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Public health warns of ‘low risk exposure’ to COVID-19 on Kingston Transit bus

The Kingston-area public health unit says there is a possible 'low risk exposure' of COVID-19 on for those who took route 1 on a city bus between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23.
The Kingston-area public health unit says there is a possible 'low risk exposure' of COVID-19 on for those who took route 1 on a city bus between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23. Global Kingston

KFL&A Public Health is warning of a possible exposure to COVID-19 on a Kingston Transit bus.

According to the health unit, a frequent rider of a Kingston city bus has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The health unit say contact tracers are not able to trace every person who might have shared a bus with this person, and is therefore notifying the public of the possible exposure.

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The person took the following trips on Kingston Transit bus route 1 over the following days:

  • Oct. 20: a northbound trip from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and a southbound trip from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 21: a northbound trip from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and a southbound trip from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 22: a northbound trip from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a southbound trip from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m
  • Oct. 23: a northbound trip from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and a southbound trip from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m

Despite the possible risk of exposure, the health unit says the person wore a face covering while they were on the bus, and also said, since face coverings are mandatory while taking public transit, it’s most likely other passengers did as well. KFL&A Public Health says the risk of exposure is low.

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Nevertheless, the health unit is asking anyone who took the route 1 on the above-mentioned dates to monitor themselves for new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 until Nov. 6, and to be tested if they appear.

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