VIA Rail employee tests positive for coronavirus

Apr 28 2020, 6:52 am

VIA Rail Canada is informing its staff and passengers that a Montreal employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, April 27.

The employee was working at the Montreal Central Station’s service centre. He had not been at work since Sunday, April 26, the day he started to develop symptoms, according to a news release shared with Daily Hive.

VIA Rail says it took immediate appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of its staff and customers.

The rail transit company says it has informed employees, who might have been in direct or indirect contact with their colleague, of the situation and will “remain in communication wth them” in the coming days.

Passengers that took trains 63 and 22 on the morning of April 21 and April 26 were informed although the company says the employee’s work was limited to “carrying material on board” and was not in contact with passengers at “any point.”

“In accordance with the guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada, we conduct strict and regular cleaning on board our trains, in our stations and in our call centres and our hygiene protocols include the use of cleaning products approved by Health Canada that have proven to be effective against COVID-19,” says VIA Rail.

The company says the employee’s work environment has been closed for a complete disinfection.

VIA Rail says it is providing all the “support he needs to recover in the best possible conditions.”