High River on edge as COVID-19 cases fly away


The number of COVID-19 cases has increased dramatically in the town of High River in the past few days.

On Tuesday, there were 87 confirmed cases, compared to 60 reported on Monday.

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Two residents of High River have recovered, according to Alberta Health.

In a Facebook post on Monday evening, Mayor Craig Snodgrass said, “Everyone is aware of the rapid change that is happening with our local COVID.[-19] problems. “

” I want [assure] everyone we work in line trying to get appropriate information about [Alberta] Health regarding the situation, ”wrote Snodgrass.

“I spoke with our MP, Roger Reid, who is receiving information today and we are working directly with Cargill and our local doctors and health professionals to coordinate a local plan to address the problem.”

Cargill Meat Solutions, a meat packaging plant in High River, said Monday that a number of its employees had tested positive for COVID-19, but did not say how many. The union representing its workers, Local 401 United Food and Commercial Workers, said there were 38 diagnoses at the establishment.

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The peak in cases has residents on the edge.

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“You can feel the nervousness in town right now compared to before,” said resident Erika Decogeau on Tuesday. “People are much more worried than they were before, just with our huge increase in the number of cases. “

This is in stark contrast to nearby Okotoks, which has twice the population but a third of the cases.

“My wife and I isolate ourselves. We go out once a week to shop for groceries, “said Mark Phillips, a resident of High River. “We are doing everything we can, but sometimes I think it is not enough. “

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High River 7-Eleven was locked out after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

A sign in the High River 7-Eleven indicates that the store will reopen in late April.

A sign in the High River 7-Eleven indicates that the store will reopen in late April.

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The store recommended that anyone who visited 7-Eleven between March 29 and April 10 complete the Alberta government’s online self-assessment tool.

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A sign on the building indicates that the store is closed for cleaning and will reopen on April 25.

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