Baggage handlers at YVR test positive for COVID-19

Dec 13 2020, 11:20 pm

Several baggage handlers at Vancouver International Airport have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Aviation confirmed to Daily Hive that multiple employees had contracted the virus.

“We have made contact with all affected team members and are learning that everyone is experiencing either no or mild symptoms and are isolating under self care,” Michael Hough said.

“We look forward to their quick recovery and return.”

To limit further spread of COVID-19 in employees, Strategic Aviation has been increasing sanitization efforts throughout the workplace, Hough said.

He says the company has implemented a number of health and safety measures since the start of the pandemic, including mandating masks while employees are indoors or within six feet of each other.

Employees’ temperature is checked at the start of each shift, and they are encouraged to stay home if they feel unwell.

“Our measures were evaluated today by health authorities and found to be comprehensive and appropriate,” Hough said.

The Vancouver Airport Authority said it was working closely with Strategic Aviation to ensure they are in regular contact with Vancouver Coastal Health, and that they are following “stringent” occupational health and safety protocols.

“Vancouver Coastal Health has confirmed that there is no outbreak declared at YVR and that there is no risk to the public or other airport workers as a result of these cases,” the airport authority said.

Daily Hive has reached out to Vancouver Coastal Health for a comment.

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