Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer urged Red Deerians to take more pandemic precautions to stem the rising number of local cases of COVID-19. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer urged Red Deerians to take more pandemic precautions to stem the rising number of local cases of COVID-19. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Red Deer mayor urges citizens to take more pandemic precautions

Active cases are rising at a ‘concerning’ rate

The rising number of COVID-19 cases in Red Deer has Mayor Tara Veer urging the public to take more safeguards.

“The number of active COVID-19 cases in Red Deer and central health zone rose over the past week, which is concerning, especially considering how low they were the week before,” said Veer.

“As a community, we need to continue to be diligent in ensuring we limit the spread of the virus.”

In addition to other public health protocols in place, Veer said city council adopted a bylaw requiring all transit users to wear face coverings. The city also requires face covering in some parts of city facilities.

City council has discussed, but not passed, having a mandatory mask bylaw for all indoor spaces.

Council may revisit the topic if, or when, Alberta’s chief medical health officer indicates further measures are warranted, said the mayor.

“As active cases rise in our community, council and administration are closely monitoring the situation and are continually responding to public health guidelines to determine what additional steps may need to be taken…

“This year has been a challenging one for everyone, but we will come through this if we continue to work together,” said Veer.

She is urging residents to “please continue to take personal precautions to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by practising physical distancing, wearing a face covering when distancing cannot be maintained and limiting the number of people you share close contact with.”

“It is imperative that we remain diligent and remember that every measure we take is not only to protect ourselves, but to protect all Red Deerians and capacity at our local hospital.”

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