COVID-19 Information

Lamont County recognizes the seriousness of the current situation regarding COVID-19 and is taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of staff and ratepayers, according to Alberta Health Guidelines. Any questions about Lamont County's response, program changes, or about COVID-19 in Alberta can be directed to the Communications Coordinator

COVID-19 Vaccine Program 

***Albertans 64+ can now book vaccine***
Alberta Health, with input from Alberta Health Services, has identified the key populations to be included in the province's phased immunization program. Exact amounts and timelines are subject to change. The approach will be amended as needed depending on vaccine supply.

Stating February 24, 2021, those 75 years (born in 1946) or older can book an appointment by calling Health Link (811) or online through the Alberta Health Services Covid-19 Immunization Booking page.

Starting March 10, 2021, Albertans born in 1957 can book appointments to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Stage 2A of the vaccination program begins March 15 by birth year, starting with 1947 or FNMI born 1962, for those who want the AstraZeneca vaccine. Visit  https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx#phases for more information on vaccination stages.

Sign up through Alberta Health to get notified when it's your turn to be vaccinated.

Government of Alberta Restrictions Update - March 10, 2021

A Path Forward is a roadmap to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. It outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks.

Step 2 changes of A Path Forward come into effect March 8:
  • Retail services and shopping malls can increase customer capacity to 25% of fire code occupancy, not including staff. 
  • Banquet halls, community halls and conference centres can open for some activities.:
    • Wedding ceremonies up to 10 people,
    • Funeral services up to 20 people,
    • Virtual events
    • College and university athletics, lessons, practices and physical conditioning activities (10 people maximum). 
    • Permitted performance activities (in-person audiences are not allowed):
      • adult performers and performance groups (10 people maximum)
      • individual or group rehearsals
      • livestreamed performances
      • large indoor film activities with approval. 
The lifting of these restriction are in addition to restrictions lifted March 1 on libraries and expanded indoor fitness activities.

All other restrictions remain in place, including:
  • No indoor social gatherings.
  • Entertainment facilities remain closed.
  • Services, like physio and hair salons, open by appointment only.
  • Places of worship limited to 15% capacity for in-person attendance.
  • Working from home is mandatory unless a physical presence is required to operate effectively.
Visit alberta.ca/CovidMeasures for additional details.

Government of Alberta Restrictions Update - February 8, 2021

Step 1 restriction changes came into effect February 8, these include:
  • All indoor social gatherings are prohibited. Outdoor social gatherings can have up to 10 people. This will be enforced with $1,000 fines.
  • Restaurants can open for in-person dining
  • Children and youth can participate in limited school and team sport activities
  • One-on-one indoor fitness training is permitted, by appointment only

Government of Alberta Mandatory Restrictions - January 18, 2021

Alberta declared a State of Public Health Emergency to reduce cases and protect the health care system. Social gatherings are the top source of transmission of COVID-19.

Mandatory restrictions are in place as of January 18, 2021, which will be enforced with $1,000 fines:
  • All indoor social gatherings are prohibited. Outdoor social gatherings can have up to 10 people.
  • Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum and must not have an indoor component.
  • Wedding and funeral receptions are not permitted. Wedding ceremony and funeral service attendance is limited to 10 people maximum for wedding ceremonies, and 20 people maximum for funeral services, with mandatory masking and 2 metre physical distancing between households
  • Faith services are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance. Physical distancing between households must be maintained. Mask use is mandatory.
  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces.
  • Working from home is mandatory when physical presence is not required.
  • Current child care and K-12 learning measures remain in effect.
  • Personal and wellness services can open by appointment only.
  • All other restrictions remain in effect.
For the full list of restrictions and additional details visit www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

Lamont County Update - December 9, 2020

The Government of Alberta has announced new province-wide mandatory measures for businesses and social gatherings. These restrictions will be in place for a minimum of four weeks: 
  • All indoor and outdoor social gatherings – public and private are prohibited and the mandatory indoor public masking requirement is now extended province wide. These restrictions begin immediately.
  • Restrictions and closures for businesses and places of worship take effect starting 12:01 a.m., December 13, 2020.
  • Mandatory work from home measures will be implemented effective 12:01 a.m., December 13, 2020, unless the employer determines that work requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness.
Lamont County Administration and Public Works buildings will be closed to the public as of December 13, 2020. Any members of the public requiring service are encouraged to do so online or make an appointment.

COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC

Lamont County is following the direction of Alberta Health, which is the authority on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) for municipalities.

COVID-19 Vaccine Program

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and save lives. The vaccine helps prevent you from getting infected and protects you from getting severely sick if you do get it.

Albertans are being vaccinated as fast as supply allows. This is happening in phases so people most at risk get it first. More groups will be eligible as we get more doses. Everyone who wants a vaccine, will get a vaccine. But you may have to wait until people most at risk get vaccinated first. Review the phases to find out when it's your turn:
  • Phase 1: January to March 2021
    • Starting Feb. 24, any Albertan born in 1946 or earlier can book an appointment
  • Phase 2: April to September 2021
    • Group A - Albertans aged 65 to 74, no matter where they live
    • Group B - Albertans aged 18 to 64 with high-risk underlying health conditions
    • Group C - Health-care workers providing direct and acute patient care who have a high potential for spread to high risk individuals, & 
      Caregivers of Albertans who are most at risk of severe outcomes
    • Group D - Albertans aged 50 to 64, no matter where they live
  • Phase 3: Fall 2021 - Anticipated start of roll-out of the vaccine to the general public.
COVID immunization appointments can be booked by calling Health Link (811) or online through COVID-19 immunization appointment online.

For more information visit www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx.

Monitor Your Symptoms

Albertans should monitor their symptoms everyday to help protect others and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Adults over 18 should stay home and get tested if they have any COVID-19 symptom. Children under 18 should refer to the daily screening checklist for instructions.
Core Symptoms
If you have any of these core symptoms, you need to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they are gone, whichever is longer, or until you test negative. Symptoms apply to all COVID-19 strains, including variants.

Adults over 18:
  • cough
  • fever
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
Children under 18:
  • cough
  • fever
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of sense of taste or smell

Testing

COVID-19 testing is available to all Albertans with symptoms, close contacts of confirmed cases and those linked to an outbreak.

To reduce wait times and speed up test results during the busy winter cold and influenza season, priority testing is available to:
  • any person exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19
  • all close contacts of COVID-19 cases
  • all workers and/or residents at specific outbreak sites
People can access testing by completing the COVID-19 self-assessment online. A separate self-assessment tool is available for health care and shelter workers, enforcement and first responders.

Isolation

Please note: You are legally required to isolate if:
  • you returned from travelling outside of Canada. You must isolate for 14 days from your return. If symptoms occur, you must remain in isolation for an additional 10 days from the onset of your symptoms or until you’re feeling better, whichever is longer.
  • you have been identified by AHS as a close contact of a person(s) with COVID-19. You must isolate for 14 days from the date of your last exposure to COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
  • you have a COVID-19 symptom that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. You must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. 
Anyone under mandatory isolation must stay indoors and only go outside on their own private property – meaning their yard or balcony if it’s at least two metres from their neighbours'.
  • Stay home – do not leave your home or attend work, school, social events or any other public gatherings.
  • Avoid close contact with other people, including household members but especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Should any symptoms occur, complete an online self-assessment (http://ahs.ca/covid) to determine next steps and whether testing is required.

Federal & Provincial Financial Support Programs

Provincial Programs

*New*  Working Parent's Benefit - Starting March 1, working parents can receive a one-time payment of $561 per child if they paid for full-time child care for at least three months between April and December 2020. Apply by March 31.

*New* Critical Worker Benefit - Get $1,200 for serving on the frontlines during the pandemic. Eligible Albertans include health, social services, core retail and supply chain workers.

*NEW*  Energy Savings for Business - Grants of up to $250,000 per project are available to small and medium businesses to make energy efficiency and on-site energy generation upgrades, such as upgrades to lighting systems, refrigeration, motors and drives, and more.

Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant - Funding is available for small- and medium-sized businesses, co-ops and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 to offset a portion of their relaunch costs.

Federal Programs

Agriculture Job Connector - Agriculture employers and workers can use these tools and resources to find jobs, skilled workers, financial help and other supports. 

Canada Emergency Business Account
- This program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced due to the economic impacts of the
COVID-19 virus.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) - Provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants, and to meet operating expenses on commercial properties. Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
 - If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) - The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of: $1,250 for each 4-week period or $2,000 4or each 4-week period, if you have dependants or a disability.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

Step Up to the Plate - Help Feed Canadians
- This resource helps connect people with jobs in agriculture and agri-food. They include positions on farms, in food and beverage manufacturing, in distribution, and much more.

Resources

Trusted resources are listed below, or you can call the Government of Alberta, toll free, at 310-4455 or Canada Health at 1-833-784-4397 for information.

Downloads for More Information

Government of Alberta COVID-19 FAQ
Public Health Agency of Canada - About Coronovirus Infographic
Public Health Agency of Canada - Be Prepared (COVID-19) Infographic