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3 Calgary Transit employees test positive for COVID-19

Calgary Transit workers test positive for COVID-19
WATCH: The novel coronavirus continues to hit workplaces in Calgary, including an essential service that helps Calgarians move. Calgary Transit confirmed Saturday that some of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Adam Toy reports.

Calgary Transit confirmed Saturday that three of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

READ MORE: Calgary Transit limits seating, standing room to help riders with social distancing

The organization said two employees have no contact with the public through their work and the third works out of Spring Gardens and had minor contact at the Stoney Transit Facility. Calgary Transit said it wanted to reassure people that the latter individual “would have had limited to no contact with customers.”

“Out of an abundance of precaution, all locations and buses these individuals may have visited or come into contact with have been deep cleaned and sanitized,” Calgary Transit said in a statement, adding that it has alerted all employees who might have come into close contact with them.

READ MORE: Calgary Transit to start asking people to board buses at rear door due to COVID-19

Mark Mahar, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 583, said his members are concerned during this pandemic.

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“It’s heightened fear, without question, [but] they soldier on. It’s quite remarkable,” he said.

“We’re trying to put everything we can in place to mitigate the dangers as much as we possibly can.”

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Measures Calgary Transit is taking

Because health and safety of customers and employees are top priorities, Calgary Transit said it has put many measures into place, including:

  • rear-door boarding on all big buses
  • two-metre social distancing requirements
  • shuttle bus front seat closures
  • 50 per cent seat capacity limits on all buses
Calgary Transit explained that starting on April 1, they would be limiting seating and standing areas on buses, trains and shuttles to implement a two-metre distance between riders.
Calgary Transit explained that starting on April 1, they would be limiting seating and standing areas on buses, trains and shuttles to implement a two-metre distance between riders. Global News

The organization encouraged people to follow guidelines from health officials, like washing hands and staying home.

READ MORE: Calgary bus, train drivers concerned with COVID-19 exposure: union president

“Calgary Transit is doing what we can to keep our vehicles and facilities safe,” it said. “However, the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease are things you do yourself through taking personal responsibility for your safety.”

Alberta Health said it could not confirm the cases due to privacy concerns.