Second COVID-19 case reported on Brampton transit

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The City of Brampton has issued a statement regarding the second confirmed COVID-19 case on Brampton Transit.

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, the City of Brampton was made aware that a Transit Operator from its Sandalwood facility tested positive for COVID-19, making it Brampton Transit's second confirmed case.

The first case reported on Brampton Transit took place on Monday, March 23.

Currently, the City's top priority is providing support to this individual and their family as well as continuing to help protect the health and safety of their employees, customers and the overall community.

Along with Peel Public Health, the City determined the next steps as soon as they were informed.

It has been identified that the operator worked routes 2 Main, 501 Zum Queen and 505 Zum Bovaird on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Peel Public Health is reaching out directly to people who have been in close contact with this Operator.

The contacted relevant people will receive advice from Public Health on the next steps, including the direction to self-isolate for 14 days from their exposure and monitor for symptoms. 

People who travelled on the buses in review on the above days who are feeling well, with no symptoms, should continue to go about their daily routines and not call Public Health.

However, if you develop symptoms, please call Public Health and if you require emergency medical assistance, please call 911.

Peel Public Health has also indicated that there is no additional risk on a Transit bus than there would be in the general community.

The City assures the community that it will continue to take every necessary step to help protect employees, customers and the community against the spread of COVID-19.

An enhanced cleaning and disinfecting schedule remains in effect.

At this time, bus sanitizing is occurring every 24 hours.

Facilities and terminal lunchrooms, tables, counters and door handles are cleaned and disinfected twice a day. 

To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the community, Brampton Transit has implemented certain measures.

Busloads will now be limited to half seated capacity to support social distancing practices such as rear-door boarding with no fare payment in effect, placing a plastic chain-like barrier to provide space between operators and passengers to allow those with mobility devices to continue to load through the front doors.

Seats are identified with yellow tape and passengers are asked to not sit in these seats.

On busier routes, articulated buses will be put in place to assist with passengers' ability to maintain social distancing while on board. This means that Zum articulated buses may be seen on regular routes, so it is important to pay attention to the destination signs on the buses. 

Riders are also encouraged to carry their own personal disinfectant when travelling, such as hand sanitizer or wipes, and wash their hands often.

The City of Brampton is working closely with its partners at Peel Public Health and the Brampton Emergency Measures Office to continue to monitor risks.

For more information and regular updates, visit www.brampton.ca/covid19 or bramptontransit.com

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