4th worker at Eglinton LRT construction site tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 27 2020, 12:01 pm

Another worker at the Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction site has tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier this week, three other workers from the same construction site tested positive, but two of the cases are still presumptive and are waiting for confirmation from a national lab in Winnipeg.

Kristin Jenkins, communications director from Crosslinx Transit Solutions, confirmed to Daily Hive of the fourth case was on the same team as the other workers who tested positive.

The construction workers are at the West Portal site — east of Black Creek and Eglinton.

Crosslinx is taking advice from Toronto Public Health and are notifying everyone who may have been in contact with the worker and telling them what they need to do based on what Toronto Public Health advice.

Jenkins said, anyone who was in contact with the four workers is being asked to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their last contact.

“At construction sites and in our offices, Crosslinx is promoting and enabling frequent handwashing and social distancing. We have stepped up our regular cleaning in common areas. Where possible, people are working from home,” Jenkins said.

Crosslinx has also stopped allowing visitors on their sites and any work breaks are being staggered to maintain physical distancing.

Jenkins also noted that hand washing and physical distancing information is “prominently posted at all of our sites and offices.”

On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford deemed construction sites an essential business, but said he won’t hesitate to shut them down if the industry does not take the necessary precautions to keep workers safe.

The Eglinton LRT has now been under construction since 2011 with an expected finish date sometime in 2022.

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