Two VIA Rail employees from Montreal test positive for COVID-19

Apr 6 2020, 6:42 am

VIA Rail Canada is informing the public that two of its Montreal employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

One employee was working on board trains in the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, while the other was working at the ticket office at Central station in Montreal.

Both employees have not been working since March 15 and March 22 and they started to develop symptoms while they were at home.

According to a release by VIA Rail, to ensure the health and safety of its employees and clients, the company has taken the immediate appropriate measures:

  • Informed employees, that might have been in direct or indirect contact with their colleagues, of the situation and is remaining in communication with them. So far, the company says none have shown any symptoms.
  • Passengers that might have been in direct or indirect contact with the ticket agent have been contacted, although our employee did not have any symptoms at the time.
  • Passengers that took trains 61-44-643-68 on March 14 and 15 were informed, although the employee is said not to have any symptoms at the time.
  • In the last few weeks, Via Rail says it has deployed measures to ensure physical distancing in its stations and on board trains.
  • In accordance with the guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the company is conducting strict and regular cleaning on board trains and in stations. This includes the use of cleaning products approved by Health Canada that have proven to be effective against coronavirus.

VIA Rail says it is “adjusting its operations” during the pandemic and has deployed a strict protocol of sanitary measures on board, at stations, call centres, and maintenance areas to minimize the spread of the virus.

“We continue to monitor the developments of COVID-19 and we remain in close contact with public health agencies and the federal and provincial governments,” concluded the company.