‘Temperature brigade’ checking MTA workers at 22 locations

Carol D'Auria
April 10, 2020 - 7:18 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An MTA “temperature brigade” is testing roughly 2,000 transit workers every day to keep its employees and riders safe from the coronavirus.

At least 41 MTA employees have died and some have 1,500 tested positive for the coronavirus. So officials said Thursday teams of medically trained personnel will take the temperatures of workers at 22 subway, bus and train locations.

“One of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to ensure that people who are sick are staying home, out of the transit system and away from work,” MTA Chief Safety Officer Patrick Warren said in a statement.

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Warren said about 1 in every 1,000 workers ends up having a fever. If a worker has a temperature over 100.4 degrees that person isn’t allowed to work and they’re sent home.

“So we prevent them from going in at that moment in time and send them home to get medical attention, and at the same time not contaminate their coworkers,” Warren said.

These are the 22 locations where workers are being tested:

  • NYCT Rail Control Center
  • NYCT Bus Command Center
  • NYCT Power Control Center
  • NYCT 130 Livingston
  • NYCT PS248 Training Center
  • NYCT West Farms Depot
  • NYCT Queens Village Depot
  • NYCT Grand Ave Depot
  • NYCT Gun Hill Depot
  • NYCT Jackie Gleason Depot
  • NYCT College Point Depot
  • NYCT JFK Depot
  • NYCT Zerega Training Center
  • Staten Island Railway Command
  • LIRR Jamaica Command Center
  • Penn Station Central Control
  • LIRR Maintenance of Equipment Crew Dispatching Office
  • LIRR West Side Storage Yard
  • Metro-North Grand Central Terminal
  • Metro-North Croton Harmon Yard
  • Bridges & Tunnels Operations Command Center
  • MTA Police Department Command Center

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