COVID-19 Updates

March 12, 2020

March 15 

The flight information linked below have been found to have a passenger confirmed to have COVID-19. Passengers in the affected seats of these flights are considered close contacts and are at risk of exposure. Public health officials recommend individuals in affected seats self-isolate for 14 days after arrival in Canada and monitor for symptoms. Other passengers are not required to self-isolate but should self-monitor for 14 days after arrival in Canada. If symptoms occur, please complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment. This document will be updated with new information about affected flights as we receive it.  

Flight Information

March 13 Town of Okotoks News Release

All Town facilities remain open to the general public with regular business hours.

This includes the Recreation Centre, Pason Centennial Arenas, the Okotoks Art Gallery and the Okotoks Museum etc. Please visit the Town’s website for facility hours and www.activeokotoks.ca for the recreation schedule.

We have implemented additional cleaning measures to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our staff at all facilities.

March 12 - News Release

Town elevates its response to COVID-19 and activates its Emergency Operation Centre

As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, the Alberta government is asking all large gatherings or international events in the province be cancelled.  These measures have been put in place to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. 

In support of the Alberta Government’s direction, the Town of Okotoks is requesting that all organizations cancel any public events with projected attendees of more than 250 people within the town for the months of March and April. Dates will be re-evaluated as the situation evolves.  This limitation includes large sporting events, conferences and community events. It does not extend to places of worship, grocery stores, or shopping centres. 

The Town is cancelling all events in Town facilities that are larger than 250 people for the months of March and April and is evaluating smaller events on a case by case basis. The Town is currently working with groups that have rented facilities to comply with these new guidelines. At this time, Town facilities remain open; however, we will be monitoring the situation and evaluating our approach in the coming days.

The Town has elevated its response by activating its Emergency Operation Centre to ensure quick and efficient response to help protect the health and safety of Okotoks residents. We are adjusting processes to align with provincial direction issued today by Alberta Health Services.

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the province is the number one priority to protect the health of Albertans. Citizens are asked to comply with the public health guidance. It is critical that Albertans come together to do our part in keeping Albertans healthy and safe.

Additionally, Alberta Health Services further recommends that any event that has more than 50 attendees and expects to have international participants, or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations should also be cancelled. Any other events that do not meet the above criteria can proceed, but risk mitigation must be in place, such as sanitizer stations and distancing between attendees.

According to Alberta Health Services, the public threat from the coronavirus remains low. Please visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ for additional information and regular updates on COVID-19 in Alberta.

Where to find reliable information

The media is actively covering COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and many people have questions about what is happening and how they can protect themselves. The Internet is full of information, but not all of it comes from a credible source.

The Town of Okotoks, is following the direction of Alberta Health Services (AHS), which is the authority on this topic for municipalities. AHS has prepared a variety of credible, easy to understand information for the public.  Below are a few links residents might find helpful to learn more about the virus and the steps you can take to keep yourself and your family healthy.

Alberta Health Services – Emergency Management
The provincial medical officers of health will be using this website to keep Albertans updated on the latest information available.

Government of Alberta – COVID-19 Information
This website provides an overview of the virus and the steps the Province is taking to protect Albertans.

About the Town of Okotoks Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

In response to the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, the Town of Okotoks has implemented its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) asl of Thursday afternoon on March 12.  This effectively allows officials to prioritize service delivery and dedicate resources to priority areas, such as a safe supply of drinking water and policing and fire services to the community.  The EOC have the authority to streamline decision-making around corporate processes.