Foothills County Response to COVID-19
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Resources for Home: Plan, prepare and resond to COVID-19A detailed explanation of COVID-19
Call 8-1-1 Health Link if you are sick: CLICK HERE
Please do not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency, as this is a dedicated emergency line.
If you accidentally call 9-1-1 please stay on the line to let the dispatcher know you called by accident and do not have an emergency
Recycling Centre - Turner Valley
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Foothills County Municipal Office (High River)
Social Services Support for COVID-19
The Alberta Government is providing $30 million to municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID-19. Of the $30 million, a total of $14 million has been allocated to support communities outside of Calgary and Edmonton.
Agencies applying for funding are required to complete an application form and submit it to their local FCSS program. For more information on applying to Foothills County FCSS email email@example.com. There is no deadline for applications, they will accepted on an ongoing basis. All funds must be used by March 31, 2021.
NOTE: these funds are not for current supports and services provided to the community. They are to provide additional supports and services to seniors and vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19.
At the March 25 council meeting, council passed two bylaws in order to aid residents who are experiencing financial distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:
March 23, 2020: Municipal Office Closed to Public
Effective March 23, 2020, the municipal offices of Foothills County and the Town of High River are closed to the public. Foothills County continues to provide services, including fire, enforcement, utilities, solid waste and road safety. If you have business with the County, please contact Foothills County by phone or email. County staff contact information is at top of page.
Any items that need to be delivered to the municipal office, may be place in a sealed envelope in the drop box to the left of the front door at the municipal office. Do not put cash in this envelope. Electronic payments are recommended and preferred at this time.
March 19, 2020: Public Hearings Cancelled Until Further Notice
Following the direction of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, to help contain the spread of COVID-19, Foothills County Council has postponed all Public Hearings until further notice. When the Public Hearing is rescheduled, you will receive a notice in the mail with the new date and time. If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact our Planning and Development Department by phone or email.
March 18, 2020: COVID-19
The health, safety, and well-being of our residents and employees and our efforts to maintain important County services for the public are Foothills County top priority. We will continue to operate core services, including fire, enforcement, utilities, solid waste and road safety. If you have business with Foothills County, we ask you to call or email first, before visiting in person.
Prevention starts with awareness.
We are taking additional steps to protect the health of Albertans.
Mass gatherings are now limited to no more than 50 attendees.
This includes worship gatherings and family events, such as weddings and funerals.
Albertans are prohibited from attending public recreation facilities and private entertainment facilities.
This includes gyms, swimming pools, arenas, science centres, museums, art galleries, community centres, children’s play centres, casinos, racing entertainment centres and bingo halls.
Albertans are restricted from attending bars and nightclubs, where minors are prohibited by law.
Take-out, delivery or drive-through service is permitted
These are aggressive steps that we do not take lightly, but these are necessary to keep us all healthy and safe.
COVID-19 is dominating the headlines around the world. While the risk may be still considered low here in Alberta, we are committed to responding with best practices and to work with Alberta Health Services recommendations.
As this situation evolves, Foothills County will provide ongoing updates with our response to COVID-19 on how we will maintain essential services, business and community planning and staff safety protocols. Links to trusted resources for accurate and up-to-date information are listed here on our website.
Foothills County is committed to providing essential services, community water and wastewater, fire department response and road maintenance. We will continue to following all of Alberta Health’s recommended best practices. We can all play a role to reduce the risk and prevent the spread of this virus.
While we hope these collective measures will provide a different outcome than other countries ahead of us on the timeline, we remain optimistic in our resiliency. Many suggestions in the community are being shared about supporting organizations facing loss of business or individuals facing illness. Let’s be creative in our ideas on how to support each other. We are grateful for those who are acting to keep others safe in this uncertain time.