While town officials will be watching what happens during today's provincial COVID-19 update, there aren't any new municipal measures planned at this time.

Mayor Jeff Genung says council received an update from town administration during yesterday's strategic planning session and additional measures weren't recommended.

He does, however, anticipate some new measures to be implemented soon by the province to help bend the curve.

That could come as early as today during the 4 p.m. COVID-19 update. Premier Jason Kenny and other government officials will be joining Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, in today's presentation.

"We're eagerly awaiting what the next move of the province will be," says Mayor Genung. "We're kind of anticipating something will happen here in the next few days, earlier than the (Dec.) 18th deadline that they had initially given us, given the increase in cases."

He believes Cochranites have been doing their part in keeping the numbers down here, especially considering our proximity to Calgary.

"I want to be clear that we're concerned about it, but we're still doing relatively well, given the fact that Calgary and Edmonton are hot spots in the province. While we're seeing our cases rise, and we need to continue to do what we can, Cochrane residents have still been strong and holding on, doing what they can, and doing their part to keep those numbers lower than what they maybe could have been."

No members of the public will be allowed in the council chambers during its Dec. 14 meeting. It is, however, being streamed live, as usual.