Contractor at Carling Family Shelter tests positive for COVID-19

Risk to staff and residents is considered low, and families are not required to self-isolate, a City of Ottawa statement said Saturday.

OTTAWA- May 14, 2020 - Ottawa City Hall, May 14, 2020 Photo by Jean Levac/Postmedia News assignment 133846 Covid

A worker with a contracted service at the Carling Family Shelter has tested positive for COVID-19.

The worker was last at the site on Sept. 12, a statement from Donna Gray, the City of Ottawa’s manager of community and social services, said Saturday.

Onsite staff have been advised of the situation and contact tracing has been conducted by Ottawa Public Health, which also conducted an on-site visit, Gray said.

Although there was no evidence of transmission within the home, a suspected outbreak was declared. Risk to staff and residents is considered low, and families are not required to self-isolate, the statement said.

It added that families had been notified and given information on measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19, and Level 3 surgical masks had been distributed to families and staff.

Other measures include requiring that residents wear masks in areas where physical distancing is not possible. Only essential visitors are permitted to visit.

Families had been moved to hotels and motels at the beginning of the pandemic to allow for physical distancing. There are currently 15 families in the shelter at 2980 Carling Ave., which has a capacity for 44 families.

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