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TTC Wheel-Trans operator tests positive for coronavirus

Last Updated Mar 27, 2020 at 4:55 pm EDT

A Wheel-Trans vehicle passes through an intersection in Toronto in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS/Hugues Cormier

The TTC says one of its Wheel-Trans operators has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the third TTC employee to test positive so far.

The TTC adds that the employee has a travel history and last worked on March 12. He began showing symptoms on March 17.

“This means he did not work in the 48 hours prior to showing symptoms,” the TTC said in a release.

The TTC says it contacted Toronto Public Health and “they have determined there is no increased risk of exposure to other employees or customers.”

Last Thursday the TTC announced its first positive case in an employee after a mechanic tested positive.

TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said the worker “does not work on frontline service maintenance.” He works at the Duncan Shop, where bus rebuilds and overhauls take place.

In a letter sent out to employees last Thursday, TTC CEO Rick Leary said: “The employee worked one shift on March 11 after returning from travel and was sent home sick. They have not returned to work since.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have asked all impacted shop employees to self-isolate until March 25, and return to work on March 26 if they have no symptoms.”

On Tuesday, the TTC said a subway operator also tested positive for the virus.

ATU Local 113, the union representing TTC workers, said the operator works at the Wilson division.

The operator felt unwell shortly after their shift began on Line 1 at 5:30 a.m. on March 16 and has not returned to duty since then.

A statement from the TTC said Toronto Public Health has assured them there is no increased risk to customers or other employees, but a small number of employees who had casual contact with the operator have been asked to self-monitor for symptoms.