The City of Red Deer is reminding citizens to protect themselves against exposure to COVID-19.
As Red Deer nears its highest active case total since the start of the pandemic last year, Mayor Tara Veer said there is a significant cause for concern.
Red Deer sits at 544 active cases of the virus, closing on the high of 565 that was reached in February, at the height of the Olymel meat processing plant outbreak.
Red Deer has added more than 200 cases over the past week and a half.
“The rate of infection in our community and region over the past week is of significant concern. We need to do everything we can to reduce the spread by following public health guidelines,” said Mayor Tara Veer in a news release.
“Vaccines offer long-term hope of resuming something closer to normal life in the months ahead; but right now, we are still experiencing increased numbers across our city and province and we need to elevate our local efforts to minimize community spread.”
There are outbreaks at several local businesses, schools, and most recently, shelter-related sites in Red Deer.
“The City of Red Deer is doing everything it can to support businesses and organizations who maybe at a higher risk of transmission,” said city manager Allan Seabrooke.
“In the case of our vulnerable sector, we have community social service providers who are doing extraordinary work to protect some of our city’s most vulnerable and minimize further spread in Red Deer. This work is imperative as we continue to see rising numbers in our city.”