Toronto bus operator learned of positive COVID-19 result the day he was working

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A Toronto bus operator walked into work for an hour on Wednesday and tested positive for COVID-19 the same day.

The news was confirmed Wednesday evening by the union representing nearly 12,000 transit workers in Toronto and York Region.

“Today we received unfortunate news that a member of ATU Local 113, a bus operator in the Arrow Road Division, has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19),” said the ATU Local 113 president Carlos Santos in a statement.

“I spoke with the member who is recovering at home. On behalf of all members of ATU Local 113, we wish them a speedy and full recovery. ”

The employee’s last shift was on September 23 from 10:15 am to 11:15 am The union said it received a positive test result the same day.

It is not clear when the employee was diagnosed.

A spokesperson for the Toronto Transit Commission said the agency was cooperating with Toronto Public Health. They did not say which road the employee was working on, before the test result, or the day he was diagnosed.

“(Public health) will determine next steps with respect to potential risk or exposure as well as advice for any known contact,” spokesman Stuart Green said in a statement.

Green said he could not provide further details due to “confidentiality and personnel issues.” However, he stressed that employees should self-isolate if they wait for results after being tested for COVID-19 because they are showing symptoms, have been in close contact with a person positive for COVID-19 or have been contacted by health officials.

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