COVID-19 in Ottawa: Fast facts for Sept. 12, 2020
School buses are parked in Wingham, Ont. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Scott Miller / CTV News)
OTTAWA -- Here is the latest news on COVID-19 and its impact on Ottawa.
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More than 2,300 Ottawa students won’t be taking their regular school buses on Monday due to a “severe driver shortage.”
The shortage amounts to more than 100 drivers out of 555 yellow bus routes, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority said in a presentation Friday.
“We’re sort of deeply horrified by the situation that we’re in, but it can’t be helped,” OSTA general manager Vicky Kyriaco said Friday.
OSTA says 30 routes have been cancelled for Monday, the day school bus service is set to resume. Forty-five schools are affected by the cancellations.
Ottawa recorded 37 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, according to public health officials.
The total is the highest number of new lab-confirmed cases since mid-July. The city recorded 43 new cases on July 21.
Ontario recorded 213 cases on Friday, the first time the number exceeded 200 in nearly two months.
A staff member at a sixth Ottawa school has tested positive for COVID-19, according to provincial health authorities.
A staff member at École secondaire publique De La Salle in Lowertown has tested positive for COVID-19.
Provincial reporting shows Ottawa has the most school-related cases of any region in the province.
Ottawa Public Health has some new tips on how to tackle the stigma and prejudice that can happen during a pandemic.
The health unit released a new position statement with some recommended language and other suggestions to get through this together without stigmatizing each other.