taking part, or change the location to make physical distancing easier. Albertans are encouraged to wear a mask in public when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
  •  Stagger the time of arrivals and departures from gatherings so that not everyone is there at the same time.
  •  Make sure there is plenty of access to handwashing stations or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  •  Have someone responsible to frequently clean surfaces that are touched often.
  •  Promote practices like coughing and sneezing into your elbow and washing your hands often.
  • Contact Alberta Health Services Environmental Public Health before doing any volunteer projects that involve preparing food or collecting donations. These types of activities can spread COVID-19.
Thank you for your co-operation in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


COVID-19 Update
July 22, 2020 16:00
 
The Pincher Creek region remains in the "watch" designation with 12 confirmed active case. To view the interactive map of regional classifications, visit www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map
 
PCREMO encourages people to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 meters at all times. When worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask or face covering can reduce the spread of his or her own infectious respiratory droplets.
 
Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing, physical (social) distancing and staying home when you are sick. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs.
 
When to use a mask:
 

  • When it’s difficult to maintain 2 meters distance from people for a prolonged period of time:
    • public transit and airplanes
    • grocery stores and pharmacies
    • hair salons and barbershops
    • some retail stores
 
When not to use a mask:
 
  • If it’s dirty or damaged in any way
  • If it gaps or doesn’t fit well
  • If it’s been used by another person
  • Children under 2 years of age
  • Anyone that has trouble breathing
  • When you are only with people from your own household
 
Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources.
For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19
 
If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint to AHS, and a public health inspector will look into it. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or visit this site to submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case



COVID-19 Update
July 21, 2020 16:15

Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management (PCREMO) is continuing to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are in regular contact with AHS, as well as provincial emergency management planners.

The Pincher Creek region, which includes the MD of Pincher Creek and the hamlets within their boundaries, the Town of Pincher Creek, Village of Cowley and Piikani Nation, currently have 12 confirmed active cases of COVID-19. To view the interactive map of regional classifications, visit ww.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map 

Today, the Government of Alberta announced that schools will be reopening in September, for information on back to school please visit www.alberta.ca/returntoschool 

Please remember to be kind to each other, we do not want to stigmatize others as people who are afraid may be less likely to get tested. Our language and actions can hurt others.
Today, Premier Kenney reminded Albertan’s to continue to observe public health guidelines and not to give up on the progress we have made.  COVID-19 is not over and most likely won’t be over for months to come. Let’s all get back to the basics and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Take precautions to protect yourself and others:
  • If you are feeling ill, stay at home
  • Practice physical distancing (a hockey stick apart)
  • Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible
  • Practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
  • Monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing

Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources. For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint to AHS, and a public health inspector will look into it. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or visit this site to submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case


COVID-19 Update
July 20, 2020 16:00

Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management (PCREMO) is continuing to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are in regular contact with AHS, as well as provincial emergency management planners.

The Pincher Creek region, which includes the MD of Pincher Creek and the hamlets within their boundaries, the Town of Pincher Creek, Village of Cowley and Piikani Nation, currently have 12 confirmed active cases of COVID-19, as well as 2 recovered. This means that our area is still under “watch” designation.  

Currently we are 1 of 13 other regions with this designation. To view the interactive map of regional classifications, visit www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map At this time there are no immediate changes being recommended.

Please remember to be kind to each other, we do not want to stigmatize others as people who are afraid may be less likely to get tested. Our language and actions can hurt others.
Be accountable for helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Take precautions to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are feeling ill, stay at home
  • Practice physical distancing (a hockey stick apart)
  • Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible
  • Practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
  • Monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing
 
Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources.
For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint to AHS, and a public health inspector will look into it. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or visit this site to submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case





COVID-19 Update
July 17, 2020 16:00
 
The Pincher Creek region, which includes the MD of Pincher Creek and the hamlets within their boundaries, the Town of Pincher Creek, Village of Cowley and Piikani Nation, currently have 10 confirmed active cases of COVID-19, as well as 1 recovered. This means that our area has moved from a designation of “open”, to “watch”.
 
What does the "watch" status mean?

  • the province is monitoring the risk and discussing with local government(s) and other community leaders the possible need for additional health measures,
  • at least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases per 100,000.
We are already in regular contact with AHS and provincial emergency management planners. With this status, we'll be having more extensive discussions and working together. At this time there are no immediate changes being recommended.
 
Currently we are 1 of 9 other regions with this designation. To view the interactive map of regional classifications, visit www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map
 
Please remember to be kind to each other, we do not want to stigmatize others as people who are afraid may be less likely to get tested. Our language and actions can hurt others.
 
Any COVID positive case is followed up urgently by AHS.  These clients will be contacted directly by the Communicable Disease Control (CDC) team and information regarding those client’s close contacts will be gathered and followed up confidentially by the team.  CDC follows stringent guidelines to determine who is an identified close contact.  Clients who have a positive test are not expected to do their own contact tracing and are discouraged from doing this as many factors influence who, in fact, is considered to be a close contact. If you have not been contacted by AHS you are not considered to be a close contact of a positive COVID case.
 
It is the responsibility of all residents to do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
and take steps to protect themselves and others:
 
  • If you are feeling ill, stay at home
  • Practice physical distancing (a hockey stick apart)
  • Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible
  • Practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
  • Monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing
 
Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources.
For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19
 
If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint to AHS, and a public health inspector will look into it. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or visit this site to submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case

COVID-19 Update
July 17, 2020 13:30

 
Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management Organization (PCREMO) continues actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and providing regular updates. This update is on behalf of Pincher Creek's congregate living facilities. A further update from PCREMO will be released later today.
 
A key pillar in the Relaunch Strategy is strong protection for the most vulnerable Albertans, in particular those living in Congregate settings. Vista Village, Crestview and Whispering Winds are this type of setting. It is imperative that residents of these facilities and their families remain vigilant to protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19. The frail elderly are at extremely high risk of severe outcomes including death if they contract COVID-19.
 
According to the Medical Officer of Health Order #23-2020 it is recommended that residents do not participate in unnecessary outings, however they may choose to do so as activities open up in the community. Some families feel that spending time with their loved ones on and off the facility property is indeed necessary to help maintain the resident’s physical or psychological health or well-being.
 
Having said that, the current climate in Pincher Creek, the MD of Pincher Creek, the Village of Cowley and the Piikani Nation has changed significantly the past few days in regards to confirmed COVID cases. With the Relaunch Strategy and summer upon us, friends/family gatherings, opening of restaurants/shops and sporting events upon us, and COVID-19 transmission is now occurring at a higher rate. 
 
Pincher Creek's congregate living facilities strongly encourage families to very carefully consider this increase in confirmed COVID cases in SW Alberta and re-consider seeing their loved ones in person at congregate living sites.

COVID-19 Update
July 16, 2020 16:30

 
The Pincher Creek region, which includes the MD of Pincher Creek and the hamlets within their boundaries, the Town of Pincher Creek, Village of Cowley and Piikani Nation, currently have 9 confirmed active cases of COVID-19.
 
Please remember to be kind to each other, we do not want to stigmatize others as people who are afraid may be less likely to get tested. Our language and actions can hurt others.
 
AHS would like to communicate to the residents of the Community of Pincher Creek and region the following regarding contact tracing for COVID-19.
 
Any COVID positive case is followed up urgently by AHS.  These clients will be contacted directly by the Communicable Disease Control (CDC) team and information regarding those client’s close contacts will be gathered and followed up confidentially by the team.  CDC follows stringent guidelines to determine who is an identified close contact.  Clients who have a positive test are not expected to do their own contact tracing and are discouraged from doing this as many factors influence who, in fact, is considered to be a close contact. If you have not been contacted by AHS you are not considered to be a close contact of a positive COVID case.
 
AHS’ process following a confirmed case of COVID-19:
 
•         When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed by lab testing, AHS’ Public Health team contacts the individual and provides them with education, advice and direction to isolate, in addition to the opportunity to ask any questions and address any concerns. Public Health also works with the individual to determine who they have been in contact with since their symptoms started.
•         AHS then directly contacts any individual considered to be a close contact of a confirmed case. These individuals are asked to self-isolate and testing for COVID-19 is offered. This is called contact tracing, and is done in response to each case of COVID-19 we confirm by lab testing.
•         Only those individuals contacted directly by AHS are considered to be a close contact. If you are not contacted directly by AHS, you are not considered exposed enough to be called a close contact.
•         To protect patient privacy, no patient details are provided about the patient with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
•         If you are determined to be a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, you will be contacted directly by AHS.
                                            
 
It is the responsibility of all residents to do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
and take steps to protect themselves and others:
 

  • If you are feeling ill, stay at home
  • Practice physical distancing (a hockey stick apart)
  • Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible
  • Practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
  • Monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing
 
Please ensure you are receiving your information from trusted sources.
For the latest news for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit alberta.ca/covid19
 

If you feel a group or business is not abiding by the current rules or or you believe someone is not self-isolating when required to do so, you can submit a complaint to AHS, and a public health inspector will look into it. Please call 1-833-415-9179 or visit this site to submit a complaint: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case
 




COVID-19 Update
July 15, 2020 17:00


The Pincher Creek region, which includes the MD of Pincher Creek and the hamlets within their boundaries, the Town of Pincher Creek, Village of Cowley and Piikani Nation, currently have 7 confirmed active cases of COVID-19.

Not feeling well? Stay home!
If you have any these symptoms you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer. If you have symptoms, take the online assessment to arrange testing:

  • Fever
  • Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
If you have any of these other symptoms, stay home and minimize your contact with others until your symptoms resolve:
  • Chills
  • Painful swallowing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite)
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye
Monitor your health and call Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns. Call 911 immediately if experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness.

Physical distancing:
To protect yourself and others:

  • keep at least 2 metres (about the length of a hockey stick) distance from people outside your household or cohort family
  • limit the number of times you leave your home for errands; try to limit grocery store visits to once a week
  • try to have only one person in the household do the shopping
  • try to shop at less busy times
  • go for a walk in your neighbourhood or park while maintaining distance from others

Wearing a mask:  
When to use a mask

  • When it’s difficult to maintain 2 metres distance from people for a prolonged period of time;
  • public transit and airplanes
  • grocery stores and pharmacies
  • hair salons and barbershops
  • some retail stores
When not to use a mask
  • If it’s dirty or damaged in any way
  • If it gaps or doesn’t fit well
  • If it’s been used by another person
  • Children under 2 years of age
  • Anyone that has trouble breathing
  • When you are only with people from your own household
For more information on mask wearing follow this link. 

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