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Minimize COVID-19 spread: Central Alberta mayors, reeves encourage residents to continue supporting each other

The mayors and reeves of central Alberta communities thanked residents for their “perseverance and cooperation” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in a joint statement Friday.

“COVID-19 in our communities and province affects us all, and although we are pandemic weary, we need to continue to be diligent in ensuring we limit the spread of the virus so we can have the summer that we need and are looking forward to,” said a statement from the leaders of multiple communities, including Red Deer, Red Deer County, Penhold and Blackfalds.

“We know many in our communities have been directly impacted by public health measures and restrictions. While vaccines offer long-term hope of resuming something closer to normal life in the days and months ahead, we still have responsibility in the short-term to minimize spread.”

The past 16 months have been challenging for everyone, but we will come through this if we continue to work together, the statement said.

“The central Alberta region is like no other in Alberta. We are strong, we are determined, and we will continue to come together to support our citizens to reach the goal of stopping the spread and protecting our regional hospitals and health care centres. We have worked together throughout the pandemic, and we will continue to as we return to community life.”

Central Alberta’s mayors and reeves are encouraging residents to support local businesses as much as possible.

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