A GO bus transit driver has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from Metrolinx.
The statement reported that the employee last worked on October 31 and did not come in contact with any GO customers, except for one trip that left Yorkdale for Oshawa at 7:50 pm that evening.
As a precaution, we are letting the public know an @GOTransitbus bus driver has tested positive for C0VID-19. They last worked Oct. 31 and had no contact with customers except for one 7:50 p.m. Yorkdale – Oshawa GO Station trip. We all wish them a speedy recovery. 1/2
— GO Transit (@GOtransit) November 4, 2020
“Out of over 4,300 Metrolinx employees, 22 have tested positive for COVID-19. All appear to have contracted the virus outside of the workplace and not while taking transit or at a worksite. Metrolinx safety protocols have helped stop the spread,” said Anne Marie Aikins, Metrolinx senior manager of media relations on their website.
All GO Transit staff are required to wear personal protective equipment while at work, and the bus drivers sit behind a protective barrier while operating the vehicles. As the result of these preventative measures, the risk to GO Transit customers is low.
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Metrolinx is asking all of its customers to wear a face covering that goes over their mouth and nose, and to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer regularly while using their services to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Metrolinx is also selling their own branded face masks for $7.50 at York Concourse Hall at Union Station, and UP Express service counters. $2 from every mask sale will be given to the United Way.
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