VIA Rail Employee Working On The Quebec-Windsor Trains Tested Positive For COVID-19
Passengers who could've been exposed to the virus are being contacted.
Did you take a train trip between Quebec and Ontario on March 14 or March 15? You might be contacted by Canada's national rail service. A VIA Rail employee's COVID-19 test came back positive after they worked on the Quebec City-Windsor route.
VIA Rail got confirmation that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 23 and released a statement on March 26.
"The employee is being monitored by public health authorities, is in isolation and VIA Rail continues to follow-up directly, hoping for a prompt recovery," said Cynthia Garneau, president and CEO of the transportation company, in the statement.
On March 14 and March 15, the employee worked onboard four trains along the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, 61-44-643-68, but wasn't showing any symptoms at that time.
The employee didn't report to work after they started experiencing symptoms.
"We continue to contact passengers who might have been in direct or indirect contact with our employee," explained Garneau.
VIA Rail maintains that possible exposure is minimal but employees and crews who could have been exposed have also been contacted.
"All our thoughts are with our colleague," Garneau said.
To fight the spread of COVID-19, VIA Rail has procedures in place for isolating employees as well as actions to be taken if someone tests positive in any establishment or on their trains.
There are also enhanced cleaning protocols onboard and in stations along with measures to ensure that there is proper distance between people.
Garneau added that VIA Rail is constantly reminding passengers and employees to follow the recommendations of public health officials during the COVID-19 pandemic.