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121 Canada Post employees at Mississauga facility tested positive for COVID-19 since Jan. 1

Last Updated Jan 20, 2021 at 4:30 pm EST

A Canada Post van. Image courtesy Joseph Fazio.

Canada Post says 121 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at their Mississauga facility since the start of the year.

Spokesman Phil Legault says Peel Public Health has directed the postal agency to test one shift of employees at the Gateway East facility in Mississauga and that on-site testing began on Tuesday.

He says on-site testing is also offered to other employees at the facility on a voluntary basis.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Canada Post has followed the guidance of public health authorities to implement rigorous measures to keep its employees safe,” Legault said in a statement.

“In the meantime, Public Health has confirmed that Canada Post is able to maintain its operations. Any employees who do test positive will leave the workplace and self-isolate,” Legault added.

Peel Public Health defines a workplace outbreak as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases with an epidemiological link to the specific workplace.

As of January 15, Peel Public Health is reporting 204 active workplace and facility COVID-19 outbreaks, with 81 (39.7 per cent) classified as manufacturing and industrial.

Specifically in Mississauga, there are currently 122 workplace and facility outbreaks, with 50 confirmed as manufacturing and industrial.