Toronto man with coronavirus used Mississauga and Milton transit systems


A man who was recently diagnosed with coronavirus used public transit in Mississauga, Milton and Toronto, Toronto Public Health says. 

At a March 6 press conference,  Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health with Toronto Public Health, told reporters that a man in his 40s who travelled from Las Vegas to Toronto on Feb. 28 used local transit systems before visiting Toronto Western's emergency department on March 4.

The man is currently at home and is self-isolating.

Dr. de Villa also mentioned that a man in his 50s who had recently traveled from Iran was also diagnosed and is self-isolating.

"We understand that all hospital protocols were followed for both of these cases. My staff have been following up directly with these individuals and all known close contacts of these individuals to understand the full details of their individual situations and those that they may have come into contact with," Dr. de Villa told reporters. 

"Through our contract tracing, our understanding is that the man in his 40s had symptoms from March 2 to March 4 and used public transit daily to commute to and from work during this time." 

Toronto Public Health says the man who came from Las Vegas used the following transit routes from March 2 to March 4 for his daily commute:

—From Bathurst TTC Station westbound to Islington Station around 8:50 a.m.

—From Islington TTC Station to his workplace using the 108N Mississauga Way Express Bus around 9:10 a.m.

—The 27 Milton GO Bus from the workplace to Yorkdale TTC Station around 6:10 p.m.

—From Yorkdale TTC Station to St. George TTC Station around 6:45 p.m.

—From St. George TTC Station westbound to Bathurst TTC Station around 7:16 p.m.

—From Bathurst TTC Station northbound on the 7 Bathurst TTC Bus around 7:20 p.m.

On March 4, the individual travelled on the 511 Bathurst Streetcar around 7:20 p.m. southbound and again around 10:15 p.m. northbound. He then travelled on the 7 Bathurst TTC Bus around 10:20 p.m.

Toronto Publiic Health says the TTC is considered a low-risk exposure setting. 

The news comes after Peel Public Health's announcement that two coronavirus patients, a husband and wife, are self-isolating at home in Mississauga after returning to Canada on Feb. 28 following travel on the Grand Princess Cruise ship that departed San Francisco on Feb 11.

Peel Public Health says its investigation has determined that the couple may have been able to pass the virus to others during their return. 

Peel Public Health says passengers who were seated in rows 18-22 of West Jet flight 1199, returning to Toronto Pearson Airport from the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix on February 28, are directed to self-isolate and call Peel Public Health immediately at 905-799-7700 (or at 905-584-2216 if in Caledon). 

All other passengers aboard the flight should self-monitor for signs of cough, fever or respiratory issues and call Peel Public Health if symptoms arise up until March 13.

At this point, 26 Ontario residents have been diagnosed with coronavirus, and four have since cleared the virus. 

No deaths have been reported in connection with the virus in Canada.

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