Southern Alberta Hutterite colony quarantined after COVID-19 hatch


CALGARY – In order to reduce the potential spread of the new coronavirus, the Hutterite colony of Willow Creek has entered quarantine. The move was announced in a joint statement released Wednesday by the city of Claresholm, the municipal district of Willow Creek and Livingstone-Macleod MP Roger Reid.

“(Alberta Health Services) is aware of the situation and has taken steps to ensure the protection of residents of the Hutterite colonies and the city of Claresholm,” Reid said in the release. “I will continue to work with the Minister of Health and the City of Claresholm to ensure we have adequate access to testing and PPE in our area.

“We must work together to ensure that everyone in our community is safe and positioned for rapid recovery. Discrimination against anyone is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. ”

According to municipal and provincial officials, cases of discrimination against members of the colony by businesses and residents of Claresholm have been reported.

“I would like to extend our best wishes to the local colonies for a quick and safe conclusion to the COVID threat they are facing at the moment,” said Mayor Doug MacPherson. “And for the people of Claresholm, I would like to allay your concerns. AHS intervened to help the affected colonies cope with their outbreak through testing and quarantine. Measures and guarantees have been put in place to protect the residents of Claresholm.

“These are unprecedented moments, but we must all remember that everyone is doing their best, so stay calm and take care to protect yourself and others. ”

CTV News had not confirmed the number of cases linked to the colony on Thursday morning.

But on Tuesday, Alberta’s chief medical officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said Alberta Health is investigating any link between the Hutterite colony outbreaks on the Prairies.

“We work with the Safety Council and with Saskatchewan, like any other part of our community, the Hutterite community is not spared from exposure or transmission. And so some of our new cases are related to Saskatchewan, ”she said.

Hinshaw also said that no one – or group – is safe from the virus.

“I will repeat my previous statement that it is essential not to distinguish a particular segment of society, but rather to understand that we must all work together to follow public health guidelines to stop transmission.”

This is a developing story. It will be updated throughout the day.


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