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This is your one stop area for local information.   You can visit the different menus to read the most recent information provided by Town of Hanna, announcements from Hanna & area businesses and organizations to their customers and find important and FACT CHECKED  information and resourced.  Please refer to ONLY official websites for your information.

Can You Help? Do You Need Help?

Community Supports Community

If you are able to assist someone in our area during the COVID-19 crisis or if you, yourself or someone you know need assistance, please complete the form found at hanna.ca/help.  This confidential form will allow Hanna Emergency Social Services Team to assist.  Some of the areas that are included on the form include:

  • Driving
  • Shopping
  • Child Care
  • Tutoring
  • Therapy

And, if the area you need help isn’t listed, there’s a section to write it in.

hanna.ca/help

Snowbirds!  Travellers!

The rules around mandatory self-isolation changed yesterday.  Under the new rules,  anyone under mandatory self-isolation must stay inside and may only go outside on their own private property such as their yard or balcony-providing it is at least 2m from their neighbour.  If you are in mandatory self isolation you must adhere to the following:

  • Do not go to school work or other public areas or community settings.
  • Do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park.  This includes  children in mandatory self isolation.
  • You can get fresh air in your backyard, if you have one, but must remain on private property not accessibly by others.
  • If you live in an apartment you must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairwells to go outside.  If your balcony is private and is at least 2 meters away from your closets neighbour, you may go outside on your balcony.
  • Avoid close contact with household members especially seniors and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune system.

Mandatory Self Isolation – What does that mean

It means that you are required to self-isolate if:

  • You returned from travelling outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for a full 14 days from your return.  
  • You have been identified by AHS as a close contact of a person with COVID-19.  
  • If either of the above hold true and you experience the onset of symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period, you must continue to self-isolate for an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms or until you feel better, whichever is longer.

Let’s Talk Poop

Yup.  Public Works has been experiencing some sewer issues.  Please remember.  Do not try to flush “The Unflushables”   Even though those wipes say flushable, they still plug your sewer and the sewer main.  If it’s your sewer that plugs, you are responsible.  Remember, and remind the kids too:  Only poop, pee and paper (Toilet Paper) can be flushed.

Q & A for Dr. Fortna

Dr. Fortna would like to answer questions citizens may have regarding COVID-19 and Hanna.  If you have a question you’d like her to respond to, please submit it in the form below.

Local Supports Coming

Local Supports are on Their Way

♦  Hanna Learning Centre is providing assistance with Employment Insurance applications and Coal Workforce Transition Program applications.  Starting today, Mar 30, 2020 citizens can book appointments by phoning (403) 854-2099.   HLC is offering extended hours starting at 7:45 am through to 7:30 pm.  The intent is to evaluate this service on a weekly basis.

♦  The Alberta Government is providing $30 million to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19.  Through grants from Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA) in conjunction with Hanna Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), funding will be distributed to local FCSS and community organizations.  These organizations will support a range of services needed from at-home help for seniors, crisis and helplines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling or any other identified community issues.

♦  Remember – the best way to prevent getting sick is to avoid being exposed.  It is critical that you take steps to protect yourself and others.

Take Steps to Protect Yourself

♦  Hand Washing for 20 seconds minimum after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, being in a public place.  If you are unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.  

♦  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  DISTANCE.

Take Steps to Protect Others

♦  Stay home if you feel sick.  Local stores are great at working with customers so you don’t have to enter public spaces and risk spreading the virus.  If you MUST leave your house, wear a facemask.  Be sure to cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow and immediately throw the used tissue in the trash followed by immediate 20 second handwashing.

♦  Clean and disenfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.  Be sure to clean dirty surfaces prior to disinfection.

 

 

 

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