Help stop the spread
The Edmonton Zone is seeing a rapid rise in active COVID-19 cases. To stop the spread before it gets out of control, additional voluntary public health measures are strongly recommended.
Starting October 8, all residents and visitors of Edmonton and surrounding communities should:
- Keep your family and social gatherings small - no more than 15 people
- Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace like an office or cubicle where you are safely distanced from others, or an appropriate barrier is in place
- Limit your cohorts to no more than 3: your core household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort.
- Young children who attend child care could be part of 4 cohorts, given that child care settings have not been a high risk for spread.
Health officials are closely monitoring the Edmonton Zone. Additional measures may be recommended if needed.
Why new measures are needed
We must take action now to help slow the virus's spread and make sure the health system can continue supporting patients with COVID-19, influenza and many other needs.
There is a time lag between transmission and new case identification. This means the cases we see today were infected up to two weeks ago.
We must work together to protect each other. The greater the community spread, the more likely it will infect our loved ones most at-risk of severe outcomes, including death.
What else you can do
We must continue following existing public health measures to keep ourselves and others safe:
- Keep 2 metres apart when you can, wear a mask when you can't
- Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes
- Monitor your symptoms every day
- If sick, stay home, get tested, and follow mandatory isolation requirements while waiting for results:
- if positive, isolate from others for 10 days or until symptoms are gone, whichever is longer
- if negative, stay home until you're better
- Limit your gatherings and cohorts
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Get the flu shot to keep influenza cases low so health workers can focus on the COVID-19 pandemic
The voluntary public health measures apply to all residents and visitors of communities in the AHS Edmonton Zone:
- Fort Saskatchewan
- Sherwood Park
- Spruce Grove
- St. Albert
- Stony Plain
- Surrounding villages and businesses
COVID-19 status map
As Alberta reopens, some regions may need to put additional measures in place to address local outbreaks. Learn more about the regional relaunch status in your area and sign up to be notified if there is a change in your area.