LIRR Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

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March 15, 2020 - 2:17 pm
Patrick Foye

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Long Island Rail Road employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye said the employee is a sheet metal worker who does not work on-board trains or interact directly with customers.

The employee was last at work on March 7 and is in quarantine receiving appropriate care.

Health officials are notifying those who may have come into contact with the employee and tracing others who may have been exposed.

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Foye said the MTA has disinfected his workplace multiple times and is monitoring the situation closely.

"We expect to see additional cases reported as testing continues to ramp up, which will help us contain the spread of this virus. As we have for weeks, the MTA is aggressively disinfecting our workplaces, trains, stations and buses around the clock to keep our employees and customers as safe as possible," Foye said.

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