Border services employee tests positive for coronavirus at Toronto Pearson Airport

Mar 17 2020, 6:58 am

An employee with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has tested positive for COVID-19 at Toronto Pearson Airport.

According to CSBA spokesperson Rebecca Purdy, the employee is in isolation at home.

Purdy did not disclose when the employee was at work, or where exactly.

“Based on all available information and in consultation with Ontario Public Health, it has been determined that there has been no exposure to co-workers or the public while the individual was at work since the individual was asymptomatic during the course of conducting business,” Purdy told Daily Hive, adding that “out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively notified all employees who may have had contact with this individual, while respecting the privacy of the employee, and have taken steps to clean the location where the employee worked.”

Purdy said that employees who may have been in contact with the coronavirus patient have been asked to self-monitor for symptoms and to contact public health for direction.

“On issues concerning health and safety, the CBSA works in close cooperation with Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, its employees and the union to ensure that appropriate measures are in place. The risk of spread of this virus within Canada remains low at this time,” said Purdy on Monday evening.

Canada announced it was closing borders to anyone who isn’t a citizen or permanent resident this week.

Starting Wednesday, most international flights will only be allowed to land at four major airports with Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) being one of them.

As of Tuesday morning, Ontario officially declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak.

As of Monday, there were 177 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ontario, five of which are resolved.