Public health indicates COVID-19 case at Burnside garage carries ‘no risk’ to public

The president of the union representing Halifax Transit workers says the public should have been made aware of a maintenance worker testing positive for COVID-19 before buses were back on the road.

Ken Wilson, president of the Halifax Transit union, says he learned at 10 p.m. Wednesday that a bus maintenance worker was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Wilson was told the transit service would be shutting down its Burnside maintenance facility immediately for deep cleaning.

“As far as operations was concerned at 11:30 last night, buses and operators were safe to continue on this morning,” Wilson said.

According to a notice sent to Halifax Transit staff from director Dave Reage, the agency learned of the positive case on Wednesday. All maintenance staff on the evening shift were sent home, while staff scheduled to work Thursday morning were told not to come in.

“Thorough disinfection of the Burnside Maintenance Department workspace is currently underway, with a particular focus on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, work surfaces, tools, etc.,” Reage said in the notice.

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