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.
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Foothills County Municipal Office (High River)
As businesses prepare to reopen as part of Alberta's relaunch strategy, resources are available to help keep you, your staff, and your customers safe.
Guidance for reopening: Alberta Biz Connect
All workplaces are expected to develop and implement policies and procedures to address COVID-19.
Effective April 29, 2020, Foothills County Council passed a motion permitting the occupancy of recreational vehicles to assist people in self-isolating until July 1, 2020
Foothills County recognizes the challenges some families and front-line workers face when trying to self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to assist our residents who need to self-isolate, the county has relaxed some of the rules regarding occupancy of recreational vehicles
For rural properties / acreages:
All landowners utilizing recreational vehicles shall ensure that the septic holding tanks are emptied into a proper sani dump station or are emptied by a mobile vacuum truck service.
Community Peace Officers have been provided enforcement authorities under the Public Health Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Foothills County CPO’s will be working alongside Public Health Inspectors, RCMP and other front line enforcement agencies to promote voluntary compliance with the Orders issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, that legally require:
For full details and information on these Orders, please visit COVID-19 info for Albertans
Anyone found in violation of an Order may be charged under the Public Health Act. Each offence carries a fine of $1000.00 plus surcharge. Alberta Courts can administer fines of up to $100,000.00 for a first offence and up to $500,000.00 for a subsequent offence for serious violations.
TO FILE A COMPLAINT: Please submit complaints to Alberta Health Services (AHS) Public Health Inspectors if you are concerned that an establishment or a person is not following Public Health Orders. Public Health Inspectors, with the assistance of CPO’s / RCMP when required, will investigate the complaint.
To report a high-risk physical distancing situation Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, call Foothills Patrol at 403-603-6300.
At all other times, submit complaint directly to the AHS Complaint Portal.
April 20, 2020: Increase in Local COVID Cases
The Foothills region is seeing an accelerated increase in cases of COVID-19 in the Foothills-High River area. Foothills County is working closely with Alberta Health Services, Town of High River and City of Calgary on this situation.
A message of encouragement from Foothills County Reeve Suzanne Oel
We have been going through a world-changing few weeks and dealing with a lot of stress. Every morning we have to make a decision whether to be overwhelmed by this new reality, or whether to RISE-and-SHINE!
I invite you to do just that: RISE-and-SHINE!
Start your day with positive thoughts and action. Think about something you are thankful for and share with your family, friends and co-workers.
Help someone. Ask for help. Encourage someone. Read a good news story. Be filled with inspiration. There’s hope and we will get through this together. One day at a time.
You are valued by Foothills County. We are thinking of you and your families and send Easter Greetings and best wishes for your health and safekeeping!
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.