COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
The Town's priority is the health, safety and well-being of our residents, staff and visitors.
What is Coronavirus?
Government of Canada COVID-19 App
BARCC Crime Prevention Trade Show & Conference Postponed
Help us share credible information
Public Services Affected Services
Garbage, Organics and Recycling
Parks & Recreation
- Temporary signage is posted with perimeter taping
- Playground structure closures are in effect after careful consideration by the Town and include factors such as Alberta Health Services' information about COVID-19 contaminating objects or surfaces from hours up to several days in ideal conditions
- The Town understands these are difficult circumstances and closing playgrounds impact the community. For resources to support individuals and families, visit the COVID-19 Health Related FAQ
COVID-19 Utility Deferral
Answers to Common Health Questions
If I am under isolation, can I leave my property?
The Government of Alberta has updated directives regarding self-isolation and physical distancing. These important directives, can be found on the Government of Alberta website.
It is vital that all residents read and follow these directives.
Updated: April 14, 2020 at 11:00 am
What can I do to stay healthy?
- keep at least 6 feet (about the length of a hockey stick) from others when going out for groceries, medical trips and other essential needs
- limit the number of times you leave your home for errands; try to limit grocery store visits to once a week
- try to have only one person in the household do the shopping
- try to shop at less busy times
- order online to have groceries or other items delivered, if possible
- go for a walk in your neighbourhood or park while maintaining distance from others
- avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed places
- follow Alberta's mandatory restrictions on gatherings
- wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces
- A fact sheet on physical distancing is available online
- practice physical distancing
- stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation
- wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
- avoid touching your face
- avoid travel outside Canada
- isolate for 14 days if you were exposed to COVID-19 or have returned from travel from outside Canada. If sysmptoms occur, you must remain in isolation for an additional 10 days from teh onset of your symptoms or until you're feeling better, whichever is longer.
- isolate for at least 10 days if you are experiencing a COVID-19 symptom not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.
- if you are tested and the result is negative for COVID-19, you are not legally required to isolate.
- watch for COVID-19 symptoms
Is there an app with national COVID-19 information (stats, updates and resources)?
What if I recently returned to Canada (international travel)?
What if I can't reach 811 or my physician?
When should I call 911?
When someone tests positive, isn't the public at risk?
- As soon as a case is identified, the Alberta Government's public health measures take immediate action to protect Albertans.
- Once a case is confirmed, Alberta Health Services immediately conducts a risk assessment of anyone who may have come in close contact with the person who is confirmed as positive for COVID-19.
- Anyone who may have come in close contact will be asked to self-isolate at home, away from the public, until 14 days have passed since their last contact with teh case and will be closely monitored by public health officials.
- If symptoms develop, health officials will coordinate getting care immediately while ensuring that the public and health-care workers are not exposed.
- Anyone who is not contacted by Alberta Health Services is not at risk and does not need to take any additional measures.
Can someone who tested positive spread the virus in public places?
- Alberta Health takes swift action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Anyone who tested positive or who was in close contact with someone who did is asked to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
- It's important to remember how this virus spreads. Unlike measles, it is not airborne.
- At this time, it appears COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person spread by larger droplets, like from a cough or sneeze, or touching contaminated objects or surfaces, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Individuals who passed a confirmed case on the street are not at risk to have contracted the virus.
- Alberta Health continues to act on the best possible information and alert Albertans as appropriate, including updating travel advice and recommending against any travel outside of the country.
The following Town facilities are closed until further notice.
Closed Front Counters
- Town of Barrhead Administration office
- Town of Barrhead Public Works office
- Barrhead Regional Fire Department
- RCMP Office - Limited Service
Closed Town Facilities
- Barrhead Agrena/Walking Track (Opening August 2020, with restrictions)
- Barrhead Public Library (Opening July 2, 2020, with restrictions)
- Barrhead Regional Aquatics Center (Opening July 6, 2020 with restrictions)
- Blue Heron Bowling
- Curling Rink
- Senior Drop-In Center
- Water Treatment Plant
Uncertainty can be emotionally overwhelming
Consult useful online resources
Rely on trusted sources of information
Find someone to listen
- Distress Line: 780-482-4357 (24/7)
- Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 (24/7)
- Family Violence Info Line: 780-310-1818 (24/7)
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 (24/7)
- Children's Mental Health Crisis & Response Team: 780-427-4491 or visit their site for hours of operation
- Addictions Help Line: 1-866-332-2322
- AHS Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642
- Child Abuse Hotline (including reporting suspected child abuse): 1-800-387-KIDS (5437) (24/7)
- LGBT Youthline: 1-800-268-9688 (2-7:30 pm MT Sunday - Friday)
- Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860 (24/7)
- Indigenous Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 (24/7)
- Information and referral to services: call 211 or visit www.ab.211.ca
- Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre Crisis Line: call or text 1-866-956-1099 (24/7)
- Alberta Council of WOmen's Shelters Line (to connect to your local shelter): 1-866-331-3933 (24/7)
- Online Alcoholics Anonymous Counselling (meeting directory)
Keeping Safe, Active and Healthy
Fitness and Recreation Ideas
- Visit a Town park such as Cecile Martin park or take advantage of the trail system that winds through town
- Effective March 18, the Town of Barrhead has implemented the closure of all playground structures on Town land, including schools and open spaces, to decrease or eliminate the spread of COVID-19.
- Exercise at home.
- Other ideas for family activities include: getting a start on gardening and planting seeds, setting up a bird feeder and watching the birds flock to it, work on a home renovation project, play favourite board games and do puzzles with household family, pick up a book you've meant to read, or start a journal
Taking Care of Yourself
- Maintaining your normal routines at home and do enjoyable activities.
- Connecting with family and friends over the phone, social media, and online video chat apps
- Eating well and staying active, getting adequate rest
- Nurturing your spirit through mindfulness, exercise or prayer
- Choosing to step away or set limits for yourself from media reports on the spread of COVID-19
- Information for Young Children and Students
- News, Information and Answers for Tweens and Teens
- Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents
- 20 Screen-Free Things to Do with your Kids Indoors when School is Closed
- 100 Activities to Do at Home During School Closures
- 150+ Educational Shows on Netflix
- Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube
- Doodles with Mo Willems on YouTube
What does it mean?
When to not be at work
- Follow Alberta Health Services guidelines for when to send home sick employees and when employees should initiate self-quarantine
- Allow all employees who can to work from home
- Remain flexible with hours of operations, allowing staff to stagger shifts, so they are not in close physical contact
- Have hand sanitizer available to patrons as soon as they come into your business
- Use disinfecting wipes to clean pin pads on credit/debit machines after each use.
- Don't have staff handle patron debit and credit cards; have patrons use the machine themselves and then disinfect teh machine
- For department meetings and staff gatherings, cancel or keep to a smaller team. Use virtual meetings whenever possible.
- When you do have to be together, keep a distance of 2 metres between people
- If you business will allow for it, close offices to foot traffic
- Set back approaches to counters, so patrons stay 2 metres back from counter staff, if feasible
- Post signs asking patrons to stay 2 metres apart in line-ups
- Limit capacity in restaurants and businesses as much as possible, so patrons remain 2 metres apart
Protect yourself and others
- Keep at least 6 feet (the length of a bicycle) from others when going out for groceries, medical trips and other essential needs
- Limit the number of times you leave your home for errands
- Try to shop at less busy times
- Order online to have groceries or other items delivered if possible
- Go for a walk in your neighbourhood or park while maintaining distance from others
- Avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces
- Follow Alberta's recommendations on mass gatherings
- Wash or sanitize your hands after touching communal surfaces
- Have people order in advance if possible and pay in advance for pickup or delivery
- If you can pay in advance, have delivery orders dropped off on doorsteps without contact
- Support local business as much as possible
For More Information
- Refer to the Alberta Health Services website for the most comprehensive health information
- The Government of Alberta has a fact sheet on physical distancing available on their website
- Mandatory quarantine: Defined as "the imposed separation or restriction of movement of individuals, groups, or communities, for a defined period of time and in a location determined by the public health authority.
- Isolation: Not leaving your home, using public transportation, having supplies delivered rather than doing your own errands, and, in the case that you do need to leave your home, wearing a mask and maintaining two metres distance from others.
- Voluntary home quarantine ("self-isolation"): remaining in a home setting and avoiding contact with others.
- Protective self-separation: Avoiding contact with others and staying home when possible. Recommended for those who are high-risk (odler adults, those with chronic underlying medical conditions or people with compromised immune systems).
- Voluntary avoidance of crowded places: Involves avoiding crowded places or anywhere that rapid self-isolation may not be possible at the onset of symptoms. If you do have to be in public, maintain physical distancing (2 metres of separation) to reduce the risk for droplet transmission.