Metrolinx has constantly updated incidents where transit staff, and customers, may have tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s the latest.
We have been informed that a Metrolinx bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19.
The last day of work for the driver was October 31 and they had no contact with customers except for one trip leaving at 7:50 p.m. from Yorkdale to Oshawa GO Station. All staff wear PPE at work and the bus operators sit behind a protective barrier therefore the risk to customers is low.
Out of over 4,300 Metrolinx employees, 22 have tested positive for COVID-19. All appear to have contracted the virus outside of the workplace and not while taking transit or at a worksite. Metrolinx safety protocols have helped stop the spread.
As the virus continues to circulate in the community, everyone is reminded of the basics from public health:
- Stay home and off transit if your are ill or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19
- Wear your face covering and ensure you keep both your nose and mouth covered (Metrolinx is raising money for United Way by selling 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 been pushed out to all Metrolinx phones.
Metrolinx has implemented over 40 safety actions to help stop the spread of the virus as safety never stops.
Story by Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx senior manager of media relations.