OC Transpo Rte 61 and 62 bus operator tests positive for COVID-19

An OC Transpo Operator who drove Routes 61 and 62 to the Cardel Recreation Complex-Goulbourn has tested positive for COVID-19. Their last day of work was April 8. The employee has been self-isolating since that time. To protect the privacy of the individual, their name will not be released.

OC Transpo 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. In this case OPH has advised that the key dates are the 48-hour period prior to the onset of symptoms which are April 7, 8 and 9. OPH is following up with family and friends who may have been in close contact with the employee during these key dates and are contacting employees who may have come into close contact as well.

On April 7, 2021, the employee operated bus #6597 that serviced Stittsville as listed below:

Route # 7 St. Laurent Station 2:10 pm to Carleton University 3:18 pm
Route # 111 Carleton University 3:41 pm to Baseline Station 4:29 pm
Route # 61 Tunney’s Pasture Station 4:44 to Cardel Recreation Centre 5:38 pm
Route # 61 Cardel Recreation Centre 5:56 pm to Tunney’s Pasture Station 6:59 pm
Route # 62 Tunney’s Pasture Station 7:08 pm to Cardel Recreation Centre 8:02 pm

Route # 7 Carleton University 8:39 pm to St. Laurent Station 9:44 pm

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.


2 thoughts on “OC Transpo Rte 61 and 62 bus operator tests positive for COVID-19”

  1. Hello! Thanks for keeping us posted. People, please wear masks and keep your distance, because if you have had this virus once, this does not mean that you can no longer be infected with it. An employee, like me, had the first COVID illness in November, quite easily, like a cold, without a sense of taste and smell. Now, for the second time, she has a very hard time, with a high fever and a cough, she feels very unwell, she even lost consciousness, and her mother’s temperature began to drop only on the 9th day… So yes, you can get sick a second time soon enough, and the symptoms may not be easier, but vice versa. Whoever says what, but they do not get sick with the usual flu again in three months, as now they went to the second round with COVID…

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