Metrolinx bus driver tests positive for coronavirus

Jun 18 2020, 9:18 am

A Metrolinx bus driver has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Metrolinx, the operator was asymptomatic and wore a face-covering consistently. The bus that they drove was also fitted with a protective barrier.

Due to these safety measures, public health believes that this is a low-risk situation. They also have not asked to speak with customers.

Metrolinx said it has decided to inform the public “out of an abundance of caution.”

The driver drove the early morning routes between Oshawa and Newcastle (Bus 90A) and Oshawa and Finch (96 and 96B).

They were said to have last worked on June 11, but not on June 8, 9, or 10. They have also been in self-isolation since the last shift ended on June 11.

A family member of the operator was said to have tested positive after a routine test and then the driver himself tested positive.

“Out of a workforce of approximately 4,300 staff, this is the eighth Metrolinx employee who has tested positive for COVID-19, along with four other probable cases,” Metrolinx said on its website.

The company also said that all Metrolinx employees wear face masks and have access to a “generous supply” of hand sanitizer.

The bus driver is currently at home recovering.