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About 100 Canada Post employees at Mississauga test positive for COVID-19

More than 100 employees of a Canada Post facility in Mississauga, Ont. have tested positive for COVID-19 so far this month.

The Crown corporation confirmed Wednesday that there had been 121 cases at its Dixie Road location.

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.

According to the Crown corporation, more than 4,500 employees are working in mail processing, technical services, transportation, casual and administration at the facility.

Canada Post noted that Peel Public Health had also directed them to test one shift of employees at its Gateway East facility for the novel coronavirus. Testing began on Tuesday.

“There has been full compliance of workers with this directive. And the union supports this plan,” Qaiser Maroof, president of the Canada Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) Toronto Local 626.

He said 23 workers at the Gateway East facility tested positive for COVID-19.

“CPW continues to pressure Canada Post corporation to share the latest information with us, investigate and correct situations which could lead to workplace transmission and do so everything possible to assure the public safety and the health and safety of our workers at Canada Post,” he said.

“Peel Public Health investigates every COVID-19 positive case. 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 Dr. Lawrence Loh, the region’s medical officer of health, in a statement.

Loh added details of an investigation will only be disclosed if there is a risk to a broader public.

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