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Did you ride the GO Train from Vaughan to Union Station Feb. 9 or 10? You may need a COVID-19 test

York Region public health issues notice after passenger with variant of virus tests positive
Feb.22, 2021
Lisa Queen

If you rode the GO Train travelling from Vaughan to Union Station in Toronto on Feb. 9 or 10, York Region public health is advising you may need to get a COVID-19 test after a passenger tested positive for a variant of the virus.

A passenger rode the Barrie line GO Train on those dates. The person was not experiencing any symptoms at the time and wore a mask but, on Feb. 11, began showing symptoms and started self-isolating.

Public health learned on Feb. 17 that the passenger had the virus and issued the notice.

It’s unknown where the passenger contracted COVID-19.

While other passengers on the trains were likely wearing masks or face coverings, public health is alerting passengers because variants of the virus are known to spread more quickly.

Public health has issued a notice to passengers who were on the following trains:

Passengers on any of these trips are being advised by public health to get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible, even if they are not showing symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms, no matter how mild, self-isolate immediately and get tested.

Monitor yourself for new/worsening signs and symptoms -- including fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, new smell or taste disorders, sore throat or difficulty swallowing, or runny nose or nasal congestion -- until Feb. 24, which is 14 days after last possible exposure.

Close contact continues to be the largest factor in the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Providing public health with a history of all contacts and contact information if you test positive for COVID-19 helps with contract tracing, the most effective tool to slow the spread of the virus and interrupt further transmission.