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City encouraging residents to continue following health guidelines

Cold Lake provides update on COVID-19 response

The City of Cold Lake COVID-19 task force continues to work with Alberta Health Services to assist its efforts and share the latest information in response to COVID-19.

The city is encouraging residents to continue to follow provincial guidelines and self-isolate when required.

Administration is preparing options for Council to defer any municipal bills, including utility and property tax bills, and will provide and update at a later date.

As the situation across Alberta evolves, the city is preparing to adapt to any changes required, assessing what resources could be needed to assist AHS in its response.

“Our understanding is that there is one confirmed case in the Cold Lake area at this time,” said Mayor Craig Copeland.

“We’re encouraging residents to continue to remain calm and to visit AHS’s online resources for the most up-to-date information.

“Alberta’s supply chains are robust and well established. People need to understand that supply chains are tailored to community demand and that our local business community serves us well.

“We know that there are enough goods to support our community and that there is no need for hoarding: That behaviour only serves to bring about the very situation people hope to avoid by creating a sense of panic over supposed scarcity. This is unnecessary,” he said.

Mayor Copeland has been in contact with leaders in the local business community who have confirmed that supply chains remain intact and they are adjusting to the current situation.

Businesses have seen an increase in demand with the added challenge of adjusting to staff members who have had to self-isolate, or take time off of work in response to school and daycare closures.

“By maintaining our purchasing habits, our businesses will be able to keep up with the community’s needs, just as they always have been able to do,” Copeland said.

“There are plenty of goods in warehouses, our businesses are working hard to have them brought in, and the trucking industry is working hard to catch up. If you really want to look out for yourself, your neighbours and your community, then buy what you need and don’t fall into the trap of going overboard. Wasted goods and wasted money will not be able to help anyone in the days ahead.”

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.alberta.ca/COVID19