Brooks, county of Newell of­fi­cials warn of mis­lead­ing info

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - OPNION -

Ed­i­tor:

Any spread­ing or shar­ing of false or un­con­firmed in­for­ma­tion is ir­re­spon­si­ble and detri­men­tal to the ef­forts of pro­fes­sion­als and ded­i­cated per­son­nel work­ing to re­spond to the COVID-19 sit­u­a­tion.

Rumours, spec­u­la­tions and con­jec­ture jeop­ar­dize progress and waste valu­able re­sources which could be much bet­ter used. Ru­mour spread­ing does noth­ing ex­cept cause fear and panic caus­ing un­nec­es­sary stress and anx­i­ety re­sult­ing in more pres­sure on the health­care sys­tem.

As the sit­u­a­tion es­ca­lates, re­sources will be­come less avail­able.

Ex­perts and of­fi­cials must not be wast­ing time chas­ing down false leads or re­spond­ing to rumours – they should be work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively to make de­ci­sions with cor­rect in­for­ma­tion in the best in­ter­est of the com­mu­nity.

Based on the most up-to-date facts and in­for­ma­tion from Al­berta Health Ser­vices and the Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health, dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions are be­ing made to pro­tect the health and safety of our res­i­dents as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions work to­gether through these un­prece­dented times in our Prov­ince. It is al­ways im­por­tant and nec­es­sary for peo­ple to have ac­cess to up to date, fac­tual in­for­ma­tion. The most re­li­able and re­spectable source for this in­for­ma­tion in our Prov­ince is through the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta and Al­berta Health Ser­vices.

The in­for­ma­tion posted on these web­sites is up­dated reg­u­larly. Hav­ing ac­cess to this in­for­ma­tion will help res­i­dents know what their risk is and what they need to do to pro­tect them­selves.

As new, re­li­able, fac­tual in­for­ma­tion about the spread of the COVID-19 virus is re­ceived by pub­lic of­fi­cials, it will be pub­li­cized by lo­cal part­ners.

Through­out this sit­u­a­tion and al­ways, hon­esty and trans­parency will best serve our com­mu­nity, al­low­ing peo­ple to un­der­stand what is hap­pen­ing and why. The op­po­site hap­pens when false in­for­ma­tion and rumours are cir­cu­lated. un­prece­dented

For up to date and re­li­able info, res­i­dents are be­ing asked to re­fer to: Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta: https:// www.al­berta.ca/coro­n­avirus-info-foral­ber­tans.aspx?fb­clid=IwAR1MFB7X­9iA 1zWMZc1Qt0­h0whQiV3aS­nuyMFFL0Y4 LUSG8P43_6t3VJsUfQ

Al­berta Health Ser­vices: https:// www.al­ber­ta­health­ser­vices.ca/top­ics/ Page16944.aspx?fb­clid=IwAR2vRLnc­1 hGAHDbyUcN­LL9Rmst0vA­yEGjYn_ ujczLOTyKI­wSEUeIoVMJ­Znw

Barry Mor­ishita, Mayor City of Brooks;

Cindy Slen­ders, Pres­i­dent, Brooks & Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce; Molly Dou­glass, Reeve, County of Newell;

Lynn Pye-Mathe­son, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Grass­lands Re­gional FCSS; Michaela Glasgo, MLA Brook­sMedicine Hat; Mo­hammed Y. Idriss, Ser­vice Man­ager, BCIS

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