Second Barrie Transit driver tests positive for COVID-19

Barrie Transit is not aware of any workplace transmission

Another Barrie Transit operator has tested positive for COVID-19.

City officials said they were notified late Saturday afternoon that a driver had received a positive COVID-19 test.

This comes about after the City confirmed a Barrie Transit driver had tested positive for the virus on Friday.

Both drivers are self-isolating. There is no evidence of any workplace transmission in either case.

“All buses are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after service each day and receive additional mid-day sanitization to further improve safety measures,” the City said in a news release.

“Barrie Transit continues to do everything we can to ensure a safe environment for our riders and employees,” said Brent Forsyth, Director of Transit and Parking Strategy. “We wish the affected drivers well and hope they are feeling better soon.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Barrie Transit has taken extra precautions to keep employees and riders safe and continues to follow the direction of the Health Unit. These measures include:

  • plexiglass shield around the driver
  • at least six feet of space between the driver and the first seat on the bus
  • enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles
  • requirement for masks in public areas
  • hand sanitizers on all vehicles
  • capacity limitations to support physical distancing
  • active screening of all employees completed on a daily basis
  • protocols in place that eliminates the requirement for physical contact between drivers and riders