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COVID-19 Information

Foothills County Response to COVID-19

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Trusted Sources of Information

Government of Canada 
Government of Alberta

Alberta Health Services
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Resources for Home: Plan, prepare and resond to COVID-19A detailed explanation of COVID-19

MYTH BUSTERS - World Health Organization's Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

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

Foothills County Closures

Recycling Centre - Turner Valley
Scott Seaman Sports Rink
Crescent Point Regional Field House
Blackie Hill Park Playground
Cayley Playground
Aldersyde Playground
Dinton Playground

No Public Access to

Foothills County Municipal Office (High River)
Foothills County Fire Stations
Peace Officers
Agricultural Services Building
Public Works - Aldersyde & West Shop

FCSS - Family Community Support Services

Local Resources:

Okotoks Family Resource Centre
High River FCSS Resource Centre
Foothills County Community Resources
Foothills County FCSS Coordinator:  T: 403-603-6229  E: mdfcss@foothillscountyab.ca

Social Services Support for COVID-19

Funding Criteria - pdf

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 mdfcss@foothillscountyab.caThere 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.

 

Foothills County COVID-19 Updates

March 25, 2020:  Financial Relief for Foothills County residents

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: 

  • Resident’s who receive utility invoices from Foothills County for water/sewer/garbage will continue to receive their utility bills but Foothills County has waived all penalties on delinquent accounts until December 31, 2020.
  • Foothills County has eliminated the October 1, 2020 tax penalty.

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.
Be informed on how you can protect yourself and other from COVID-19
Learn more about COVID-19 from trusted sources.

We are taking additional steps to protect the health of Albertans.
New public health measures are now recommended to limit the time Albertans spend in large crowds and crowded spaces. Effective immediately:

Mass gatherings are now limited to no more than 50 attendees.

This includes worship gatherings and family events, such as weddings and funerals.
This does not include: grocery stores, shopping centres, health-care facilities, airports, the legislature and other essential services.

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.
Sit-down restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, food courts and other food-serving facilities, including those with a minors-allowed liquor license, are limited to 50% capacity to a maximum of 50 people.

Take-out, delivery or drive-through service is permitted
Licensed facilities are permitted to deliver liquor
Buffet restaurants are an exception and must close

These are aggressive steps that we do not take lightly, but these are necessary to keep us all healthy and safe.
I understand the tremendous impact this will have on all of us. We will get through this together, but we need your help and support by following these recommendations and all other public health guidance.
Albertans’ health is and will always be our top priority.

Additional FAQs - pdf

Message from Reeve Suzanne Oel

Message from the Reeve - pdf

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.