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Possible exposure to COVID-19 following a rideshare from Toronto to Ottawa

February 23, 2021
Public Health

Ottawa Public Health is investigating a person who tested positive for COVID-19, who travelled from Toronto to Ottawa on February 16 using a private rideshare service during the contagious period. The rideshare included six other individuals including the driver of the vehicle.

As part of the COVID-19 case management and contact tracing process, Ottawa Public Health follows up with close contacts of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. If Ottawa Public Health is unable to identify close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, a public release may be issued to reach those contacts.

Ottawa Public Health is looking to contact the six individuals who should immediately self-isolate and contact Ottawa Public Health by calling 613-580-6744 for further testing.

  • February 16 – White van rideshare departed from Toronto, Yorkdale Shopping Centre around 1:00 pm and arrived in Ottawa around 6 pm making stops to drop off passengers at the Bayshore Shopping Centre, the CF Rideau Centre, and the St. Laurent Shopping Centre.

Ottawa Public Health recommends travel by car only with people in your own household. If travelling with others outside of your own household, wear a mask, avoid any shared food or drinks, and avoid car travel with others if you’re sick.

You can visit to learn more about COVID-19, how you can protect yourself and others, and what to do if you suspect you may be infected with the virus.

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