Over 300 TTC employees have now tested positive for COVID-19

Dec 26 2020, 6:09 pm

A total of 302 TTC employees have now tested positive for COVID-19, with 103 staff in isolation, the transit commission confirms.

However, 237 of the staff have returned to work.

According to the TTC, since November 23, 106 more staff have 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. TTC employees are also required to call the transit system’s Occupational Health and Safety Department.

Since November 23 Toronto has been in a lockdown, with the TTC still mandating a mandatory mask policy.

Vending machines selling personal protective equipment (PPE) were also installed in November, in the busiest stations to help customers.
And for the holidays the TTC will not be providing free rides on New Year’s Eve—to discourage parties and large gatherings due to COVID-19.

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