Metrolinx reports first staff COVID case after two month lull

Throughout the pandemic, the transit agency has constantly updated the public on any new cases of the virus among its employees. Here’s the latest results.

September 2, 2020 – After nearly two months without a positive test result, Metrolinx has been informed that an employee working out of the East Gwillimbury Garage has unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19. All indications are our employee contracted the virus from outside the work location. They are now recovering at home and are receiving support from Metrolinx officials and fellow employees.

Most staff are health screened before entering the workplace and this employee was screened out and has not been at work since August 29. While at work, all employees wear proper PPE, such as face coverings and face shields, as well as gloves, keep a safe distance from staff and customers, and maintain proper disinfection procedures. Although the risk to customers is extremely low, we are informing the public out of an abundance of caution.

It is mandatory for all Metrolinx employees and customers to wear face coverings to protect those around them.  This has helped keep our positive cases during the pandemic very low and a good reminder of the importance of wearing face coverings throughout your entire journey – from station, to platform, to bus and train.  Out of a workforce of approximately 4,300 staff, this is the 11th Metrolinx employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. Early on in the pandemic before everyone was being tested, four other staff were considered probable cases

Story by Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx senior manager of media