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RMWB comments on Covid-19 cases at Kearl Lake

(Fort McMurray, AB – April 15, 2020) – Given the recent news of a COVID-19 outbreak at Kearl Lake in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Mayor Don Scott and Scott Davis, Director of Emergency Management, have provided the following statements: 

Mayor Don Scott:

“I was concerned to learn about the COVID-19 outbreak reported at Kearl Lake.

We remain focused on a regional response, and as a Council we have been tirelessly advocating for the region— our region’s safety and wellbeing is 

paramount during this global pandemic. My thoughts are with those who have been impacted and their families. The health and wellbeing of those who live and work in our region remains my paramount concern. I believe that public awareness of cases in our region will help us respond appropriately. We have been advocating for more transparent and detailed information regarding cases in our region — the disclosure of these cases is a step in the right direction.  As we continue to address this global pandemic on a local level, I want to assure you that we remain committed to providing an effective response to our region’s needs,” said Mayor Don Scott.

Director of Emergency Management, Scott Davis

“Like Mayor Scott, my thoughts are with those impacted. Last week, Premier Kenney shared projection modelling, which indicated that Alberta will see its peak of COVID-19 cases in mid-May. Until that point, we can expect to see an increase of cases in our region.  I understand that the news of an outbreak of COVID-19 at Kearl Lake is troubling to hear — but I want to assure you that we are well positioned as a region to deal with these cases.  Alberta has one of the highest testing rates in the world — given the volume of tests that are being completed — we can anticipate that the number of cases in our region will increase in the coming weeks. Each of us has a role to play in following public health order and flattening the curve,” said Scott Davis, Director of Emergency Management,” said Scott Davis.

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