3 workers at Eglinton LRT construction site test positive for coronavirus

Mar 25 2020, 12:36 pm

Three workers at an Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction site have tested positive for COVID-19.

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, told Daily Hive on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately three of our workers at our West Portal site — east of Black Creek and Eglinton — have tested positive for COVID-19,” she said.

Crosslinx is in communication with Toronto Public Health and is following their recommendation.

The transit consortium is notifying any individuals who may have been in contact with the workers and providing them with information from Toronto Public Health.

Jenkins said the site has been closed for deep cleaning and the three workers will be in self-isolation for 14 days.

“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.