COVID-19 Information

Lamont County COVID-19 Response

Lamont County recognizes the seriousness of the current situation regarding COVID-19 and is taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of staff and ratepayers, according to Alberta Health Guidelines. Any questions about Lamont County's response, program changes, or about COVID-19 in Alberta can be directed to the Communications Coordinator

Lamont County is still open for business; however, we are taking precautions to limit public interaction with staff until measures are in place to ensure appropriate physical distancing. Therefore, Lamont County Administration and Public Works offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Lamont County advises ratepayers and customers to contact County Administration by phone or email.

Lamont County Official COVID-19 News Release - March 16, 2020

Lamont County Staff Directory

Lamont County Administration recognizes that closing doors to the public may be inconvenient for some, and have taken measures to make doing business with the County during this time as easy as possible.

If you know which department you need to contact, the following staff directory will connect you directly with the staff available to help. If you do not know who you should contact, call Lamont County Administration at 780-895-2233 (Toll Free 1-877-895-2233) or email info@lamontcounty.ca and you will be directed to the appropriate department. 
Lamont County Department Contact List

Update July 30, 2020
Lamont County Council and staff would like to extend their thanks to all residents who have been patient and understanding while Lamont County adjusted to the ‘new normal’ of COVID-19.

We want to do all we can to protect the safety and health of staff and the public, and to ensure residents are supported during this difficult time. To that end, Lamont County’s budget and, consequently, mill rates, have been reduced, utility payment deferrals offered, and deadlines extended for tax payments.

Lamont County is developing plans to reopen our doors to the general public once it is safe to do so. The timing on reopening depends on both the status of the pandemic and the completion of necessary physical distancing measures.

We continue to enforce sanitization and social distancing protocols in each building and county vehicles, and we have moved toward installing protective equipment for the front counters and between crowded desks. Plexiglass will be installed in the next few weeks and will be placed at all front-reception counters and at desks that see the most traffic.

In the Administration building, floor markers have been added on the ground to help guide visitors on where to stand and wait. Our current visitor procedure mandates that staff pre-screen each visitor for COVID-19 symptoms before they are allowed past the front counter; if a visitor fails the pre-screening questionnaire, they will be asked to exit the building.

Masks and sanitizer are placed at the front of every building entrance. Each meeting room is stationed with a sanitization bucket and a tracker of who last sanitized the room. All employees including visitors must sit 2 meters apart.

Employees are asked to stay home if they feel symptoms of a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat (unless its related to a pre-existing illness or health condition). All absences are being tracked by Human Resources in order to ensure employee’s have clearance before they can return to work.

Lamont County has worked to ensure all employees working inside or outside are given proper tools, PPE, and sanitary protocols to ensure they are protected from potential transmission of COVID-19.

COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC

Lamont County is following the direction of Alberta Health, which is the authority on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) for municipalities.

Testing

Testing is now available to all Albertans, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not; however, the following groups will continue to receive priority for testing:
  • any person exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19
  • all close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • all workers and/or residents at specific outbreak sites
  • all workers and residents at long-term care and level 4 supportive living facilities 
  • all patients admitted to continuing care or transferred between continuing care and hospital settings
People can access testing by completing the COVID-19 self-assessment online. A separate self-assessment tool is available for health care and shelter workers, enforcement and first responders.

Isolation

Please note: You are legally required to isolate if:
  • you returned from travelling outside of Canada. You must isolate for 14 days from your return. If symptoms occur, you must remain in isolation for an additional 10 days from the onset of your symptoms or until you’re feeling better, whichever is longer.
  • you have been identified by AHS as a close contact of a person(s) with COVID-19. You must isolate for 14 days from the date of your last exposure to COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
  • you have a COVID-19 symptom that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. You must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. Symptoms can include:
    • Common symptoms: cough, fever (over 38°C), shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
    • Other symptoms can include: stuffy nose, painful swallowing, headache, chills, muscle or joint aches, feeling unwell in general, new fatigue or severe exhaustion, gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), loss of sense of smell or taste, conjunctivitis (pink eye).
    • Symptom of serious illness: difficulty breathing or pneumonia.
Anyone under mandatory isolation must stay indoors and only go outside on their own private property – meaning their yard or balcony if it’s at least two metres from their neighbours'.
  • Stay home – do not leave your home or attend work, school, social events or any other public gatherings.
  • Avoid close contact with other people, including household members but especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Should any symptoms occur, complete an online self-assessment (http://ahs.ca/covid) to determine next steps and whether testing is required.

Stopping the Spread

To reduce your risk and help prevent COVID-19’s spread (along with influenza and other common viruses), practice good hygiene such as hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands. Stay at home and away from others if you’re feeling under the weather. You can dial Health Link at 811 if you have questions or concerns about your health.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay at home and call Health Link at 811. You should not go to a health care facility without consulting 811 first. The public is encouraged to visit Alberta Health and the Government of Canada’s websites for verified information and steps people can take to keep our community healthy.

Federal & Provincial Financial Support Programs

Agriculture Job Connector - Agriculture employers and workers can use these tools and resources to find jobs, skilled workers, financial help and other supports. 

Canada Emergency Business Account
- This program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced due to the economic impacts of the
COVID-19 virus.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) - Provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants, and to meet operating expenses on commercial properties. Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
 - If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) - The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of: $1,250 for each 4-week period or $2,000 4or each 4-week period, if you have dependants or a disability.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

Step Up to the Plate - Help Feed Canadians
- This resource helps connect people with jobs in agriculture and agri-food. They include positions on farms, in food and beverage manufacturing, in distribution, and much more.

Resources

Trusted resources are listed below, or you can call the Government of Alberta, toll free, at 310-4455 or Canada Health at 1-833-784-4397 for information.

Downloads for More Information

Government of Alberta COVID-19 FAQ
Public Health Agency of Canada - About Coronovirus Infographic
Public Health Agency of Canada - Be Prepared (COVID-19) Infographic