On Monday, March 23, the City of Brampton was notified that a Transit Operator from their Clark facility tested positive for COVID-19, making it the first case reported on Brampton Transit.
The operator is now self-isolating at home.
As soon as the City was informed, staff immediately contacted Peel Public Health and have been in contact with them since.
Public Health is reaching out directly out to employees who have been in close contact with this Operator and those who have been contacted will receive advice from Public Health on the next steps, including the direction to self-isolate for 14 days from their exposure and closely monitor for symptoms.
Peel Public Health indicates that there is no additional risk to the riders on the Transit bus than there would be in the general community.
At this time, it has been identified that the operator worked the following routes on March 10, 11, 12, and 13:
• 11 Steeles
• 51 Hereford
• 53 Ray Lawson
• 57 Charolais
Peel Public Health and the City of Brampton are working together to understand detailed timing and are advising people who were on the buses in review on the listed days who are feeling well, with no symptoms, to continue their daily routines and not call Public Health.
If symptoms develop, please call Peel Public Health and if you require emergency medical assistance, please call 911.
The City of Brampton assures the community that it will continue to do everything to help protect the safety of their employees, customers and communities.
An enhanced cleaning and disinfecting schedule remains in effect and it is Brampton Transit’s goal to disinfect all hard surfaces, operator compartments and seats every 48 hours.
Currently, they are disinfecting 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.