COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Provincial and Federal Health Authorities are the lead agencies for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially classified the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) as a pandemic. Yellowhead County is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Provincial Health Officer and is in contact with Alberta Health and the Provincial Operations Centre.
We urge residents to continue to receive health information from reliable sources for the latest information on COVID-19 and special precautions people should be taking to help stop the spread of the virus.
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing call 8-1-1 in advance before going to a medical centre or doctor’s office.
There is also an online self-assessment tool for those who are concerned about symptoms. Alternatively, AHS’ Health Link service – dial 811 – is available to offer health advice and information.
The Role of Local Government During a Pandemic
The Province of AB coordinates the roles of all external agencies during a pandemic event.
Yellowhead County is standing by to support Health Canada and AB Health Services in their response efforts if our support is requested. Yellowhead County Emergency Services is working closely with other local municipalities and the Edson Healthcare Centre.
Our Emergency Management & Protective Services Department is continuing to monitor the situation.
Yellowhead County is also following the recommendations and guidance of the Province of AB, AB Health Services, and the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) on communication and general preparations for COVID-19.
Under the Municipal Government Act, the role of the local authorities (municipalities, Métis communities) is to ensure a safe and viable community through the continuity of local government and critical services and emergency response. Local authorities’ responsibilities include:
• Reviewing and implementing response plans (Municipal Emergency Management Plans) and business continuity programs.
• Maintaining the continuity of critical municipal services in consultation with AHS and business and industry (fire, police, water treatment/delivery, waste management).
• Liaising with AEMA, AHS and other partners to align with broader provincial response and recovery.
Our offices are closed to the public, but you can contact us by phone at (780) 723-4800 or 1-800-665-6030. You can also contact us through Facebook but may not receive an immediate reply. Our after-hours emergency line for utilities and bylaw is 780-723-3221.
In case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Yellowhead County Updates:
March 19, 2020
County’s Edson Admin Office Closes to Public
On March 19, Yellowhead County closed the Edson Administration office to the public, in addition to the previously closed Wildwood Office and other County facilities that were closed to the public on March 16.
March 16, 2020
County Wildwood Office & Facility Closures
Wildwood Office & County Public Facilities Closed
Effective immediately and until further notice, the Wildwood Office is closed to the public as well as all county public facilities.
March 11, 2020
Robb ASP Public Hearing & Council Meeting Postponed
The Public Hearing and regularly scheduled Yellowhead County Council Meeting on March 24, 2020, has been postponed to an undetermined date in the future. Please contact Yellowhead County at 1-800-665-6030 or 780-723-4800 for more information.
Government of Alberta FAQ & Fact Sheets
Multi-Agency FAQ Sheet
UPDATED March 19, 2020, at 4:30 PM
This comprehensive document covers a broad range of items including travel, public gathering, industry including oil & gas and forestry, social services, education, and all provincial services affected by Covid-19.
COVID-19: New Measures Introduced by AB Gov on March 17
FAQ Sheet from Government of Alberta on the State of Emergency Declared in Alberta and details on Public Gatherings.
Provincial Operations Centre Covid-19 Update 2020-03-17-1430hrs
At 1330 hrs, March 17, Premier Jason Kenney announced the declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency. As such, the Provincial Operations Centre (POC) has elevated to Operational Level 4.Effective immediately and until further notice, the Alberta government is implementing additional measures, including cancelling events that have more than 50 people.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) FAQ sheet from AB Gov March 16
Here is a Covid-19 (Coronavirus) FAQ sheet from the Province.
*As with everything Covid-19 related, this is for reference only. For the most up to date information visit www.alberta.ca/covid and AB Health online.
COVID-19 Support for Employers and Employees (GOV AB)
- World Health Organization
- Gov Canada Covid-19 Resources (Health, Travel, Business & Economic Resources)
- Government of Canada Financial Resources Available
COVID-19 Information Lines:
- Government of Canada novel coronavirus information line: 1-833-784-4397
- Alberta Healthlink Dial 811