Public advised of potential COVID-19 exposure on Winnipeg Transit
Released: 1:47 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living has indicated of a potential COVID-19 exposure on Winnipeg Transit on Tuesday, October 20.
A passenger rode route 77, boarding at Mandalay Drive and Mapleton Drive at approximately 11 a.m. and exiting at CF Polo Park at 11:40 a.m.
Whenever Winnipeg Transit is made aware of a potential COVID-19 exposure, scheduling information is cross-referenced, and any operators identified to have been driving potentially affected buses are notified so appropriate follow-up measures can be taken.
Residents are reminded that if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, they are advised to visit a testing site as soon as possible. Those who have concerns about symptoms or who are unsure whether they should be tested can call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257. For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, visit: manitoba.ca/covid19.
Winnipeg Transit began requiring the use of masks that cover the mouth, nose and chin on buses and in Transit Plus vehicles on August 29, 2020, in addition to other measures brought in as part of our ongoing commitment to protect the health and safety of passengers and staff.
These measures include an enhanced sanitization program that sees all buses treated with a hospital grade sanitizer at least once every 48 hours, using electrostatic sprayers aimed primarily at high-touch point areas. You can learn more about the cleaning procedure in this video.
Passengers are reminded of their role in safe Transit use, and asked to follow these guidelines:
- Maintain a reasonable separation between yourself and others.
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands before and after riding transit and refraining from touching your face.
- Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin at all times.
- Be kind to others who may not be able to wear a non-medical mask.
- Exit at the rear door if you are able in order to reduce crowding. Passengers who need to exit using the front door, such as wheelchair users, can still do so.
- Consider riding in off-peak hours if possible to help make sure there’s space for everyone who needs it.
- Don’t board buses that don’t have enough room for you to keep a distance between yourself and others.
- Our operators are covered by shields that are to remain fully deployed at all times to stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask our passengers to stay back from the shield and to move away from the operator once fare is paid.
- If you are sick; follow advice to isolate and do not take public transit.
Passengers are also reminded that single-use masks are available at Winnipeg Transit Customer Service Centres as part of our efforts to educate the public on the mask requirement. More information about how to wear a mask safely and our ongoing efforts to keep Transit safe is available on the Winnipeg Transit Response to COVID-19 page.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on College Avenue
Released: 9:04 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 6:45 p.m. on October 28, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a one-and-a-half storey house in the 600 block of College Avenue.
When crews arrived, they encountered smoke coming from the structure. With high heat conditions present, firefighters deployed a Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool – an aerosol device which helps to knock down fires, significantly reduce temperatures and prevent flashovers, allowing safer access. Following the use of the device, crews launched an offensive attack and declared the fire under control at 7:13 p.m.
All occupants of the house self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. They were assessed by on-scene paramedics but did not require transport to hospital. No other injuries were reported. Crews located and brought a snake in an aquarium to safety.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are currently available.
The WFPS is currently undertaking a pilot project to evaluate the effectiveness of the Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool (FST). When deployed, the FST can reduce temperatures and disrupt fire propagation in a confined space, resulting in safer conditions for occupants and firefighters, as well as reducing water use and overall damage.
The tool is activated manually by pulling a pin which activates an electronic ignition system. An aerosol mist is generated which expands to flood the space and suppress flames within seconds.
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