Smoky region urges caution

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Residents in the Smoky River region are being urged to take further steps to protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Smoky Region Emergency Services released an update April 15.

The M.D. of Smoky River, the Town of Falher, the Town of McLennan, the Village of Donnelly and the Village of Girouxville, in co-ordination with the Smoky Region Emergency Services, are closely following the lead from the Province on the issue of the COVID-19.

“We would like to ensure clear and concise information is available,” says Marcel Maure, director of protective services for the region.

He advises people to be extra cautious.

“The Smoky River region, including the towns and villages within it, currently has a high number of active COVID-19 cases given the small population,” Maure says.

“This means community transmission is definitely possible.

“All persons need to continue to stay at home as much as possible, limit interaction with others and stay at least six feet away from other people.”

He says Alberta continues to do an excellent job of testing and has expanded the criteria for who may be tested. Testing is now available to any person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 including cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.

Area businesses have been directed to limit the number of people within their premises to allow for proper physical distancing.

“Please respect staff’s direction and requests, these restrictions are in place to protect everyone,” Maure says.

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