Yes, the Cochrane RancheHouse is proud to participate as an Alberta Health Services COVID-19 vaccination centre and help support the provincial vaccination roll out.
Many local pharmacies are also offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
IMPORTANT: all booking is done through AHS:
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17295.aspx. Check for eligibility information.
For those who need transportation: there is a COLT stop at the RancheHouse. Book your trip on ridecolt.ca
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The best way to protect yourself and your family is to:
If you have symptoms or are exposed to COVID-19, you must follow provincial self-isolation guidelines: https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx
AHS is requesting people use the online self-assessment tool first, then follow the links to book an appointment: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17058.aspx
Self-isolation is keeping yourself apart from others to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. You might be the only one in self-isolation in your household, or your whole family might be self-isolating.
For more details on when and how to self-isolate, check https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx
Self-isolation assumes you may be infected and includes measures to prevent the possible spread of infection: it means staying home and following strict cleaning procedures.
Physical distancing assumes you may spread the virus or it may spread to you. It includes measures to protect yourself and others in public places by keeping physical distance of two metres or six feet between you and others, following specific instructions for washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes, not sharing utensils, and cleaning common objects and surfaces often.
In Cochrane, we’re calling it physical — not social — distancing so we remember to find ways to still connect socially, even from a distance.
People who violate provincial self-isolation orders may be subject to a fine and can be prosecuted.
Find out more or request service from AHS public health inspectors: https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx#jumplinks-7
The Town is following provincial restrictions:
More on mandatory restrictions: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
There are 15 active COVID-19 cases in Cochrane, as of June 9, 2021.
Additional information: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-statistics.aspx (look for the Geospatial tab).
School status: https://www.alberta.ca/schools/covid-19-school-status-map.htm
In general, travel outside of Canada is not recommended and restrictions exist in many areas. Visit canada.ca and alberta.ca for information.
There are a variety of federal and provincial travel restrictions and regulations in place. Check for details: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-travel-advice.aspx
All Alberta residents are required to follow current public health measures: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
As a community, we encourage people to maintain physical distance, but that is not to say people should distance themselves socially. It is incredibly important for everyone to remain social and kind in all they do: wave to your neighbours, help shovel/sweep their walk, shout “hello,” connect with friends and family virtually, etc.
All Town playgrounds, including the Zero Gravity skate park are open for use. Please note: playgrounds and facilities are not sanitized — use at your own risk. Sanitize your hands before and after using equipment. Maintain physical distancing of 2m/6ft from those not in your household.
All Town pathways and other open spaces are open for use. Please follow physical distancing guidelines.
Your pet cannot catch or spread the virus. Please feel free to cuddle with them as much as they’ll let you.
If you are feeling anxious or stressed, please call:
More resources: cochrane.ca/2080/Health-Wellness
The Cochrane Activettes Food Bank is operating while the COVID-19 response is underway and has been adapted to meet the needs of the community during this time. The Cochrane Activettes, Cochrane FCSS and Family Resource Network partner to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry.
To request a food hamper:
More information and ways to donate: cochrane.ca/2079/Food-Essentials
Depending on your needs and situation, you may be eligible to receive assistance through a variety of programs:
Visit cochrane.ca/210/Volunteering for a list of local volunteer organizations and the Volunteer Connector resource .
There are a number of local Facebook groups connecting those who want to help with those in need. Here are a few we’re aware of:
More resources: cochrane.ca/2083/Community-Initiatives
We’re encouraging residents to help their neighbours while maintaining physical distance. Here’s a few things you can do:
The Town continues to provide service to residents, businesses and visitors while following all provincial guidelines and restrictions. Essential services are still operating and Town staff are available in a variety of ways. Please check department pages for self-serve and contact information.
Other ways the Town is supporting the community:
Yes. The Town continues to provide core services, including waste, recycling and organics collection. Download the My Cochrane Collection app for collection reminders and service updates.
Town resources are equipped with resources and implemented protocols to continue to respond to emergency calls. Action plans are in place to care for all staff.
If you recently applied for a position at the Town, you will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.
Find out more about the process: cochrane.ca/Jobs
COLT is running normally with COVID protocols in place. Masks are mandatory on all COLT buses.
Please check ridecolt.ca for details.
Some organizations are planning ahead in anticipation of a change to restrictions in the summer. The Town is currently reviewing applications for outdoor events on Town land on a case-by-case basis. All applications must include a detailed plan outlining COIVD-19 social distancing protocols and enforcement.
Application and contact information: cochrane.ca/241/Community-Event-Planning
Individual garage sales are considered outdoor gatherings and are limited to 10 people. Physical distancing is mandatory. Community garage sales are not allowed.
• If you hold a garage sale, encourage masks, remind people to keep their distance and provide hand sanitizer.
• If you attend a garage sale, wear a mask, maintain physical distance and use hand sanitizer.
Wipes go in the garbage and should never be flushed down the toilet — even if they say “flushable.” Put tissues or napkins with personal or food waste in your organics bin. Disposable masks should be disposed of in your household garbage.
Yes! Cochrane is known for our beautiful outdoor spaces. All Town playgrounds, including the Zero Gravity skate park are open for use. Please note: playgrounds and facilities are not sanitized — use at your own risk. Sanitize your hands before and after using equipment. Maintain physical distancing from those not in your household.
Off-leash areas: please be considerate and keep control of your pet. Always clean up after your pet, respect other people’s space and physical distancing requirements.
Sports fields: at this time, local sports teams may not practice on sports fields. Please enjoy sports fields with members of your household.
Cochrane’s off-leash parks remain open and are monitored regularly by Municipal Enforcement to ensure residents observe proper physical distancing measures.
To keep our parks open, it is important to remember:
Please keep your distance and help prevent the spread.
We have a fantastic local pathway system and many enjoy it daily. Please respect physical distancing measures by providing at least 2 meters/6 feet of space when passing — moving to the far edge of the pathway should be enough space. Don’t forget to wave or say hello!
The Town is following Alberta Health Services as the lead agency and provincial and federal government direction. All their information is being broadcast by news media through radio, television, print and online. The Town will continue to use all methods to get information to our residents as well.
Cochrane's Urgent Care facility – a provincially regulated health care facility – is working at high capacity and doing the best they can to operate as usual.
RCMP detachments across Alberta are modifying service delivery at front counters and restricting access to public spaces. Find out more, including contact information, on cochrane.ca/RCMP
Do what you feel safe with. Businesses are having a tough time – if you can continue supporting them by ordering online, doing curbside pick-up or ordering takeout, please do so. The Town is supporting local businesses with our Open & Safe campaign. Find out more on ShopCochrane.ca and facebook.com/shopcochrane
Provincial restrictions are in place to limit the number of people in a business at one time and limit contact between people. Always check for current information: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
It is important that we all do our part to help prevent the spread. To protect yourself and others we need to stay home as much as possible. Avoid going out for anything but the essentials and limit the number of people who do go out. Please designate one shopper for the family; take every measure possible to physically distance yourself from others, wear a mask and sanitize your hands before and after shopping.
Yes, the provincial government has put enhanced infection prevention and controls in place so businesses can open safely. This includes mandatory masks in indoor public places and limits to capacity. Find out more: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx#provincewide
There is a variety of guidance for business sectors based on a number of factors. Find out more about restrictions and guidelines: https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx
If you are concerned an establishment is not following public health orders and guidelines, you can:
Under provincial regulations, masks are mandatory in all indoor public places, places of worship and indoor workplaces. More: https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx
With the provincial mask mandate in place, Cochrane’s municipal Face Coverings Bylaw 20/2020 expired May 2021. The Town supports and relies on health experts wherever possible; allowing the provincial mask mandate to prevail aligns with this approach.
Please check the provincial regulations for exemptions: https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx#exceptions
Private businesses may set their own policies as long as they also meet the minimum provincial requirements. Businesses are encouraged to provide alternatives to in-person interaction, such as offering online or telephone service, delivery or curbside pickup.
Downloadable signage is available to businesses and operators.
Reusable cloth masks should be washed in hot water with your regular laundry and reused; disposable masks can be worn more than once, but should go in your household garbage when soiled or damaged. More details on mask use in the provincial guidelines: https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx#jumplinks-1