Carling Family Shelter entrepreneur tests positive for COVID-19

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

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

Staff on site were made aware of the situation and contact tracing was carried out by Ottawa Public Health, which also carried out an on-site visit, Gray said.

Although there has been no evidence of home transmission, a suspected outbreak has been reported. The risk to staff and residents is considered low and families are not required to self-isolate, the statement said.

He added that families have been notified and received information on measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19, and level 3 surgical masks have been distributed to families and staff.

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

Families had been moved to hotels and motels at the start of the pandemic to allow physical distancing. There are currently 15 families in the shelter at 2980 Carling Avenue, which can accommodate 44 families.

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