City con­firms COVID-19 case at Ben Franklin Place ser­vice desk

Ottawa Citizen - - City - BLAIR CRAW­FORD

The build­ing-code ser­vices counter at Ben Franklin Place has been closed and sev­eral staff have been told to self-iso­late for 14 days after a front-counter ser­vice worker tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

The city re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion of the pos­i­tive test on Tues­day, and Ot­tawa Pub­lic Health is following up with any­one who may have been in close con­tact with the worker, the city said. The per­son last worked on the desk on July 31 and is now in self-iso­la­tion.

The ser­vice desk in Ben Franklin Place at 101 Cen­tre­pointe Dr. is closed un­til fur­ther no­tice, said the memo, which was sent Tues­day af­ter­noon to the mayor, mem­bers of coun­cil and the media by Steve Wil­lis, gen­eral man­ager of planning, in­fra­struc­ture and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“We have con­tin­gency plans for this po­ten­tial event and have closely fol­lowed OPH’s rec­om­men­da­tions to en­sure a safe work­ing en­vi­ron­ment that con­trols risk and is as safe as pos­si­ble,” Wil­lis’s memo said.

“Health and safety are our top pri­or­ity and we have en­sured strin­gent safety mea­sures are in place, in­clud­ing ac­tive self-screen­ing of staff, smaller groups, en­hanced health and safety mea­sures, phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing mea­sures as well as en­hanced clean­ing and dis­in­fec­tion of work spaces. We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion and fol­low the rec­om­men­da­tions of OPH to en­sure our ser­vices are of­fered in the safest pos­si­ble way.”

Tues­day’s an­nounce­ment came on a day the city re­ported just one new case of COVID-19.

Ot­tawa Pub­lic Health said 12 COVID-19 pa­tients were in hos­pi­tal, with two in ICU.

No new deaths or out­breaks of the virus in local institutio­ns were recorded in the last day. bcraw­

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