Metrolinx COVID-19 update for March 5, 2021 – Cases reported after three-week lull

Since the pandemic began almost a year ago in March 2020, Metrolinx has kept customers and communities updated when it comes to both the efforts to limit the spread of the virus and the number of staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, including any efforts to support public health officials in contact tracing.

After three weeks of no new staff cases, Metrolinx has had three additional staff who have tested positive for the virus. None of the staff exposed any customers or staff as they were either working from home or on leave.

The total number of Metrolinx staff testing positive is now 80 out of over 4,300 employees – and remains less than 2 per cent of the workforce. Approximately half of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 were working from home.

Officers look down the platform.
Transit Safety Constables North and Nichols look down the platform as a GO train pulls away in this file photo. (Matt Llewellyn photo)

Metrolinx safety protocols such as mandatory masks, additional PPE for staff (we’ve distributed over 70,000 face coverings to date), employee health checks before they enter the workplace, upgraded ventilation and sanitization, along with thousands of plexiglasses barriers between seats on trains and buses have together helped limit the spread of the virus.

Customers have also listened to the advice of public health and stayed home whenever possible. All these efforts have helped to ensure there have been no outbreaks related to trains, buses or stations.

There’s also progress being made – Toronto and Peel both heard today (March 5) that the stay-at-home order was lifted as of Monday. All the efforts are paying off and have helped to ensure there have been no outbreaks related to trains, buses or stations.

But it remains essential that we stay focused on the basics from public health:

  • Monitor your health and stay home if ill or potentially exposed to COVID-19
  • Wear a face covering and ensure both the nose and mouth is covered at all times (Check out the Metrolinx PPE dispensers and branded masks)
  • Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer
  • Download the COVID Alert App so you can alert others if you test positive.

Story by Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx senior manager of media.