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Town declares State Of Local Emergency

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The Town of Drumheller has declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) as of Monday, November 23, 2020, with aims to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
“The safety and wellbeing of our community continues to be our top priority,” explains Jay Garbutt, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Drumheller. “This is tough, but we believe as a community we can work together to slow the spread.”
The State of Local Emergency gives the Town access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act not available under the Municipal Government Act.

Section 24(1)(b) of the Emergency Management Act allows municipalities to exercise the same powers in a state of local emergency as the Minister may exercise in a provincial state of emergency (note that the current provincial state of public health emergency differs from a provincial state of emergency, and includes slightly different provincial powers). These powers are found in s. 19(1) and are as follows:
a. put into operation an emergency plan or program;
b. authorize or require a local authority to put into effect an emergency plan or program for the municipality;
c. acquire or utilize any real or personal property considered necessary to prevent, combat, or alleviate the effects of an emergency or disaster;
d. authorize or require any qualified person to render aid of a type the person is qualified to provide;
e. control or prohibit travel to or from any area of Alberta;
f. provide for the restoration of essential facilities and the distribution of essential supplies and provide, maintain, and coordinate emergency medical, welfare, and other essential services in any part of Alberta;
g. order the evacuation of persons and the removal of livestock and personal property from any area of Alberta that is or may be affected by a disaster and make arrangements for the adequate care and protection of those persons or livestock and of the personal property;
h. authorize the entry into any building or on any land, without warrant, by any person in the course of implementing an emergency plan or program;

i. cause the demolition or removal of any trees, structures, or crops if the demolition or removal is necessary or appropriate in order to reach the scene of a disaster, or to attempt to forestall its occurrence or to combat its progress;
j.procure or fix prices for food, clothing, fuel, equipment, medical supplies, or other essential supplies and the use of any property, services, resources, or equipment within any part of Alberta for the duration of the state of emergency;
k.authorize the conscription of persons needed to meet an emergency.

“We are not currently, nor do we anticipate, enacting an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) or Incident Command Post (ICP),” states Darryl Drohomerski, Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Drumheller. "We want to be prepared in the event cases continue to escalate. A SOLE will help us do this.”
All Town services are still operating at this time, including limited recreation services. Water, sewer, waste services, and power are still operating and serving our community.

Palliser Regional Municipal Services makes Drumheller Valley Land Use webmap available

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Following feedback requests for digital maps to compare proposed land use districts and current land use districts, Palliser Regional Municipal Services have launched a webmap available at as of November 10, 2020.
On October 26, 2020, the Town of Drumheller held public hearings for proposed Land Use Bylaw 16.20 (LUB) and proposed Municipal Development Plan Bylaw 17.20 (MDP).
Feedback on the proposed documents was received at the public hearings and at the public engagement sessions through the dates of October 14 to 27, 2020.
Feedback and comments have been incorporated into the proposed LUB and MDP and second drafts are now available for review.
The Town of Drumheller Council will be considering second reading of the proposed LUB and MDP during the regular Council Meeting on November 23, 2020.
Prior to considering second reading, the Town is requesting comments to be submitted to on the updated drafts by November 17, 2020.
Second drafts of the LUB and MDP may be reviewed online at, or copies may be picked up at the Town of Drumheller office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COVID-19 outbreak at Drumheller Health Centre acute care

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As of late Saturday, November 21 The Drumheller Mail was informed, "The outbreak now also includes the Coalbanks, or supportive living, unit where Alberta Health Services (AHS) is investigating a second confirmed case. Additionally, a fourth case has been confirmed in acute care linked to the outbreak there."

The Drumheller Health Centre is pausing acute care admissions as an outbreak at the facility has been declared.
The Mail learned late on Friday, November 20 Alberta Health Services (AHS) declared a COVID-19 outbreak in acute care at the Drumheller Health Centre. At this time, there are three confirmed cases linked to the outbreak. Additionally, there is a single confirmed COVID-19 case in supportive living at the site.
AHS Public Health is carrying out their robust contract tracing process and potential contacts are being directly contacted to encourage testing and provide guidance for self-isolation as needed to reduce the possibility of spread.
In response to the outbreak, AHS has implemented a series of temporary measures at the Drumheller Health Centre to ensure the safety of patients, residents, staff and physicians. These measures include temporarily pausing new acute care admissions, postponing non-urgent and elective surgeries that require post-operative care and temporarily diverting non-urgent obstetrical patients to Stettler or Olds.
Patients are being directly contacted to discuss postponing surgery and referrals to support in-hospital births.
The emergency department remains open and those in need of urgent care will receive it. This includes emergency births which will continue to be supported at the site. Patients who require acute care admission will be stabilized and transferred by EMS to nearby facilities for appropriate care. Drumheller does not have ICU beds, so any patients requiring that level of specialized care will be transferred into Red Deer or Calgary as per usual process. Drumheller has portable ventilators on-site to help stabilize patients before transport as needed, and mobile ventilators can be used by EMS during patient transport if necessary.
There are also enhanced visitor restrictions in place at the Drumheller Health Centre in acute care and supportive living at this time.
“The site leadership has been preparing for these types of situations since the pandemic began, and are working almost around the clock to keep staff, patients and the community safe,” said Dr. Rithesh Ram.
AHS recognizes that these temporary measures and visitor restrictions can be frustrating and that patients may be concerned about their care. These are not decisions it makes lightly or without thorough review with the Medical Officer of Health and clinical leadership.
Such actions are necessary to ensure the safety of patients, residents, staff and physicians at the facility during this outbreak


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