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COVID Update#41 - September 29th

September 29 2021

Letter to citizens   Sept 28, 2021

Dear citizens,

Covid update

These past couple weeks have been very hard for our town. Many of our citizens have contracted the dreaded Covid -19 Delta Variant . Some are very sick in our local hospital or intubated in the Lethbridge ICU , others feeling unwell and very tired but not hospitalized. I know there is a great deal of frustration in Town regarding those who are sick and not vaccinated. Now is the time to set aside our judgments and rally to support each other in this time of distress for so many families. It is through our acts of selfless  service that we will overcome this crisis. And to those who recently lost loved ones, we express our sincere condolences.

We have reached a number of active cases that is alarming these past couple weeks. The number of active cases is at 141 in the Cardston-Kainai Health region. The Blood Tribe and the Town have been hit very badly with this 4th wave.  We need to stay hopeful that this curb will soon hit its crest and the number of active cases decrease significantly in the next couple weeks.  Please be vigilant in keeping yourself and your family healthy.  According to the medical profession, the best protection against Covid is still self-distancing, frequent  hand  washing and sanitizing,  vaccination and staying home if feeling sick with flue like symptoms.

At this time, I want to thank all doctors, nurses, home care workers, Health Center personnel, support staff at the hospital and in long term care facilities who work tirelessly around the clock to save lives. Thank you for the difficult job you have dealing with this brutal 4th wave of Covid variant that hit our Town. We appreciate all you do!

Covid related matters

As you know, new provincial regulations have been put in place along with an exemption program that hinges on proof of vaccination for sit in restaurants and for sports activities.  Council and our Administrator are trying to find the right balance not to penalize our youth from enjoying team sport.  Council decided that Minor hockey will carry on with 1/3 capacity and no proof of vaccination as in the recent past, while we are still unsure of the future of adults’ hockey groups. We are waiting to hear from AHS on the matter. Please stay tuned.

Election

The municipal election is right around the corner. The first advanced poll will be Saturday October 2 from 3-6pm at the Civic Centre. The second advanced poll will be Thursday, October 14th from 4-8pm also at the Civic Centre.  The main election is Monday, October 18 from 10am – 8pm. Please bring with you a form of government issued identification. See the Town web site for a full list of acceptable identification, or call the Town office at 403-653-3366 for more information.

Day of Truth and Reconciliation Ceremony

As a follow up to the Federal Government declaring Sept 30th a statutory holiday for all Government employees and affiliated entities and businesses, Council has proclaimed Sept 30 as a Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a time to reflect on our past and honor the many lost lives of Children and Missing and Murdered Women and Girls.  You can read the Proclamation on line at www.cardston.ca.  To give meaning to this proclamation, Council felt that specific actions needed to be taken. Flags will be lowered to mark a day of respect for the tragic loss of Indigenous lives and Town trucks will have magnetic signs with the Logo “Every Child Matters”.

We will have a solemn ceremony at 11 o’ clock on Thursday, September 30th at the Niitsiitapi Monument across by the riverside. Dignitaries and invited guests will be present at the ceremony.  We invite all who desire to come to wear orange shirts, wear masks and social distance. The ceremony will be rebroadcast on the Town web site and youtube channel. Please check our website for more details.  This day will mark an important step towards Truth and Reconciliation.

Always at your service

Mayor Kronen

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