The TTC has sent out a warning letter to employees on Thursday morning after a TTC worker tests positive for COVID-19. According to Stuart Green, a TTC spokesperson, the mechanic became the transit agency’s first confirmed case of the virus after showing symptoms and being sent home sick on March 11, 2020. Green states that this worker did not work in frontline service.

It was reported that the employee worked his last shift at Duncan Shop, where the TTC works on bus rebuilds and overhauls.

Over 130 transit employees were exposed to the virus and are now in self-isolation or being closely monitored in relation to COVID-19.

“The employee worked one shift on March 11 after returning from travel and was sent homesick," TTC CEO Rick Leary wrote to his employees on Thursday morning.

"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.”

“Duncan Shop will undergo thorough disinfection, with special attention paid to common high-touch areas. This complements the increased cleaning and disinfection measures we have in place across our vehicles, stations, and workplaces,” he added.

“This is an unsettling, unprecedented time at the TTC, but I want to assure you were are doing everything we can to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep you and our customers safe,” Leary concluded.

The TTC announced on Wednesday that its fare inspection officers would no longer be checking riders for proof of payment as they implement new practices of social distancing. 

Officers will instead focus on educating people on the harms of evasion and customer service.

The TTC has also become noticeably quiet this week following the Ontario government state of an emergency announcement.

Empty trains and buses during the city’s rush hour have many residents taking to social media to share the surreal images.

TTC spokesperson Stuart Green confirmed to Narcity in an e-mail earlier this week that they have seen a drop in ridership. 

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