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Mayor says spike in COVID cases in Lethbridge “a wake-up call”

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Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman says the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases here should be “a wake-up call” for everyone.

The city has been experiencing a spike in cases over the last number of days and that’s resulted in the province placing Lethbridge under a COVID-19 WATCH this week.

Spearman telling local media that it’s really important residents follow the guidelines of the medical officer of health, maintain a two metre distance in public, wash your hands well, and wear a mask.

“We want to keep our businesses open,” says Spearman. “We want to keep people safe. The City bylaw for mandatory masking in public places remains in place to help limit the spread in the community.”

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Spearman says we don’t want to overreact, but it’s also very important everyone follows the medical guidelines although he admits all this has been frustrating for many. “People want to see their relatives and want to see their friends, they want life to return to normal. We understand that. But it’s also important to maintain public health.”

Lethbridge currently remains with more than 100 active cases of COVID-19 across the city, which is roughly a tripling of active cases in the past two weeks.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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