s COVID-19 Updates | Claresholm Local Press - Part 3

Restrictions easing as province moves to Step 2

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer Libraries can re-open and some restrictions have been eased on indoor fitness facilities as Alberta moves to Step 2 in its four-step plan to ease health restrictions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On March 1, the provincial government announced Alberta will move cautiously to Step 2 while maintaining strong measures to … Read more

Alberta will move cautiously to Step 2

of the four-step framework to ease restrictions while maintaining strong measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 provincewide. LibrariesThese facilities can now open but must limit capacity to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy, not including staff.Indoor fitness (no change to outdoor fitness)Unsupervised low intensity individual and group exercises are now allowed by appointment only. Mandatory physical distance of … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine rollout set to expand

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine strategy will roll out in the spring with more than 1.79 million Albertans set to receive inoculations. The provincial government announced on Feb. 19 that Phase 2 vaccinations will be offered in a staged approach and once completed, will have vaccinated anyone aged 50 to 74 years, anyone … Read more

COVID-19 vaccines now available to seniors 75 and older

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer The provincial government will offer COVID-19 vaccines to all seniors in Alberta ages 75 and older. The province announced on Feb. 19 that starting that same day, Alberta Health Services will offer the vaccine directly to all residents in retirement centres, lodges, supportive living and other congregate living facilities with residents who are aged … Read more

Vaccinations continued in Claresholm last week

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer Alberta Health Services continued its program of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus last week. Residents of the Porcupine Hills Lodge were given their second of two doses of vaccine on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Alberta Health Services reported 58 residents in the lodge have now been immunized for both doses. A total of 84 residents … Read more

Health measures to ease on Monday

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer Health measures are set to ease for restaurants, indoor fitness and some children’s activities on Monday, Feb. 8. On Jan. 29, the provincial government announced Step 1 of Alberta’s four-step framework to ease restrictions is based on a COVID-19 hospitalization benchmark of 600, including intensive care patients. This benchmark was reached on Jan. 28. … Read more

Provincial government announces guide for easing health measures

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer The provincial government has announced the easing of health measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus will be based on hospitalization rates. That means the fewer people in hospital due to the virus, the more restrictions will be reduced. On Jan. 29, the province announced these steps and benchmarks will provide a … Read more