Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer gave an update on Olymel's COVID-19 situation on Wednesday. (File photo by Advocate staff).

Veer addresses rising COVID-19 cases in Red Deer

Red Deer has added nearly 200 cases of active COVID-19 cases in past week

COVID-19 cases in Red Deer have taken a sharp rise over the last few weeks and Mayor Tara Veer is asking city residents to continue to take personal precautions to bend the curve.

As of Tuesday, Red Deer has 483 active cases of the virus, up more than 200 cases since April 13.

Veer said Red Deerians need to be diligent and help limit the spread of the virus.

“I know many in our community are disappointed with current public health measures and restrictions, however, it is important to remember that we are at a critical juncture. While vaccines offer long-term hope of resuming something closer to normal life in the months ahead, we still have responsibility in the short-term to minimize spread,” Veer said in a statement Tuesday.

“This year has been a challenging one for everyone, but we will come through this if we continue to work together. Please continue to take personal precautions to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by following all public health measures.”

In the statement, Veer said city officials are closely monitoring the situation and working with Alberta Health Services to monitor COVID-19 activity.

During these tough times, the mayor also asked to support local businesses.

“I encourage residents to support our local businesses as much as you are able during this time. We have proven time and time again that we can come together as a community, and respond to challenges head-on.”

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