An email sent to BC Transit employees confirms that a maintenance worker at the Langford Transit Centre has tested positive for COVID-19.
The email, forwarded to Victoria Buzz by a BC Transit employee who wishes to remain anonymous, says the company was made aware of the COVID-19 case on Monday, November 30.
“It is important to note that the health authority will be notifying close contacts who are required to self-isolate,” reads the email from Greg Conner, Vice President, People and Culture and Corporate Secretary, at BC Transit.
“Therefore, the only action required from you no matter your work location is to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols before coming to work.”
The memo lets employees know that Langford Transit Centre has been cleaned to a level 3 standard with an electrostatic sprayer, and that the company is working with Island Health to support the worker who contracted the virus.
“We all have been practicing safe working and it’s also important to remember that the risk of transmission is possible when someone has spent more than 15 minutes in close contact (less than six feet) with an infected person without following our required safety protocols of wearing a mask.”
A spokesperson for BC Transit confirmed the case in a phone call with Victoria Buzz and noted that the company is taking all precautions necessary.
According to the representative, Island Health has stated that there is an extremely low risk of transmission associated with the patient.
For that reason, the exact date of when the individual tested positive for COVID-19, and the dates when they were last at work while infected, are not being made public at this time.