TTC employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) says one of its employees — not a front-line worker — has tested positive for COVID-19.

The TTC said the worker is from its Duncan Shop, where heavy bus overhauls and rebuilds are carried out.

Around 130 to 170 employees will be forced into self-isolation as per protocol, the agency said.

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“Late yesterday (March 18), we learned that one of our employees at Duncan Shop has tested positive for COVID-19,” TTC CEO Rick Leary told employees in a letter.

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

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Leary said that out of an abundance of caution, all impacted shop employees are asked to self-isolate until March 25 and can return the following day, 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 added. “This complements the increased cleaning and disinfection measures we have in place across our vehicles, stations and workplaces.”

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