Over 70 TTC employees have now tested positive for coronavirus

Aug 12 2020, 8:11 am

A total of 71 TTC employees have now tested positive for COVID-19, with 68 staff in isolation, the transit commission confirmed.

According to the transit union, ATU Local 113, one of the latest known cases includes a bus operator from the Arrow Road Division, who was tested on Thursday, August 6 and received a positive test result a day later.

And, the TTC identified the other recent case as a bus operator from Malvern.

The TTC said it has strict protocols in place for when an employee tests positive.

According to the transit commission, once they are notified of a positive diagnosis, they “immediately” engage with Toronto Public Health to investigate and decide on the next steps, including notifying those who may need to take additional actions.

“At every location, we take action to ensure enhanced cleaning measures as recommended by public health officials, such as additional surface cleaning in frequently accessed areas, are undertaken as soon as possible,” the TTC said.

As there is community spread of coronavirus in the city, Toronto Public Health is asking all individuals who have symptoms to self-isolate at home for 14 days from when the symptoms begin and to call Telehealth Ontario, their local public health department or health care provider, and for TTC employees to call the transit system’s Occupational Health and Safety Department.

To date, of the 71 employees to test positive for the virus, 60 employees have recovered and returned to work.

And since July 2, it became mandatory for transit riders to wear a face mask or covering on all TTC vehicles.

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