Lacombe County officially activated its’ Emergency Coordination Centre in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are carefully monitoring COVID-19 public health risk for any new developments and will follow protocols laid out by Alberta Health Services’ (AHS).
Protecting our Staff
AS OF MARCH 25, 2020, OUR OFFICE WILL BE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
For the protection of staff and visitors, we have added hand sanitizing stations at our office to help limit the spread of the virus and other germs. At this time, we ask the public to first use alternative options for service available and ask that you use the options below if you have recently travelled or are feeling unwell:
We ask that you keep a safe distance from our staff when at the office as a precautionary measure.
Public Washroom Facilities and Playgrounds
As of April 2, 2020, Lacombe County is taking an additional measure for the protection of our residents, as well as for County staff maintaining these facilities, by closing our public washroom facilities and playgrounds. While we respect these spaces are valued by residents, we believe it is a necessary and responsible precaution at this time. Closure signs will be placed at the closed public washroom facilities and playground areas.
These closures do not include County trail systems; however, we ask that you protect yourself and others by:
- Staying home if you are sick
- Practicing physical distancing (at least 2 metres)
- Practice good hygiene (i.e. wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your face.)
These decisions are difficult and we appreciate your support in helping Lacombe County make these public safety measures be as effective as possible.
The most current and accurate information about COVID-19 can be found at the Government of Alberta’s website: www.alberta.ca/covid19
The Government of Alberta provides daily updates, outlining actions to protect Albertans and prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are looking for the following information, we encourage you to visit www.alberta.ca/covid19:
- Daily updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health
- Cases in Alberta
- Prevent and Prepare
- Symptoms and Risks, and
- General info for Albertans
You can submit a complaint to Alberta Health Services public health inspectors if you are concerned an establishment is not following public health orders, or if you know someone who is not self-isolating when they are legally required to.
Wash your hands often and well. Wash with warm water and soap to remove both visible dirt and invisible germs. Ensure you wash all parts of your hands, including under fingernails. This should take at least 20 seconds.
- Wash your hands before preparing or eating food, after using the washroom, blowing your nose, handling garbage, or touching shared objects.
- Avoid touching your face or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of the tissue into a plastic-lined garbage bin. Wash your hands afterwards. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into a flexed elbow.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
If you have symptoms and recently travelled outside Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. Do not go to the ER. If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.
The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Here are some links which might help you or someone you know.
- Mental Health & Coping with COVID-19 (CDC)
- Talking with Children about COVID-19 (CDC)
- Help in Tough Times (AHS)
- What to do if you're anxious or worried about COVID-19
During a crisis, misinformation will circulate. The most current and accurate information about COVID-19 can be found at www.alberta.ca/covid19, or from the following resources:
- Alberta Health Services
- Government of Alberta
- Government of Canada
- Center for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- Health Link 811
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
- If you have questions about how the current restrictions may apply to your business, please email for assistance.
- Find out which businesses are permitted to provide services (: https://alberta.ca/essential-services.aspx
SELF-HELP LINKS & RESOURCES
- COVID-19 Self Assessment Test
- Federal Economic Response Plan for COVID-19
- Babylon by Telus Health
- COVID-19 Interactive Stats for Alberta
- Government of Alberta Updates: Supports for Albertans
- Government of Canada Economic Response Plan: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
- Support for Farmers (FCC): https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/covid-19.html