Mayor Jeff Genung says it's not time to declare a local state of emergency to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, during his presentation on Facebook Live this afternoon, he and interim CAO Drew Hyndman provide updates on what measures are being taken by the town. He stressed we need to look out for each other, and not panic.
Earlier today, Mayor Genung said he was informed there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cochrane.
"While this is unsettling, it is a reminder that we are not immune to this," said Genung. "The health and well-being of a community and the delivery of public service remains our top priority."
He said this is a time to be even more outwardly social and not bury our heads in the sand.
"Physical distancing doesn't mean we cut ourselves off from one-and-other. It means that we maintain a respectful distance, and take other measures to stop the spread of the virus. But don't become anti-social. If anything, at this time, we need to be more social."
He proudly flaunted our renowned community spirit and our strong volunteer network.
He briefly referenced a few examples of how people and organizations are stepping up to help.
"I know you're worried. I know you're concerned about your work. I want you to know you're not alone. We will get through this together. Neighbours will help neighbours. Cooperation and collaboration are imperative as we work together to keep Cochranites safe."
He briefly addressed panic shopping.
"Go outside, walk your dog, wave hello, shovel a walk, go for groceries, but there is no need to hoard, there is no need to horde."
The pair also answered some questions asked by viewers.
Mayor Genung and CAO Hyndman will be providing further live updates as needed.
Earlier in the day, the town announced the closure of its facilities to the public, but assured core services will continue to be provided.