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State of local emergency declared in Wood Buffalo region in response to COVID-19

(Fort McMurray, AB – March 20, 2020) – Mayor Don Scott declared a state of local emergency in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, to assist the Government of Alberta’s efforts to respond to the spread of COVID-19.

“We are taking the COVID-19 response very seriously, and by declaring a State of Local Emergency, we are able to access additional resources to help prevent the spread and protect our community,” said Mayor Don Scott. “This is an evolving situation, but our top priority will always be the health, safety and well-being of residents. We are well positioned to address the needs of our community and continue to work closely with other levels of government to ensure we are in alignment with the recommendations from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.”

The state of local emergency gives the Municipality access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act. Residents are reminded to call Alberta Healthlink at 8-1-1 for non-emergency health information about COVID-19 and 9-1-1 only in the case of a life-threatening emergency.

The COVID-19 outbreak remains a fluid situation and information can change quickly and often. Alberta Health Services remains the trusted authority and primary information source on updates on COVID-19. Factual, up-to date information will continue to be available on the AHS website, alberta.ca/covid19.

For updates on Municipal closures and service updates, visit www.rmwb.ca/COVID19.

For further information or questions, contact PULSE at 780-743-7000, toll-free 1-800-973-9663 or online at rmwb.ca/pulse.     

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