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Mississauga mayor responds to possible COVID-19 exposure on MiWay bus

The Region of Peel and the City of Mississauga have learned of a possible exposure of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with an individual who rode the TTC, MiWay and GO Transit. The individual is recovering at home in self-isolation.

The Toronto resident contracted COVID-19 through travel and commuted aboard the 108 express bus on March 2,3 and 4 to their place of work in the Meadowvale Business Park. The case is not related to any other Region of Peel cases.

“It’s important to know that not everyone on the bus would have had close contact with the individual. However, the individual was symptomatic and if you are developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we’d ask that you self-isolate and call Peel Public Health as soon as possible,” said Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health, Peel Public Health.

MiWay and Peel Public Health are working together to ensure the public are protected and understand the ways which they can protect themselves.

Mississauga’s mayor, Bonnie Crombie, has responded to the possible exposure on the MiWay bus.

The City of Mississauga was already in the process of activating enhanced cleaning measures on our transit fleet. We are taking all and necessary steps to ensure both the safety of our employees and the public in accordance with Provincial Health protocols.

“Peel Public Health is ready and prepared to respond to cases of novel coronavirus, working closely in partnership with [hospitals, emergency services] and health care providers to ensure the necessary emergency planning, monitoring and response protocols are in place.

There is no evidence of community spread of the virus. People who are feeling healthy with no symptoms, and receive no call from Peel Public Health, they should go about their daily lives as normal and do not need to seek health care. If you develop symptoms of the novel coronavirus, please self-isolate and contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. If you require immediate medical attention, please call 911 and advise the operator of your symptoms.

Toronto Pearson International Airport is also working closely with Health Canada and the Canadian Border Services Agencies to ensure the proper safety measures, including additional screening measures at the airport to protect both passengers and staff.

“Given the growing global nature and spread of this virus, residents are understandably concerned. I share those concerns and want to assure them that our medical professionals and first responders are working in unison, 24/7 to protect Peel and limit the spread of the virus. The risk of transmission to the public continues to remain low.

“Peel Public Health will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available.”

Peel Public Healh also reminds residents that you can “protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19 and common illnesses such as the flu by washing your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding contact with those who are ill and avoiding touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible.”

The City of Mississauga and Peel Public Health continue to work closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and other local health providers and municipalities to monitor the situation and protect the community.