Kneehill County on COVID-19 watch

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Kneehill County has been placed back on watch status as the number of active cases of COVID-19 has climbed to 12.

The county, along with the surrounding counties of Starland and Wheatland, were placed on watch status earlier this summer, though the statuses were short-lived and did not prompt any additional health measures.

Chief Administrative Officer for Kneehill County, Mike Haugen, told the Mail, “We are following Alberta Health Services’ lead and following precautions.”

The county issued a release Tuesday evening stating services and operations were not affected by the watch status and encouraging residents of the county to continue social distance protocols, use masks where physical distancing is not possible, continue proper hand-washing, and follow gathering restrictions.

Trochu Valley School, part of the Golden Hills School Division and within the boundaries of Kneehill County, currently has an outbreak within the school with two confirmed cases. The school remains open at this time according to the Government of Alberta website.

During her Tuesday, November 3 provincial COVID update, Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced there had been an average of 567 cases per day between October 30 and November 2.

There is now one active case in Starland County, two in Drumheller, and seven within Wheatland County.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail