Ottawa Public Well being is investigating after an individual with COVID-19 took a ride-share from Toronto to Ottawa, probably exposing 5 different passengers and the motive force to the novel coronavirus.
In a information launch issued Tuesday, the general public well being unit mentioned the hours-long journey from a non-public ride-sharing service started at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto at round 1 p.m. on February 16 and arrived in Ottawa at round 6 p.m.
“Ottawa Public Well being can affirm this was not a journey supplied by way of an app-based service similar to Lyft or Uber. This was a non-public rideshare service marketed on Kijiji,” the general public well being unit mentioned in an announcement supplied to CTV Information Ottawa.
The car, which has been described as a white van, made stops on the Bayshore Procuring Centre, the CF Rideau Centre, and the St. Laurent Procuring Centre.
Public well being officers say they consider the one that examined optimistic for COVID-19 was contagious in the course of the journey and employees are attempting to trace down the opposite individuals who had been within the car that day.
“Ottawa Public Well being is seeking to contact the six people who ought to instantly self-isolate,” the information launch learn.
The passengers are additionally being suggested to achieve out to Ottawa Public Well being and prepare to be examined for COVID-19.
Public well being officers didn’t say whether or not the one that examined optimistic for the virus was symptomatic on the time.
“Ottawa Public Well being recommends journey by automobile solely with individuals in your individual family,” the information launch continued.
“If travelling with others outdoors of your individual family, put on a masks, keep away from any shared meals or drinks, and keep away from automobile journey with others in the event you’re sick.”
-With recordsdata from CTV Information Ottawa’s Ted Raymond
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