Transit rider tests positive for COVID-19

York Region Public Health is urging some York Region Transit (YRT) Viva Blue riders to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after someone travelling on a bus while wearing a mask on Sunday, Aug. 30 tested positive for the virus.

Anyone who rode Viva Blue travelling north on Yonge Street from Finch Avenue in Toronto to Bernard Avenue in Richmond Hill between about noon and 2 p.m. that day should monitor new signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 until Sunday, Sept. 13 – which is 14 days after possible exposure.

If you’re currently experiencing symptoms, self-isolate immediately, call York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653, and seek assessment and testing at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, new or worsening cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms include sore throat or difficulty swallowing; new smell or taste disorders; nausea/vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain; and/or runny nose or congestion unrelated to seasonal allergies or post-nasal drip.

Travellers must wear a face mask or covering while on all YRT services and should board buses through the front doors and exit through the rear doors to create one-way flow. Riders are encouraged to use contactless payment methods, such as PRESTO or the YRT Pay app. YRT has enhanced cleaning and disinfection of buses/vehicles and facilities and installed barrier shields at bus driver cabs to provide additional physical separation for bus drivers and riders.

Public Health reminds residents to help reduce the spread of the virus by following public health guidelines that include wearing a two-layer face mask or covering when inside public places and practising physical distancing with anyone outside of your social circle by staying two metres away from others.

Other guidelines: wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands and stay home when you’re sick or feeling unwell. Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and seek assessment and testing if necessary. Visit www.york.ca/covid19 to learn more.

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