Throughout the pandemic, the transit agency has constantly updated the public on any new cases of the virus.
Metrolinx has been informed a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. In the past two weeks, the staff member was in the office once, very briefly on October 21, and appears to have contracted the virus from outside the work location.
The staff member, who has no contact with transit customers, followed all safety protocols: passed through health screening, wore their face covering and kept their distance when in the office or out in the field.
Out of over 4,300 Metrolinx employees, 18 have tested positive for COVID-19 and all have recovered or are recovering at home. All those employees appear to have contracted the virus outside of work, which reinforces that safety is critical while at work and outside of work.
As a reminder, it is mandatory for all Metrolinx employees and customers to wear face coverings while on transit or in stations to protect those around them. This along with over 40 other safety actions has helped prevent outbreaks on our system and in work locations.
All staff and customers are asked to remember the basics from public health:
- Stay home and off transit if you are ill
- Wear your face covering and ensure you keep both your nose and mouth covered (we’ve got popular branded masks)
- Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer found on buses, trains and in stations when you can’t
- Download the COVID Alert App which has already helped some of our staff receive early notifications of exposures and potentially limit the spread. The app has been pushed out to all Metrolinx phones.
Story by Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx senior manager of media.