COVID-19 Information

Lamont County COVID-19 Response

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

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.

Lamont County Update - December 7, 2020

Active COVID-19 cases in Lamont County have reached 17 as of December 7, 2020, and the county has been placed under "Enhanced"  status.  

In accordance with the new mandatory restrictions in place for Enhanced areas, outlined in the November 24, 2020, State Public Health Emergency, all indoor social gatherings have been banned. This ban will be enforced with $1,000 fines. Businesses are expected to limit their in-person access to reduce the amount of contact between people in the community.

Lamont County urges all residents to continue to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Wash or sanitize your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face and keep physical distancing. Please monitor your symptoms; if you have any symptom, especially cough, fever, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste and/or smell, stay home and take the online assessment to arrange testing.

Albertans are legally required to isolate for 10 days if they have any core symptoms not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, and to quarantine for 14 days if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or if they travelled outside Canada.

Government of Alberta State of Public Health Emergency - November 24, 2020

On November 24, 2020, the Government of Alberta declared a State of Public Health Emergency and announced several new mandatory public health measures to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19, based on recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

Mandatory measures to bend the curve are in effect.

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Lamont County Update - November 9, 2020

As of November 9, 2020, Lamont County's COVID-19 cases have dropped to nine, and Alberta Health has dropped our status back to "Open". Residents are asked to continue safe hygene practices, and are strongly encouraged to restrict social gatherings below 15 people.

Lamont County Update - November 3, 2020

Active COVID-19 cases in Lamont County have reached 10 as of November 3, 2020, and as a result the county has been placed under “Watch” status for COVID-19 for the first time.

Lamont County has been informed that these 10 active cases include four non-community exposure cases and six unknown-source cases; seven out of the 10 cases are in people 30 years or older. No outbreak has been identified.

Lamont County urges all residents to continue to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Wash or sanitize your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face and keep physical distancing. This means stay at least two metres (six feet) away from others when in public or social settings, wear a mask, and limit the number of people you come into close contact with.

Monitor your symptoms! COVID-19 symptoms are similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses and can range from mild to severe. Even people with mild symptoms can spread COVID-19 to others. If you have any symptom, especially cough, fever, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste and/or smell, stay home and take the online assessment to arrange testing.

Albertans are legally required to isolate for 10 days if they have any core symptoms not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, and to quarantine for 14 days if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or if they travelled outside Canada.

Lamont County Update - September 8, 2020

At the September 8, 2020, Council Meeting, Council passed a motion to re-open Lamont County Administration and Public Works buildings to the public as of September 14, 2020. In preparation for this re-opening, Lamont County has implemented the following protocols and procedures to help ensure the health and safety of staff and the public:

  • Plexiglass has been installed at front desk reception areas and at additional desks in offices that encounter high traffic.
  • Floor decals have been placed onto the entrance floors in each building to help guide the public on where to stand and further promote social distancing. A maximum of 4 (four) people will be allowed inside at once. Any party who does not have a floor decal to stand on will be required to wait outside in a line.
  • Masks and sanitizer are supplied and made available at the front entrances.
  • Ratepayers who require a meeting must book an appointment in advance.
  • All visitors will be pre-screened and will not be allowed entrance if they fail the questionaire.
  • The public will be limited to the front entrance or a meeting room. The public washroom is not permitted for use unless it is an emergency.

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.

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. Symptoms can include:
    • Common symptoms: cough, fever (over 38°C), shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
    • Other symptoms can include: stuffy nose, painful swallowing, headache, chills, muscle or joint aches, feeling unwell in general, new fatigue or severe exhaustion, gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), loss of sense of smell or taste, conjunctivitis (pink eye).
    • Symptom of serious illness: difficulty breathing or pneumonia.
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.

Stopping the Spread

To reduce your risk and help prevent COVID-19’s spread (along with influenza and other common viruses), practice good hygiene such as hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands. Stay at home and away from others if you’re feeling under the weather. You can dial Health Link at 811 if you have questions or concerns about your health.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay at home and call Health Link at 811. You should not go to a health care facility without consulting 811 first. The public is encouraged to visit Alberta Health and the Government of Canada’s websites for verified information and steps people can take to keep our community healthy.

Federal & Provincial Financial Support 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