The union representing postal workers has confirmed that one person has died as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak at a Mississauga sorting facility.
Qaiser Maroof, the president of the Toronto local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, calls it a “sad day for Postal Workers” and an “unnecessary loss of life.”
“This tragedy underscores why we have been insisting to the government’s that the postal workers are indeed frontline workers,” reads a statement from the union.
“When will the Government ensure that our members are treated like frontline workers? When will our health and safety will be treated with high importancy?”
The union says the employee worked the night shift at the facility and that his wife is also an employee there.
Canada Post confirmed in a statement that the employee last worked at the facility back on Jan. 19.
A spokesperson for Canada Post says 224 COVID-19 infections have been confirmed at the Gateway facility in Mississauga since January 1.
On Friday, the crown corporation instructed some workers to self-isolate at the request of Peel Public Health (PPH) in an effort to control further spread of the virus.
Canada Post says the Gateway facility is still operating, but it is a major hub in the carrier’s national network, meaning commercial customers and Canadians should expect delays in delivery.
“We have implemented contingency plans and continue to review the situation to minimize the impact on customers,” said spokesperson Phil Legault
The plans in place include moving and redirecting products to other processing plants and maintaining processing within the Gateway facility.
Customers are able to track their packages on Canada Post’s website and app.