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Calgary Transit employee tests positive for COVID-19, 27 other staff self-isolated

Last Updated Mar 17, 2020 at 6:35 pm MDT

A Ctrain makes it way along 7 Ave SW in downtown Calgary (PHOTO: Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A member of Calgary Transit has contacted COVID-19 after testing positive for the virus Sunday evening.

The employee is not a transit operator but a training officer.

The individual left work on Wednesday, March 11 to be tested and hasn’t been back to work since.

“We have been in touch with everybody that individual has been involved with, and there have been 27 other employees that have been self-isolated, basically, as a result,” Russell Davies, Calgary Transit Fleet Manager, said.

When asked if this was concerning for customers, Davis said everyone should be safe.

“With the drop-off in ridership there is a lower density of people on transit right now, so I think that social distancing is actually easier to sustain right now.”

Calgary Transit is continuing to practice cleaning protocols as recommended by health officials.

On Tuesday, it was announced Alberta has 97 cases of COVID-19, 70 of those located in the Calgary zone.