110 TTC employees have now tested positive for coronavirus

Oct 16 2020, 7:47 pm

A total of 110 TTC employees have now tested positive for COVID-19, with 77 staff in isolation, the transit commission confirms.

But, 82 of the staff have returned to work.

According to the transit union, ATU Local 113, three bus operators at Arrow Road Division tested positive, with one’s last shift being September 29, another being October 8, and the third being October 3.

And two bus operators at Wilson Division tested positive with one getting their result on October 13, and the other receiving it on October 15.

Another employee is a building service person in the stations department whose last shift was on October 5, a Transdev bus operator in York Region who last worked October 8, a a subway operator out of Danforth division who also last worked October 8, and a bus operator out of Eglinton division who last worked October 13.

In addition, the TTC said, a plant maintenance employee at Hillcrest, a member of the ATC Project Group and a subway operator at YUS Subway also contracted the virus.

The transit commission said 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 action.

“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 ongoing 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 healthcare provider, and for TTC employees to call the transit system’s Occupational Health and Safety Department.

There has been a rise in coronavirus cases recently in Toronto, with more people returning to work and schools restarting.

On Thursday, the transit commission said it’s bringing the remainder of its temporarily laid off employees back to work starting the first week of November.

The move will help meet service demands and accommodate the new cohort of high school students starting in-person classes on November 12.

In total, 179 furloughed employees will return to work next month, including 97 bus drivers.

The news comes after a TTC rider was told physical distancing could no longer happen on buses and if the vehicle was too crowded, they should get off and wait for a less busy bus.

Since July 2, it has been mandatory for all transit riders to wear a face mask or covering on all TTC vehicles.

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