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TTC subway operator, Brampton Transit bus driver tests positive for coronavirus

Last Updated Mar 25, 2020 at 8:45 am EST

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP)

TTC spokesman Stuart Green confirmed to CityNews that the operator's test came back positive on Monday.

The Brampton driver worked on these routes March 10-13: 11 Steeles, 51 Hereford, 53 Ray Lawson, and 57 Charolais.

A TTC subway operator and a Brampton Transit bus driver have both tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In Toronto, TTC spokesman Stuart Green confirmed to CityNews that the operator’s test came back positive on Monday.

ATU Local 113, the union representing TTC workers, said the operator works at the Wilson division and has not been at work for over a week.

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.

Meanwhile, in Brampton, city officials said the bus driver tested positive late Tuesday evening and is the transit agency’s first case.

The driver is self-isolating at home.

“As soon as the City was informed last night, staff immediately contacted Peel Public Health and have been in contact with them since. Public Health is reaching out directly out to employees who have been in close contact with this operator,” a release from the City of Brampton said.

The driver worked on the following routes March 10-13: 11 Steeles, 51 Hereford, 53 Ray Lawson, and 57 Charolais.

“People on the buses in review on the above days who are feeling well, with no symptoms, should continue to go about their daily routines and not call Public Health. If you develop symptoms, please call Peel Public Health. If you require emergency medical assistance, please call 911.”

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