To continue efforts to co-ordinate a proactive response to COVID-19, the City of Red Deer has reactivated a COVID-19 emergency operations centre.
While the case numbers in Red Deer, and throughout most of the central zone, have remained relatively low, COVID-19 is still a risk in our community, the city states in a release.
With recent increases in cases in other parts of the province, as well as the central zone, there is a need to enhance monitoring of, and planning for COVID-19 impacts, says the city.
The structure of the centre allows for centralized communication, decision-making and planning that will allow staff to be nimble and flexible to respond to this ever-changing situation, says the city.
It involves a small, dedicated team. This group will operate via a combination of remote and in-person methods to ensure compliance with all health and safety requirements related to COVID-19.
“The city continues to closely monitor the pandemic and follow recommendations and guidelines set out by Alberta Health and the chief medical officer of health, and we are prepared to adjust our response as needed,” the city states.
While the city is activating an emergency operations centre, a state of local emergency, which gives the city access to additional resources, has not been declared.