Commuter Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Took A GO Bus From Toronto To Hamilton
The bus has been put out of service.
Toronto transit is continuing to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic this week. Metrolinx confirmed on Thursday morning that a GO bus passenger with COVID-19 was riding on one of their buses. According to the transit agency, this person was riding on a GO bus out of Toronto Pearson Airport on March 12.
Metrolinx officials stated that the discovery has caused the exposed bus to be taken out of service as a precaution. The driver of the vehicle is also self-isolating despite showing no symptoms.
"We've been informed that a person travelling on a route 40 GO bus from Pearson to Hamilton GO Centre on March 12 at 6:10 pm has tested positive for #COVID19. We wish them a speedy recovery. Our driver spoke with public health, has no symptoms & is self-isolating as a precaution," read a statement from Metrolinx.
However, the company assures that the risk to commuters is low and that if they have any concerns they should speak with their doctor.
"Out of an abundance of caution, the bus was removed from service and thoroughly disinfected. Hamilton Public Health has determined the risk is low & does not need to speak with customers. Customers with concerns about their health should speak with their healthcare provider," it added.
Metrolinx had announced service cuts, significantly reducing both GO train, , and UP Express routes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The changes to service started on Wednesday, March 18, which will see schedules being revised in line with the reduced ridership.
"As Ontario and the world manages through COVID-19, Metrolinx continues to focus on the health and safety of our staff and customers as our top priority. Since January, we've had an experienced team fully engaged on developing a robust COVID-19 strategy," reads a statement on the organization's website.
"This coming Wednesday, March 18, Metrolinx will be temporarily reducing GO and UP Express service in continued support of provincial action in protecting Ontarians from COVID-19," it added.
The TTC also confirmedthat one of its maintenance workers had tested positive for COVID-19. Over 130 of the transit agency's employees were sent into self-isolation as a result.