Coronavirus: Edmonton officials to provide update on city’s response to COVID-19

Mayor Don Iveson and interim city manager Adam Laughlin will provide an update to the City of Edmonton’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday.

They will speak after an Emergency Advisory Committee meeting, which started at city hall at 10 a.m.

Wednesday morning’s meeting saw members of city administration and council sit further apart. Some councillors participated by phone.

During the meeting, committee members discussed recent events, transit service level adjustments, implications of the province declaring a public health emergency, implications of a possible local state of emergency and what council support looks like going forward.

Laughlin did not recommend enacting a state of local emergency Wednesday.

He said it’s important for city council to deliver a consistent message and he suggested increasing the city’s social media messaging, sharing those social media resources more widely, encouraging community mobilization and neighbourliness.

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