New York – At least three Latino employees are among eight in the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) who lost their lives to the coronavirus, this state agency reported.
According to the MTA, the largest transportation system in the country, the deceased Hispanic employees are the supervisor of a subway station, Víctor Zapana, the cleaning employee at a facility in the Bronx, Caridad Santiago, of Puerto Rican origin and the driver bus station Ernesto Hernández.
Zapana worked for three decades for the MTA, Santiago for 13 years and Hernández for 15 years, according to an agency statement, in which they claim to be “heartbroken” over the death of their “heroic” workers.RELATED
“They dedicated their lives to serving the public and keeping New Yorkers moving. This is a tragic loss for the city. Their families and friends are in our prayers during this incredibly difficult and painful time,” said the acting director of New York City. Transit, one of the MTA agencies, Sarah Feinberg, in a statement.
The MTA reported that at least 333 employees had tested positive for COVID-19, including the president of that agency, Pat Foye, and that some 2,700 employees, from a workforce of 70,000 people, are quarantined in their homes, notes El Diario .
Also that the number of other subway workers and bus drivers who report ill is tripled.
The MTA took measures to avoid spreading the virus from their drivers and a week ago passengers had to board and exit the bus through the rear side doors, implying the loss of the $ 2.75 fare for each trip, and ordered that the first three seats are empty.
Only express bus passengers can access through the front door and the disabled.
Feinberg indicated that they will distribute 75,000 masks among the workers.