TTC employee tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 19 2020, 5:46 am

A TTC mechanic is the transit agency’s first confirmed case of COVD-19.

According to the TTC, the employee doesn’t work on frontline service maintenance, but approximately 130-170 employees are impacted. They are currently self-isolating.

“Late yesterday, we learned that one of our employees at Duncan Shop has tested positive for COVID-19,” said CEO Rick Leary in a note to employees on Thursday morning.

“The employee worked one shift on March 11 after returning home from travel and was sent home sick. They have not returned to work since.”

Leary said that “out of an abundance of caution” the TTC asked all impacted shop employees to self-isolate until March 25, and return to work on March 26 if they have no symptoms.

“During this time, Duncan Shop will undergo a thorough disinfection, with special attention paid to common high-touch areas,” Leary said.

He said this would compliment the increased cleaning and disinfection measures they already have in place.

“This is an unsettling, unprecedented time at the TTC, but I want to assure you we are doing everything we can to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep you and our customers safe,” said Leary.

On Wednesday afternoon, the TTC said it would be making operational changes to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, one of which was to implement all-door boarding on all its vehicles.

As well, it would allow TTC employees to wear their own masks while working if they choose to do so.