Two more employees have tested positive for coronavirus at the Queenway garage and transit workers they want more done to protect staff.
TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said five people have tested positive at the facility since the start of the outbreak, and that on the advice of Toronto Public Health, maintenance staff at the facility are to stay home until May 1.
He added that the facility will remain open but will get another deep clean.
5 COVID-19 cases at Queensway Garage. As per TPH advice below, maintenance staff to stay home until May 1 to monitor. Garage remains open. Will get another deep clean. Maintenance done by non-union staff for now. Other plans being reviewed. No impact on bus operators or service. pic.twitter.com/lMKPx3XdW5
— TTCStuart (@TTCStuart) April 23, 2020
However, employees told 680 NEWS they want to entire facility shut down to be cleaned.
Last week, the TTC union called for mass testing at the Queensway garage after it said a number of employees had tested positive for COVID-19.
The union also wanted every worker to self-isolate with full pay for the next 14 days or until their have tested negative along with a deep cleaning of the Queensway facilities.
That call came just days after 38 TTC bus drivers walked off the job over COVID-19 safety concerns.
In response, the TTC said it would be distributing masks and other protective equipment to drivers.
“These masks are being distributed to bus divisions now and are intended as an interim measure while we manufacture and distribute reusable cloth masks over the next two to three weeks,” TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said on Saturday.
“This weekend, bus operators will receive two masks each to start along with their gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.”
According to the TTC’s website, a total of 27 TTC employees, out of a staff of almost 16,000, have tested positive for COVID-19 – including Wheel-Trans operators, subway drivers, bus drivers and service workers.
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