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Canada Post facility with massive COVID-19 outbreak will now conduct mandatory testing


February 1, 2021

Amid the outbreak at the 4,500-worker facility, hundreds have been sent home to self-isolate and 100 Canada Border Services Agency guards assigned to inspect packages were told to stay away. So far One death has been linked to the outbreak. On Wednesday, the union representing workers at the facility confirmed that a Canada Post employee infected with COVID-19 had died. The employee worked at Gateway East on Shift 1. He was tested for the disease on Jan. 19, isolated at home after and then died six days later. Canadian Union of Post Workers Toronto local president Qaiser Maroof tsaid  that the employee who died was not part of the group of workers sent home to self-isolate and sought out testing on his own. He apparently did not show symptoms prior to his test, according to Maroof. Legault issued a statement confirming the death of a Canada Post worker on Wednesday. “We offer our deepest sympathies to the family as they mourn the loss and respect their privacy during this difficult time,” he said. “We are focused on supporting our employees who have lost a colleague while ensuring we continue to stringently following the guidance and direction from Peel Public Health. ”Canada Post is advising customers to expect delays with their packages. The Crown corporation said “Peel Public Health has advised it is safe to continue operating, but volumes remain heavy.”


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