NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transport Workers Union have reached a deal to provide a COVID-19 death benefit for employees.

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The MTA will pay a $500,000 lump sum to the families of those who were on the job Feb. 1 or later and died after being infected with the virus.

“We can’t bring back our heroic co-workers but we can make sure their families are taken care of, “ Local 100 President Tony Utano said in a statement. “We will continue to fight in Albany for additional benefits to help the families left behind and to further honor our lost heroes’ great sacrifice to this city and state.”

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Nearly 60 transit workers have died, including three dozen bus and subway employees.

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Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the federal government to create a COVID-19 Heroes Compensation Fund, like the one established after 9/11, for all essential workers and their families.

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