01/21/2021 08:51 EST

Canada Post Says 121 Workers Tested Positive For COVID-19 At Facility

And that's just since the start of the year at a centre west of Toronto.

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Canada Post trucks sit in a parking lot at the Gateway sorting facility in Mississauga, Ont., in December 2013. A spokesman says more than 1,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Canada Post facilities in the past 10 months.

Canada Post says 121 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at a facility in Mississauga, Ont., since the start of the new year.

A spokesman says the testing was done on a voluntary basis at the Dixie Road site, where more than 4,500 people work, up until Tuesday.

Phil Legault says that’s when Canada Post began mandatory testing of one shift of employees at the direction of Peel Public Health.

He says that in the meantime, the facility is able to keep operating, and employees who test positive will leave the workplace to self-isolate.

Legault says that over the past 10 months, just over 1,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Canada Post facilities, and notes that there are 4,100 such facilities across the country.

He says public health officials have said the cases are “overwhelmingly” due to community transmission, with workplace spread accounting for about two per cent of infections.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021.

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