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October 5th - OC Transpo operator (Barrhaven) tested positive for COVID-19

Message from the General Manager of the Transportation Services Department:


This afternoon (October 4th), we received confirmation that an OC Transpo operator tested positive for COVID-19. Their last day of work was September 25. The employee has been self-isolating since that time. To protect the privacy of the individual, we will not be releasing their name.

We are working directly with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and are conducting contact tracing of individuals who have, or may have been, in close contact with this employee. OPH has advised that the key dates are the 48-hour period prior to the first day the employee showed symptoms; in this case the key dates are September 24 and 25. We have begun contacting employees who may have come into close contact with this operator during these key dates.

OPH is following up with family and friends who may have been in close contact with the employee.

The employee operated two buses on Thursday September 24 and two buses on Friday September 25 serving the following routes:

September 24, 2020 Bus #4292

· Route # 284 Knoxdale/Hunt Club 7:32am to Tunney’s Pasture Station 7:57am

· Route # 164 Tunney’s Pasture Station 8:00am to Eagleson/Stonehaven 8:26am

· Route # 161 Stonehaven/Bridelwood 8:33am to AY Jackson 9:00am

Bus #4608

· Route # 170 Fallowfield Station 10:24am to Barrhaven Center 10:54am

· Route # 175 Barrhaven Center 11:05am to Golflinks/Longfields 11:12am

· Route # 175 Golflinks/Longfields 11:13am to Barrhaven Center 11:24am

· Route # 80 Barrhaven Ctr 11:27am to Tunney’s Pasture Station 12:38pm

· Route # 80 Tunney’s Pasture Station 12:46pm to Auriga/Deakin 1:27pm

· Route # 170 Barrhaven Center 2:17pm to Fallowfield Station 2:50pm

· Route # 73 RCMP Headquarters 3:06pm to Tunney’s Pasture Station 3:35pm

· Route # 81 Tunney’s Pasture Station 3:39pm to Merivale/Kimway 4:10pm

· Route # 81 Tunney’s Pasture Station 4:34pm to Merivale/Kimway 5:05pm

· Route # 81 Merivale/Kimway 5:06pm to Tunney’s Pasture Station 5:53pm

· Route # 83 Tunney’s Pasture Station 5:59pm to Viewmount/Grand Carman 6:24pm

September 25, 2020

Bus #4479

· Route # 284 Knoxdale/Hunt Club 7:32am to Tunney’s Pasture Station 7:57am

· Route # 164 Tunney’s Pasture Station 8:00am to Eagleson/Stonehaven 8:26am

· Route # 161 Stonehaven/Bridelwood 8:33am to AY Jackson 9:00am

Bus #4299

· Route # 170 Fallowfield Station 10:24am to Barrhaven Center 10:54am

· Route # 175 Barrhaven Center 11:05am to Golflinks/Longfields 11:12am

· Route # 175 Golflinks/Longfields 11:13am to Barrhaven Center 11:24am

· Route # 80 Barrhaven Center 11:27am to Tunney’s Pasture Station 12:38pm

· Route # 80 Tunney’s Pasture Station 12:46pm to Auriga/Deakin 1:27pm

· Route # 170 Barrhaven Center 2:17pm to Fallowfield Station 2:50pm

· Route # 73 RCMP Headquarters 3:06pm to Tunney’s Pasture Station 3:35pm

· Route # 81 Tunney’s Pasture Station 3:39pm to Merivale/Kimway 4:10pm

· Route # 81 Tunney’s Pasture Station 4:34pm to Merivale/Kimway 5:05pm

· Route # 81 Merivale/Kimway 5:06pm to Tunney’s Pasture Station 5:53pm

· Route # 83 Tunney’s Pasture Station 5:59pm to Viewmount/Grand Carman 6:24pm

OC Transpo is identifying vehicles and facilities that may require additional cleaning over and above our enhanced cleaning process.

OC Transpo has put in place the Transit Service Recovery Plan to help make transit safer for customers and employees. This includes making masks mandatory for employees and customers, implementing a soft barrier around the bus driver, and increasing service levels on the system.

If customers have concerns about exposure, they can contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 to speak to a public health nurse or visit ottawapublichealth.ca.

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