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Public Notice

One confirmed case of COVID-19 riding York Regional Transit (YRT) on September 17, 18, 19, and 23, 2020



York Region Public Health notified of first confirmed case on Friday, September 25, 2020.

Confirmed cases: 1

Deaths: 0

York Region residents: 1

Risk to general public: low risk of exposure

York Region Public Health is issuing this public notice to assist with contact tracing for individuals riding the following YRT bus routes:

September 17:

  • YRT Route 4 from Major Mackenzie Drive East and Spadina Avenue heading westbound to Major Mackenzie Drive East and Newkirk Road in the City of Richmond Hill from approximately 12 p.m.
  • Updated: YRT Route 86 from Major Mackenzie Drive East and Newkirk Road heading southbound to Yonge Street and 16th Avenue in the City of Richmond Hill at approximately 12:20 p.m.
  • YRT Route 99 from Hillcrest Mall heading northbound to Elgin Mills Road East and Yonge Street in the City of Richmond Hill at approximately 2:30 p.m.

September 18:

  • YRT Route 83 from Silverwood Avenue and Yonge Street to Mackenzie Health hospital in the City of Richmond Hill from approximately 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • YRT Route 83 from Mackenzie Health hospital to Silverwood Avenue and Yonge Street in the City of Richmond Hill from approximately 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

September 19:

  • YRT Route 91A from approximately 19th Avenue and Bayview Avenue in the City of Richmond Hill heading southbound to TTC Finch station in the City of Toronto from approximately 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • YRT Route 91A from TTC Finch station in the City of Toronto heading northbound to approximately 19th Avenue and Bayview Avenue in the City of Richmond Hill from approximately 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

September 23:

  • YRT Route 83 from Silverwood Avenue and Yonge Street to Mackenzie Health hospital in the City of Richmond Hill from approximately 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • YRT Route 83 from Mackenzie Health hospital to Silverwood Avenue and Yonge Street in the City of Richmond Hill from approximately 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The individual with a COVID-19 infection wore a mask during all bus trips, which can reduce the possibility of transmission to others, and was asymptomatic on all days listed above. Other riders of the bus were likely using face masks or coverings, as mandatory by YRT/Viva. A public notice is being issued as York Region Public Health is unable to identify all riders of this bus during this time.

If you rode any of the YRT buses listed above on the dates and times provided:

  • Monitor yourself for new/worsening signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 until Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (14 days after last possible exposure)
  • If you are currently experiencing symptoms, self-isolate immediately and seek assessment and testing at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre
  • Anyone experiencing at least one symptom of COVID-19 or exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 is encouraged to visit an Assessment Centre for testing
  • Download the COVID-ALERT app: get a phone alert if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and let others know if you test positive without sharing any personal, health or location information; visit covid-19.ontario.ca/covidalert for more app details and links to download to your Smartphone

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