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Vaughan resident charged for sending child with COVID-19 symptoms to daycare
Aug. 13, 2021

A Vaughan resident has been charged by York Region Public Health for sending a child with symptoms of COVID-19 to a child care centre.

The individual was charged last week for not complying with an isolation order, said Patrick Casey, director of corporate communications at York Region.

Two child care centres in Vaughan were in outbreak last week, with cases in children totalling 21. One outbreak was closed earlier this week, however an outbreak at Tiny Treasures Learning and Child Care Centre remains active, with 15 child cases and one staff case confirmed as of Aug. 11.

Under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, York Region's medical officer of health issued a section 22 class order in March 2021 requiring isolation for anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19, is awaiting test results, or has symptoms.

"If you, or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home until a negative test is resolved and symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours; if the individual is not tested, then individuals must isolate for 10 days," Casey said in an email.

"It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure COVID-19 cases in York Region continue to decline; it is more critical than ever we continue following all public health guidelines including self-isolating when you or a member of your household are sick."

Since the section 22 class order was issued lat March, there have been 129 inspections and investigations resulting in 18 charges being laid for non-compliance, he added.

Three York Region restaurants were also charged by York Region's COVID-19 enforcement task force for violations of the Reopening Ontario Act from Aug. 2 to 8.

Est. 2020 on Langstaff Road in Vaughan was charged for failing to ensure that any person inside or in a vehicle operating as part of the business is wearing a mask.

Also in Vaughan, OUD Café & Lounge on Rutherford Road was charged for failing to ensure people sitting at different tables were at least two meters apart.

In Richmond Hill, Yu Seafood on West Beaver Creek Road was fined for not complying with capacity limits for indoor dining.

This accounts for four of the nine charges laid by the region’s COVID-19 enforcement task force between Aug. 2 and Aug. 8.

There were 283 inspections carried out and 101 education compliance activities in that time.

The five remaining charges were laid by York Region Transit.

There were no charges laid by the Town of Newmarket, but bylaw officers completed 13 inspections resulting in nine education activities in the past week.

Across the region there have been 70,602 inspections and 1,434 charges since enforcement began in March 2020.