Canada Post says 121 employees at their Gateway East facility on Dixie Road in Mississauga have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 20 days.
“Public Health has confirmed that Canada Post is able to maintain its operations. Any employees who do test positive will leave the workplace and self-isolate,” Canada Post said in a statement.
Peel Public Health had also directed the Crown corporation to test a group of employees who worked the same shift at the Gateway East facility for COVID-19. Testing began on Tuesday.
The Gateway facility has more than 4,500 employees are working in mail processing, technical services, transportation, casual and administration at the facility.
Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel’s Medical Officer of Health said every positive COVID-19 case is being investigated. “If there is a potential workplace exposure, we work with the case to identify contacts and with the employer to ensure that they are doing what they can to prevent any future workplace exposure,” said Peel’s top doctor.
Peel Public Health has confirmed that Canada Post is able to maintain its operations. Any employees who do test positive will leave the workplace and self-isolate,” Canada Post said in a statement.
Meanwhile, at a news conference on Wednesday, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said 60 per cent of the 2014 workplace outbreaks since the pandemic have been reported in manufacturing, warehouse, and food processing. The Mayor also used this stat to emphasizethe need for paid sick leave for workers.
“I may sound like a broken record. But when it comes to this issue, I will keep saying it again and again. Paid sick leave needs to be part of our continued and shared response to this pandemic,” said Mayor Crombie.
Workplace outbreaks continue to be a concern in Peel. Mayor Bonnie Crombie said “In total, over 1,500 workers and people have contracted COVID-19 through a workplace outbreak. And we know that workplace outbreaks ultimately lead to more households and communities spread,” said Mayor Crombie