City Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 Administration News

On the evening of Friday, August 21, the City was informed by Alberta Health Services that a Manluk Centre employee has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The staff member is resting at home in self-isolation.

In accordance with the province’s public health order, those known to have been in close contact with this individual have been directed to self-isolate for 14 days, and to schedule a test for COVID-19 as soon as possible.

In the wake of this recent news, the City has begun to take appropriate infection prevention and control measures. As part of these measures, Manluk Centre will remain closed to the public until further notice. The City is in the process of notifying employees of the positive test, and continues to work closely with Alberta Health Services to determine next steps. These measures reflect the City’s steadfast commitment to reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

“We are taking every necessary precaution to prevent further transmission of the virus, and wish the employee a full and speedy recovery,” said Robert Osmond, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Wetaskiwin. “As always, we will remain transparent with the citizens of Wetaskiwin regarding public health matters such as this, with the shared goal of minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

COVID-19 continues to be a very real threat in our community. Anyone with flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat is advised to complete the Alberta Health Services online self-assessment—and get tested for COVID-19 if directed to do so. Do not go to a medical clinic or the emergency room. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Please continue to maintain physical distancing, abide by mass gathering restrictions, practice frequent hand washing, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. The health and well-being of the community remains the City’s number one priority. We are confident that we will get through this challenging time together.

As of August 21, 2020, the City of Wetaskiwin has recorded a total of eleven confirmed cases of COVID-19. Stay current with important updates here on the City’s dedicated COVID-19 portal.