Third Barrie Transit driver tests positive for COVID-19

City says health unit doesn't believe this to be a workplace outbreak at this time

City officials say they were notified Wednesday that another Barrie Transit driver has received a positive COVID-19 test result. The driver is following public health directions and is isolating.

The city reported on Friday that a driver had tested positive for the virus and a positive test for a second driver was confirmed at the weekend.

“The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit continues to advise that they do not consider this to be a workplace outbreak at this time,” according to a media release from the City of Barrie.

In the release, the city said all buses are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after service each day and receive additional mid-day sanitization to further improve safety measures.

“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 driver 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