Coronavirus: Sister of Canada Put up worker who died amid COVID-19 outbreak calls for solutions

Coronavirus: Sister of Canada Post employee who died amid COVID-19 outbreak demands answers

2021-02-24 05:11:32

Almost a month because the dying of her 62-year-old brother, Amanda Yeung Collucci is asking on Canada Put up to supply solutions a few COVID-19 outbreak at his office.

“All employers ought to actually take a critical function and duty if there’s any circumstances occurring within the office they should do a really thorough investigation to seek out out the place it’s being originated,” mentioned Collucci.

The town councillor in Markham, Ontario mentioned she has acquired many calls from constituents since her brother’s dying final month asking for assurances that their very own workplaces are protected.

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“Whether or not they work at a grocery retailer, or retail retailer, all of them need me to take this chance … to essentially remind all of the employers on the market … to proceed to place their staff first and defend them and their well being and their wellbeing,” she mentioned.

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Her brother, Godfrey Yeung, 62, was a longtime worker on the Gateway East facility in Mississauga.

Yeung was additionally a father of two, and a “loving husband,” his sister mentioned.

He went to work on January 19 and returned residence the next day after his common in a single day shift, however felt sick.

He started coughing so the entire household went for COVID-19 testing.

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Two days later Yeung and his daughter examined constructive.

“Though his signs appear to be gentle, the entire state of affairs went down very quick and he went to mattress the twenty fifth and mentioned ‘I don’t really feel so good,’” she mentioned.

Yeung Collucci mentioned her sister-in-law recommended they go to the hospital however he selected to attend a day, hoping he would begin to really feel higher.

“He by no means made that yet one more day,” she mentioned, including, “He’s an especially wholesome particular person, no pre-existing situation in any respect, he has a really wholesome life-style … an energetic particular person.”

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Because the shock of his dying begins to subside, Yeung Collucci mentioned she needs solutions.

“There needs to be some form of accountability and duty … I by no means get any solutions from anybody,” she mentioned.

Yeung Collucci is questioning why the Canada Put up facility the place her brother labored was allegedly permitting staff to take away masks and sit collectively in a lunchroom every single day.

“We can’t do dine-in anymore however but the lunchroom was nonetheless open … you may’t buy meals from the restaurant and eat there but it surely’s OK to carry your individual meals and eat within the lunchroom? I’m scratching my head,” she mentioned.

Yeung Collucci additionally mentioned her brother’s in a single day shift was the final one to expertise necessary COVID-19 testing.

“There was outbreak … are all the evening shift staff magically immune? This COVID-19 is critical … employers should be extraordinarily vigilant to guard their staff’ well being,” she mentioned.

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Canadian Union of Postal Employees Toronto native president Qaiser Maroof informed International Information he won’t relaxation till he has solutions.

“To me it’s a failure by public well being … why [did] it take you that lengthy to declare an outbreak when now we have tons of of circumstances?” he mentioned.

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He additionally pointed the finger at Canada Put up for reportedly not imposing bodily distancing measures early on and ready to name for necessary testing of all three shifts, together with Godfrey Yeung’s in a single day shift.

“When Canada Put up is speaking with the general public well being, the union was not a part of that communication and that may be a key data right here that we weren’t a part of, so I have no idea if Canada Put up sugar coating data,” he added.

Maroof expressed disappointment with the way in which the outbreak was dealt with on the plant.

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“We’re serving mail, we’re serving you, we’re serving Canadians, we’re serving the general public, we shouldn’t be handled like this. The federal government has a duty to reply,” he mentioned.

As for the household of Godfrey Yeung, his spouse and kids proceed to grieve in personal, however his sister mentioned she felt an obligation to talk out and ask questions of her brother’s employer.

“What precautions have they got? Have they ever executed a whole shutdown to do a whole sanitization of the place after which in the event that they do, how are they going to open up and ensure each single worker is protected?”




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