• 22 Jan 2021
    Keeping in Touch with Residents- Message from the Mayor


    As vaccination for COVID-19 begins across the province, the supply of vaccines that we need is slow to come. While over 29,000 people have received the vaccine to date, until significantly more people are vaccinated, we need to support our health system and health care workers by continuing to follow the social distancing guidelines that are recommended, and that we wash our hands often and wear a mask in all public places.

    As of yesterday, there are 3,099 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. There have been 21,338 cases and 18,000 of those have recovered. Unfortunately, Saskatchewan families continue to lose loved ones to the virus – 239 people have died from the virus. Our condolences go out to all of the family and friends of those individuals.

    Our case rates here in Saskatchewan are currently the highest in Canada. Our public health experts are telling us that many of the new cases are coming from those who are not complying with the safety guidelines that are in place, as well as from funerals, weddings and other gatherings. If this trend continues, our hospitals will continue to be face space pressures, and deaths will continue. To keep our case numbers down and protect those who are most vulnerable to the virus, we all need to very cautious about attending gatherings of any kind.

    Our health officials tell us keeping our testing up remains very important. They are asking us to get tested if we experience any COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are very mild. Please call the HealthLine at 811, or your family physician, and take the online self-assessment at www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19 to arrange for testing.

    Our City and Emergency Services continue to work with other municipalities and to share information from the Province to ensure the safety of our residents and staff.

    A re-cap on City programs and services:

    • All priority programs and services continue to be provided.
    • The alternating water meter read/estimate schedule continues. With water usage typically higher in warmer months we encourage residents to keep accounts accurate and current by submitting your reading on your ‘estimate’ month.
    • City Hall, Wheatland Regional Library, the MAP, the Sports Centre, Northridge Centre and Heritage Centre are all open with occupancy limits in place and safety guidelines being followed. The MAP is open but all drop-in programs and pick up games are cancelled.
    • Water service will not be discontinued due to non-payment or overdue account status.

    Finally, while we cannot participate in some winter activities, I hope everyone is finding ways to stay active. The City of Martensville is offering a number of winter programs and activities – you can learn more about them on our Facebook page and website.

    We also have something to look forward to for later this year.  We will be adding to the amenities in Kinsmen Park this year with a new asphalt pumptrack.  Get your family in involved to help determine what features should be included.  There will be engagement sessions and surveying in the coming weeks so watch for this on our social media.

    Please remember to maintain social distances so that you and your family can stay safe and healthy!

    Sincerely,

     

    Mayor Kent Muench 
     

    Links to Important Resources

    Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
    Re-Open Saskatchewan
    Featured articles on mental health services available in Saskatchewan
    COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool and the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus
     

    A reminder to sign up for online services available at the City of Martensville:
    Our City’s webpage dedicated to information on the pandemic
    City of Martensville social media links:
    Facebook
    Twitter: @Martensville
    Business Task Force (City of Martensville, City of Warman, Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce)

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