I’m starting to wonder when the US will be asking to send cases across the borders to countries with more room… Not that Canada is doing very well at the moment either. The Greater Toronto Area has gone into lockdown.
I’m glad my workplace has taken this seriously from the beginning. Masks, sanitise workstations before and after shift, staggered shifts to reduce crowding in common areas, barriers and spacing in common areas. (I work in an auto parts factory.) When I am out around town, everyone seems to be wearing masks and washing hands.
We have to take our temperature before going to work each day, and there’s an app with questions we answer to get permission to come in. I know people who have been off four times in the past few months because of suspected covid exposure (turned out to be negative each time), and the employee newsletter mentioned an absenteeism rate of 10% because of what we are now calling ‘covid leave’.
Last week we got our own on-site rapid-response test centre (15-min to 1-hour turnaround; you wait in your car). If we test positive there we don’t come in and we go and get a regular test at the clinic.
Luckily, I haven’t had so much as a sniffle… all the masking and handwashing seems to have cut down the regular illnesses even.