Kingston Transit rider tests positive for COVID-19

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On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, confirmed that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 travelled more than once on a Kingston Transit bus route.

According to KFL&A Public Health, the person travelled on Kingston Transit Bus Route 1 on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20: northbound trip from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and southbound trip from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21: northbound trip from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and southbound trip from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22: northbound trip f4rom 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and southbound trip from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 23: northbound trip from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and southbound trip from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

KFL&A Public Health is unable to identify all riders on the route and has issued this public notice to assist with contact tracing.

“The individual with a COVID-19 infection wore a face covering during all bus trips – and most likely other riders also did, due to the mandatory requirement for face coverings – which can reduce the possibility of infection transmission to others. Kingston Transit continues to adhere to all public health measures and are committed to protecting the health and safety of passengers and staff,” KFL&A Public Health said in a statement.

“This is a low risk of exposure to the public; however, if you travelled on the following route on these dates, monitor yourself for new or worsening signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 until November 6 (14 days after last possible exposure).”

Anyone currently experiencing symptoms is directed to self-isolate immediately and to set up an appointment for testing at the COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre.

Kingstonist will update this article if more information becomes available.

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