COVID-19 Information For Residents
Thank you to our friends at the Town of Banff who compiled a significant portion of this data.
An outbreak of respiratory illness, now known to be caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, was first identified on December 31, 2019. The novel coronavirus disease has been given the name COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
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PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS
PROVINCIAL & FEDERAL RELIEF MEASURES
HOW TO PREPARE & REACT
LOCAL SERVICES & SUPPORT PROGRAMS
* MEDICAL SERVICES & EMERGENCY RESPONSE
* EMERGENCY SOCIAL SERVICES
* PERMANENT RESIDENTS, REFUGEES & TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS
* LOCAL FINANCIAL & ISOLATION SUPPORTS
* STAY CONNECTED
* FOOD SECURITY
Public Health Orders
Effective November 24, 2020, people in ID9 are required to follow new Provincial restrictions:
- no indoor social gatherings are permitted in any setting – other than persons in your household. If you live alone, you are permitted to two close contacts
- outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people
- all restaurants, bars, lounges will be required to stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. (from November 13 to mid-December)
- breaking visitation rules will be subject to fines
- any wedding or funeral ceremonies are limited to a maximum of 10 people in attendance
- all faith-based organizations must wear masks and operate at 1/3 capacity at any service
- employers in office settings being encouraged to reduce the number of workers on-site at any one time, to limit the overall number of people in workplaces to reduce risk of transmission
- restrictions on businesses must be strictly followed
- requirements for self-isolation must be strictly followed
- these restrictions are now legally enforceable and subject to fines of $1,000 per offence, plus $200 surcharge
- courts could administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations
Health Orders Remain in Place During Alberta’s Staged Relaunch
The Government of Alberta has released a staged strategy to relaunch businesses and services. The plan to move forward requires careful and ongoing monitoring and respecting all guidelines outlined by the chief medical officer of health. Public health orders still in place throughout this staged relaunch are:
- Physical distancing requirements: everyone in Alberta must maintain two metres/six feet apart from others not in their household or cohort while outside their homes.
- Hygiene practices: hygiene practices, such as proper hand washing and frequent disinfecting of surfaces, will continue to be required of businesses and individuals.
- Mass gathering restrictions
- Symptomatic self-isolation: Albertans must continue to stay home when exhibiting symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat.
As of Friday, June 12 Alberta is in Stage 2 of its relaunch strategy. At this time, non-essential travel is not recommended.
Provincial & Federal Relief Measures
- Provincial support for Albertans
- Provincial support for employers and employees
- Federal support for Canadians
- Federal support for businesses
If there are situations or gatherings happening where physical distancing is not being enforced – such as in a business, in a house or at a park – people can contact the RCMP or Alberta Health Services
Lake Louise RCMP non-emergency line: 403-522-3811
Banff RCMP non-emergency line: 403-762-2226
For complaints to AHS, submit to Alberta Health Services Complaint Form.
How to prepare/react to a positive case
Self-isolate and call 8-1-1 if you believe you have been in close contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Review this document created locally to determine what to do if you think you have been in close contact with a positive COVID case, someone close to you has been notified they have been in close contact with someone with COVID, or if you have been in close contact (PDF).
- If you start experiencing a fever or cough, even if it is mild, please self-isolate yourself immediately and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment for Albertans.
- Do not go to an emergency department, urgent care centre, or family doctor’s office for initial assessment or testing. If you require more information beyond the self-assessment, please call Health Link at 8-1-1.
- How to care for a person with COVID-19 at home – Advice for caregivers
- How to care for a child with Covid-19 at home: Advice for caregivers
- People who are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19
Plan ahead and prepare an emergency kit for your home.
Alberta public health officials recommend the following ways to prepare:
- Create a household plan of action. This can include these elements:
- Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan.
- Meet with family members, friends, neighbours and co-workers to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in ID9 and how you can support each other.
- Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. This includes practical steps like ensuring you have sufficient medication and determining what supplies are needed, and if they can be delivered.
- Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources.
- Create an emergency contact list.
- Practice good personal health habits and plan for home-based actions:
- Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms, as needed, when someone is sick.
- Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed.
- Plan for potential changes at your workplace.
- Learn about your employer’s emergency operations plan.
- Ask about what sick-leave policies and telework options are available if needed.
- Stockpiling of goods is not recommended. While it’s always best practice to have three days worth of supplies on-hand, people should avoid purchasing food or other materials in bulk due to the impact on suppliers and people who have day-to-day needs.
Medical Services & Emergency Response
Lake Louise Medical Clinic
What: Medical Services/Urgent Care
Details: Along with regular services, the Lake Louise Medical Clinic is offering virtual appointments to patients and they are offering daily (Monday-Friday) COVID testing by appointment only.
Contact them and gather more information by visiting their website here.
Below are a few websites that also offer some services for locals and the Clinic is happy to assist you if you have any questions regarding them:
What: An online anonymous network that offers peer-to-peer mental health services 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Details: Togetherall is FREE to ALL Albertans aged 16+and available 24/7/365, no referral needed. It is a safe, online community where members remain anonymous to each other. Members can share how they are feeling and can draw strength and insights from others that have real lived experiences. Togetherall is a clinically moderated platform where trained, registered mental health practitioners monitor the community around the clock to ensure individuals are safe.
For additional context, watch this explainer video and member testimonial, then register with Togetherall using your Alberta postal code. REGISTER HERE
RCMP – Banff Detachment
Details: They are available to investigate violations of federal quarantine regulations or provincial public health orders. They assist the public health agency after business hours by responding to complaints about individuals or businesses. Their reception desk is closed, however we are still providing essential administrative services by appointment.
If it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For routine inquiries, they can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 403-763-6600.
Lake Louise Fire Department
Details: The Lake Louise Fire Department is still responding to all fire, rescue and medical incidents 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
If it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergencies or general inquiries, dial 403-996-4911.
Emergency Social Services
Town of Banff
What: Emergency Social Services
Details: Town of Banff ESS is available to all ID9 residents to help answer questions relating to mental health, employment insurance, covid financial benefits, meal and grocery services, housing, issues related to immigration, child and youth care information and more.
Email email@example.com or call 403-762-1251 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week for assistance. After hours, you can contact 2-1-1 Phone line for resources and information. We Are Here to Help www.banff.ca/Covidhelp
Permanent Residents, Refugees & Temporary Foreign Workers
Town of Banff
What: Settlement Services in the Bow Valley
Details: Settlement Services provides free and confidential supports and services to all Permanent Residents and Refugees living in the Bow Valley. Funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, the program serves Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, and Kananaskis.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-762-1144 for assistance.
Local Financial & Isolation Support Programs
Lake Louise Holiday Assistance Program
What: Gift & Grocery Support for Families in Lake Louise
Details: If you have been affected financially by Covid-19 and are concerned about being able to provide gifts and a holiday dinner for your family, please contact us no later than December 11th.
Email email@example.com for assistance.
Bow Valley Isolation Support
What: Three Communities……One Valley
Details: The number of friends and neighbors in isolation due to Covid is growing every day in the Bow Valley. Many people want to help, and many people need some support. A few volunteers from across the Valley have gathered together with the help of Roam Transit to create the beginnings of a human chain from Canmore to Banff to Lake Louise so we can ensure people across the valley can get their necessities. Bow Valley Isolation Support volunteers can assist you by gathering groceries, prescriptions, mail and more.
If you need assistance, or if you would like to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 403-679-3340.
There are a number of ways you can access ongoing, local service information! It is important to stay connected during these challenging times!
Click the links below for more information:
Lake Louise Sport & Recreation Centre Programs, Events & Facilities
Lake Louise Residents Guide
Lake Louise Live
Community Facebook Pages:
Lake Louise Sport & Recreation Centre
Lake Louise Community Page
Lake Louise Buy, Sell & Trade
Bow Valley Food Alliance
Details: Bow Valley Food Alliance connects residents to the help they need by supporting other organizations who are doing the on-the-ground work. They have a new website and a page dedicated to Food Supports available to Bow Valley residents that might be helpful. See here.
Email email@example.com or call 403-762-1144 for assistance.