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COVID-19 Response

State of public health emergency.


Stop the spike

New health measures are in place to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 provincewide.

A Path Forward is a roadmap to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. It outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks. Growth of cases and variants of concern will also guide decisions to further ease or increase restrictions.

Alberta is moving back to Step 1, effective 11:59 pm on April 6. Additional restrictions for restaurants take effect April 9 at noon. Step 1 restrictions will remain in place until further notice. Masks mandatory in indoor public spaces and workplaces remain in effect. Concerns about your health? Call Health Link 811.


Steps based on hospitalization benchmarks and declining cases

STEP 1
<600 hospitalizations and declining cases
STEP 2
<450 hospitalizations and declining cases
STEP 3
<300 hospitalizations and declining cases
STEP 4
<150 hospitalizations and declining cases

Restrictions eased in these areas:

  • Indoor fitness
  • Youth and collegiate sport, performance and recreation activities

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Further easing of indoor fitness activities
  • Restaurants
  • Libraries
  • Banquet halls, community halls, conference centres and hotels
  • Performance activities
  • Retail

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Adult team sports
  • Casinos, racing centres and bingo halls
  • Further easing of youth sport and recreation activities
  • Indoor social gatherings, with restrictions
  • Indoor seated events (movie theatres and auditoria)
  • Museums, art galleries, zoos, interpretive centres
  • Places of worship

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Amusement parks
  • Concerts (indoor)
  • Festivals (indoor and outdoor)
  • Funeral receptions
  • Indoor entertainment centres and play centres
  • Performance activities (singing, dancing and wind instruments)
  • Sporting events (indoor and outdoor)
  • Tradeshows, conferences and exhibiting events
  • Wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • Workplaces (lift working from home)
  • Day and overnight camps


Active Cases in the MD of Taber

Active

42

Population

18,863

Last Updated Monday, April 19, 2020. Source: Government of Alberta.


New Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw in Effect.

Due to the rise in Covid-19 cases across our region, the Council of the Municipal District of Taber has enacted a temporary mandatory face coverings Bylaw No. 1969, effective December 1, 2020 until further notice.  Learn more.


Alberta Health Services Information

During a public health emergency, Alberta Health Services is the authority, and the general community impact of the virus on residents is within their purview.  The Municipal District of Taber's role is to keep staff healthy and to ensure essential services operate smoothly.

MD of Taber continues to work with AHS to monitor the situation and implement responsible decisions. All residents are encouraged to follow the advice of Alberta Health in helping reduce the spread of the virus.

Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy puts safety first while gradually reopening businesses, resuming activities, and getting people back to work. Current information and guidelines can be viewed at the link:   https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx  Information is updated as changes are made, so be sure to check regularly. 

COVID-19 

You can help the call volumes by considering visiting the Government of Alberta at http://alberta.ca/covid19 for info if you do not need a health assessment.  For health concerns unrelated to COVID-19, consider visiting http://ahs.ca/options to find out where to get the right care for your health needs.

What Should I Do If I Think I Have COVID-19?

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing and have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811. If you are not seriously ill, do not go to a physician’s office, a health care facility, or a lab without consulting with Health Link 811 first. Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate medical attention and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

Symptoms

Self Assessment \ Online Screening 

More Information

If you are awaiting COVID test results, please do not call Health Link, which does not have access to test results. If you have been tested for COVID, remain in self-isolation until you are called directly with your test results.

Returning Traveller (land border) FAQ


Municipal Information

  • April 6, 2021 - Alberta Health - We are moving back to Step 1 restrictions to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19. See the full list of public health restrictions: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
  • March 9, 2021 - Alberta Health - YourAlberta Government is easing restrictions under STEP 2 of Alberta’s Path Forward, allowing Albertans to enjoy reduced public health restrictions. Strong measures remain in place to protect hospitals and limit the spread of COVID-19. Learn more: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
  • March 4, 2021 - Alberta Health - Albertans aged 65 to 74 and First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons aged 50+ will be able to book appointments for vaccination. The AstraZeneca vaccine will also be available for interested Albertans who are eligible starting Mar 10. Learn more.
  • March 1, 2021 - Alberta Health - YourAlberta Government is easing some COVID-19 restrictions under STEP 2. Learn more about the restriction changes. https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
  • February 19, 2021 - Alberta Health - Residents 75+ in retirement centres, lodges & congregate living facilities will be offered COVID-19 vaccines. Starting Feb. 24, any 75+ Albertan living in the community can book an appointment to receive the vaccine. https://alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx
  • February 8, 2021 - Alberta Health - Alberta moved to STEP 1 of the path forward on February 8. Learn more about restriction changes and about the path forward and public health restrictions. https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
  • January 29, 2021 - Alberta Health - Alberta will use hospitalizations as benchmarks to guide how and when we will move to a 'next step' in relaxing restrictions. We will enter STEP 1 on February 8th, which includes restaurants and fitness centers opening with some restrictions. Here are the details of the new benchmark system for reopening Alberta's economy. For more information visit: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

  • January 14, 2021 - Alberta Health - Starting Mon, Jan 18, 2021, province-wide changes to restrictions around personal services, and capacity limits on outdoor social gatherings and funerals. For more information visit: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
  • January 7, 2021 - Alberta Health - the guidelines closing businesses and limiting gatherings will stay in place until at least January 21, 2021 - Alberta Health - Students will be returning to in-class instruction on schedule Monday, January 11, 2021. COVID-19 cases are down in all school-related age groups as of December. For more information visit: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
  • December 22, 2020 - Alberta Health - Alberta is providing a one-time exemption to the gathering limit – only if you live alone. From Dec. 23-28, they can visit another household once. Please continue to take all precautions. For more information visit: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
  • December 10, 2020 - Alberta Health - Mandatory province-wide restrictions in effect Dec 8 - Low German.
  • December 8, 2020 - Alberta Health - Stronger health measures are in effect. Mandatory provincewide restrictions are in effect to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19. No indoor or outdoor social gatherings. Masks mandatory in indoor public spaces and workplaces. Business closures or capacity limits. Stay informed on how you can prevent the spread. Learn more.
  • December 4, 2020 - #StopTheSpread is a message delivered from our community leaders in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 within our region. Speakers include Merrill Harris, Reeve of the Municipal District of Taber; Andrew Prokop, Mayor of the Town of Taber; Margaret Plumtree, Mayor of the Town of Vauxhall. Video link: https://youtu.be/_AzxNZlbtas

  • December 1, 2020 - Council of the Municipal District of Taber has enacted a temporary mandatory face coverings Bylaw No. 1969, effective December 1, 2020 until further notice.  Learn more.
  • November 28, 2020 - COVID-19 #STOP THE SPREAD - New mandatory restrictions at a glance in Low German with English translation in PDF. View PDF here.


  • November 27, 2020 - COVID-19 #STOP THE SPREAD - New mandatory restrictions at a glance. View PDF here.


  • November 26, 2020 - Alberta Health - EMERGENCY: Alberta has declared a Public Health Emergency to protect the health care system from COVID-19. Indoor social gatherings are the top source of transmission. All indoor social gatherings have now been banned. This ban will be enforced with $1,000 fines. Learn more: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

  • November 24, 2020 - Alberta Heath - COVID-19: A state of public health emergency is being declared. New mandatory restrictions come into effect November 24 and will be in place for at least the next three weeks. To view all restrictions in further detail, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx


  • November 17, 2020 - COVID-19 #STOP THE SPREAD In the wake of last week’s provincial public health announcement regarding the concerning rise in COVID-19 cases, the Municipal District of Taber, the Town of Taber, the Town of Vauxhall, and the Village of Barnwell have joined together to send a strong message urging citizens to follow and adhere to ALL safety and precautionary measures issued by Alberta Health to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Together we can #STOP THE SPREAD.  View PDF here.


  • November 13, 2020 - Alberta Heath - The MD of Taber has escalated from "watch" to "enhanced" status on the list of communities for COVID-19. Please note the following new mandatory public health measures for all communities listed as "enhanced" (purple zones). For more information on additional measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 visit: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
  • November 6, 2020 - Alberta Health - New targeted 15 person limit on social gatherings to help prevent the spread of Covid-19: https://www.mdtaber.ab.ca/p/local-notices


  • June 30, 2020 - Alberta Government: Outdoor gathering limit has been increased from 100 to 200 people
  • June 29, 2020 - Alberta Government: New Release - Relaunch grant to help businesses recover
  • June 29, 2020 - Alberta Health - Gathering Restrictions Reminder
    Alberta Health Services would like to remind everyone of the current gathering restrictions:
    mdtaber.ab.ca/Home/DownloadDocument?docId=3e06ceb9-ac39-4358-b2e7-b6f721b2b602
  • June 26, 2020 - Updated Guidelines for Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs and Bars
    The Government of Alberta has updated their COVID-19 guidelines for Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs and Bars.The updated information can be viewed at the link below:
    https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/covid-19-information-guidance-for-restaurants-cafes-pubs-and-bars

  • June 11, 2020 - Alberta Phase 2 - Low German Translation
    The information in this message comes from the Government of Alberta.On June 12, 2020 the Government of Alberta will be allowing for more activities, more businesses to open and for larger gatherings.
    Here are the changes starting on June 12, 2020:

    • For indoor social gatherings, you can gather with up to 50 people – like at weddings, funeral receptions or birthday parties as long as you are able to stay 2 meters or 6 feet apart from other people who do not live in your household (with the exception of cohort families).
    • For outdoor gatherings, you can gather with up to 100 people as long as you are able to stay 2 meters or 6 feet apart from other people who do not live in your household (with the exception of cohort families).
    • You can gather with up to 100 people if you are gathering outdoors or for events where you are indoors and are seated – like wedding and funeral ceremonies as long as you are able to stay 2 meters or 6 feet apart from other people who do not live in your household (with the exception of cohort families). 
    • There is no longer a limit to how many people can gather at church as long as you are able to stay 2 meters or 6 feet apart from other people who do not live in your household (with the exception of cohort families). If you have questions about this, ask your church leadership.

      Even though things are opening up and we are allowed to do more things, we still need to be careful to follow all the Public Health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have travelled outside of Canada, you will still need to isolate for 2 weeks to ensure you did not contract COVID-19 during your travels. If we can continue to prevent the spread, the sooner the government will open things up further.
      Attached are the links where you can always find the most up to date information about COVID-19 regulations and for more detailed information on this audio.
      Thank you to everyone for your efforts to stay healthy and keep others around you healthy.
      Alberta Phase 2 Plan: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=7256707F4ACA1-947B-6D61-82D5FA695DB863FB
      Low German Translation Video: https://youtu.be/Exnx9Vpq0Qc
  • June 10, 2020 - Alberta Health COVID-19 Status Map:
    The health and safety of Albertans remains our top priority as Alberta moves through the relaunch strategy. This includes measures to control the spread of COVID-19 and respond to potential outbreaks.The COVID-19 status map shows the level of risk in regions and information about local health measures. It also shows the rate of COVID-19 cases and the number of active cases.
    Alberta Health COVID-19 Status Map: https://www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map.htm
  • June 3, 2020 - Hospital Visitation - Please see the linked video and document for information regarding Hospital Visitation during COVID19 - Low German Translation Video:  https://youtu.be/LnFr5XpLZs8 
    English Translation PDF: Hospital Visitation Message (PDF)
  • April 30, 2020 - Symptoms and frequently asked questions about COVID-19 Spanish translation
    COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions - Spanish (PDF)
  • April 20, 2020 - FCSS Essential Delivery MD of Taber - www.fcss.ca
  • April 17, 2020 - Message from Alberta Health Services, written by Helena:

    Hi my name is Helena, I want to put together a message for the teens and everyone else listening. Things are changing so fast with Covid-19 it can be difficult knowing how we should act away from home. But you can make a difference.

    We’ve all heard about the importance of washing our hands and staying home when we’re sick. But we can do more. Now is the time to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and stop our family and friends from getting sick. How can we do that? It’s as simple as staying at home, even if you don’t feel sick. I know that’s difficult to do, especially when going and hanging out with friends is more fun.  Nobody wants to stay home alone on hangout days or the weekend, but remember that we are supposed to stay 2 meters or 6 feet away from others when we are outside of our home.

    What if you don’t have a large group that you hang out with? What if you just want to get together with a small group or a few friends? Is that ok? Normally it would be, no one would have any problems with that, but what we know as normal has changed almost overnight. Right now the best thing to do is to stay home as much as possible. We know that staying home and away from others will save lives.

    Now the harsh reality is that for the time being, we must all work together to stop the spread of this virus in any way we can. Whether the people in your life take it seriously or not the truth is that Covid-19 is very serious and people are dying not just in other countries but right here in Alberta. We know that the virus spreads very quickly and may not effect young people like you because you’re strong and heathy but it can react very differently for older people like your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Anyone who is older or already sick has a higher chance of getting very sick or dying.

    The good news is that most people recover from Covid-19 but what if the ones who don’t get better are members of your family?

    Our parents and grandparents have taken care of us when we’re sick and now we can repay them by protecting them. For the first time in our life we can say that we have permission to sit on the couch and eat all day and save lives by doing so.

    Are you willing to make a difference and be the person who cares enough to stay at home?

    Thank you. 

    https://youtu.be/N41KNjB4OkE

     

  • April 9, 2020 - The MD of Taber park and campground are closed to vehicle access due to COVID19.  The park is closed to vehicle traffic; however, remains accessible via foot traffic . We ask that the public does not park in front of the gates to allow continued access to the park for emergency vehicles.  This closure is temporary until the province changes its recommended guidelines for public gatherings.  All camp grounds and parks owned by the MD of Taber in Enchant, Hays, Grassy Lake have been closed including the grand forks until further notice also.
  • April 7, 2020 - This message is from Alberta Health Services, sent on April 7, 2020.
    Easter time is here, and it is usually a time spent connecting with the people we love the most.
    This year, Easter will be very different. Alberta Health Services wants to remind us to keep doing the following – even over the Easter holiday.
    -Avoid gatherings outside of immediate household. One of the ways COVID-19 is spread is by contact with commonly touched surfaces (like cell phones, serving utensils, counters, door handles, etc). Take this opportunity to get together with the people inside your household. Spend quality time with them
    -As much as you want to go and visit parents, family, or friends that don’t live in your household, keep in mind that you could be putting them at risk if you do go and visit them. It’s better to miss an Easter gathering this year and have everybody healthy and well for the next holiday.
    -Find ways to connect with friends and family such as with WhatsApp or phone calls
    -You can still celebrate Easter in a way that does not put people at risk. You can still listen to or watch church on your phone, sing songs together, give thanks and prayers with the people in your household. Prepare and eat family meals with those who live in your home.
    -Add colourful drawings to your windows, doors and gardens for neighbours to see from a distance. Have an Easter egg hunt or play other games in your yard for people you live with.
    -Although the police have been given authority to break up gatherings of 15 people or more, or gatherings where there are sick people present, Alberta Health Services is asking that you stay home and don’t have visitors.
    Best wishes to all of you this Easter. Let’s all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Thanks for listening.
    Low German Translation Video - https://youtu.be/qrjfGvKTdnQ

     
  • April 3, 2020 – Update to Temporary Changes to Council and Council Committee Meetings due to COVID-19.  At this time the M.D. of Taber will be conducting its Council and Council Committee meetings through teleconferencing technology and will be publicly accessible through live audio stream.  The live publicly available audio stream will be accessible online at the MD of Taber YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx_ooJ6r92gjd3so1ygvt7A.  The Chief Administrative Officer will be fulfilling the role of designated officer as these meetings take place.
  • March 27, 2020 - AHS Mass Gathering Restrictions Update Poster - English and Low German
    (YouTube Audio Translation Below)

  • March 27, 2020 - MD Taber Park Campground - We plan on opening the campground portion of the MD park April 15th  with limited use to water.The shower house will remain closed.
    COVID-19 has changed the way the world lives and does business. We will also change the way we do business at the park with the regulations placed upon us for health and safety reasons.
    This means the park could be, on short notice shut down to the public and the gates at the top of the hill closed.
    Check our website to stay informed, as situations are subject to change.
  • March 27, 2020 - The Roadside cleanup campaign that was scheduled for the first two Fridays in May have now been postponed until spring of 2021 due to the COVID-19 regulations in place. If there are questions please call the office 403-223-3142 
  • March 25, 2020 - The new self-isolation rules were shared from Alberta Health at the link is below.    https://www.alberta.ca/self-isolation.aspx
    Alberta Health has also update information regarding Mass Gatherings. The link below now includes a button where the public can go online and submit a form to report mass gatherings.
    https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-for-mass-gatherings.aspx
  • March 25, 2020 - In response to the current COVID-19 situation in Alberta the MD of Taber is following the recommendations of Alberta Health Services and will be temporarily closing the Forks Campground effective immediately. The following playgrounds have also been temporarily closed:
    • The MD park
    • Enchant playground
    • Both Grassy Lake playgrounds (Ball diamond playground and the North grassy playground)
  • March 23, 2020 - Social Distancing Fact Sheet from Alberta Health Services (PDF)
  • March 19, 2020 - Temporary Changes to Council and Council Committee Meetings due to COVID-19 At this time the M.D. of Taber will be conducting its Council and Council Committee meetings using a live audio stream along with teleconferencing technology.  The place where this will be available to the public will be the M.D. of Taber Council Chambers and online at our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx_ooJ6r92gjd3so1ygvt7A.  The Chief Administrative Officer will be fulfilling the role of designated officer as these meetings take place.

  • March 18, 2020

AHS Awareness Poster Translation to Low German 
(YouTube Audio Translation Below)

AHS Self Isolate Notice For Travelers Translation to Low German
(YouTube Audio Translation Below)