On Friday, Toronto Public Health announced that one of Ontario’s latest confirmed patients of COVID-19 travelled on the city’s transit. The TTC reported that Toronto's coronavirus patient rode on the subway line from March 2 to March 4. According to the Ontario government, the 40-year-old man had recently returned home from a trip to Las Vegas.
Dr. Eileen de Villa told reporters that the man travelled between Bathurst and Islington Station and took the 511 Bathurst streetcar for three days before being diagnosed.
The man also returned home via the 27 Milton GO Bus, where he then took the subway from Yorkdale to St. George Station.
“Based on information gathered about this individual’s travel pattern, the TTC is in the process of identifying specific vehicles that the individual on the day indicated above. Toronto Public Health continues to assure the TTC and the city that the risk of exposure for both TTC employees and customers remain low,” read an update by the TTC.
Despite the news, the TTC noted that they aren’t taking any further measures at the moment.
The transit agency assured passengers that it has been in contact with Toronto Public Health and that all TTC vehicles are safe for travel.
TTC COVID-19 update: https://t.co/giNq8e1pgl— TTC Customer Service (@TTC Customer Service)1583512585.0
“The TTC takes the health and the safety of its employees and customers very seriously and is in daily communication with Toronto Public Health," the update added.
"At this time, the direction is no additional measures are required. The TTC continues to be a safe method of travel.”
MEDIA RELEASE: Ontario Confirms New Positive Cases of COVID-19. More info: https://t.co/hIGcPcqgJ7— Toronto Public Health (@Toronto Public Health)1583511587.0
Metrolinx also released a statement informing their passengers that, "Metrolinx has now identified the vehicles used on those days, and as a precaution they are being taken out of service and are being given an extra cleaning."
"The Metrolinx COVID-19 response team is monitoring the situation very closely – and at this time, the risk for both customers and staff remains very low."*
Two of those cases were tested positive after a couple returned home to Canada after travelling aboard a cruise ship.
MEDIA ADVISORY: City of Toronto to provide update on #COVID-19. More info: https://t.co/czgmn4tuDS— Toronto Public Health (@Toronto Public Health)1583442767.0
“Both Peel Public Health and Toronto Public Health are continuing to work closely with Public Health Ontario in taking immediate precautions to ensure these patients are being safely and appropriately cared for and that other patients, staff and the community are well protected,” read a government news release.
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*This article has been updated to include a statement from Metrolinx.