Toronto Pearson airport screening officer tests positive for COVID-19
An almost-empty Terminal 3 is shown at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Friday, March 13, 2020. Provincial governments have advised against international travel and Ontario announced plans to close its schools for two weeks because of COVID-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
TORONTO -- A screening officer at Toronto Pearson International Airport has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to GardaWorld, a private security firm that provides officers to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, the employee last worked eight days ago.
GardaWorld said in a statement that the employee is at home in self-isolation and is “following direction from local health officials.”
“We have notified all employees who may have had contact with this individual and asked them to self-isolate for 14 days, self-monitor for symptoms and to contact public health for any further direction,” the company said in the statement.
The security firm did not say when the officer tested positive for the virus.
A screening officer typically helps guide passengers through the security process and can come into contact with customers and their luggage. They are sometimes responsible for body searches, GardaWorld’s website says.
The officer is among the recent cases identified in the past few days. Officials confirmed on Saturday that an employee of a midtown Loblaws tested positive for COVID-19.