Hamilton bus driver tests positive for COVID-19
City says risk to public is 'low'
An HSR bus driver has tested positive for COVID-19.
The city says the risk to the community is "low," but said it's releasing the information "out of an abundance of caution" because the driver works closely with the public.
The staff member last worked on Route #5 Delaware on Sept. 8 and 9 and notified the city they had tested positive over the weekend, according to a media release.
They're now self-isolating at home, along with anyone else they came into contact with.
"The City extends its best wishes to the employee and hopes for a speedy recovery," the release says. "Everyone involved has been very helpful in sharing information which has helped the City respond quickly and thoroughly."
Public health officials are carrying out contact tracing and will be contacting anyone who may have been exposed.
The city says it wanted to immediately inform the public to "ensure broad awareness in the community" because the HSR doesn't collect contact information for its riders.
In order to keep riders and staff safe as ridership continues to ramp up, the HSR says it has installed shields for drivers, implemented touchless PRESTO payment and continues to carry out extra cleaning and sanitizing daily.
The transit provider is also offering free disposable masks at its ticket office on Hunter Street and municipal service centres as well as following the bylaw that requires riders to cover their face.
"As a result of the COVID-19 precautions in place, there has been no impact to HSR operations," the city said. "HSR remains committed to the health and safety of its employees and customers."