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The program costs the government $ 160 a day.
The 11 communities selected for support outnumber the general population, with high-risk jobs such as employment, health care, maintenance and transportation in the public face.
Many of these communities are largely new populations facing English language barriers. They typically have high-density living arrangements – associated with lower-than-average incomes – with multi-generational homes, he said.
“You can shut down businesses, all social interactions,” Kenny said. “But if the broadcast continues at people’s homes, and you have eight or 10 or 12 people living in a small house or apartment, they will not be effectively self-isolated despite their best efforts.”
Kenny announces new “Covid Care Teams” – Community-led workers’ touch workers provide on-the-ground support.
Free supplies and information on public health orders and restrictions in multiple languages are available to those in the selected 11 communities.
These groups include community and cultural group members, municipal and provincial staff, faith leaders, settlement organization representatives, social workers and translators.
COVID care teams also provide safe transportation to COVID-19 assessment and testing centers.
Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard – Alberta Justice Minister Casey Madhu and Community and Social Services Minister Rajan Sahni joined the announcement – citing selected areas as COVID-19 “hot zones”.