Seven staff COVID-19 cases, 84 high-risk contacts linked to Vaughan nail salon

Apr 9 2021, 8:11 am

York Region Public Health (YRPH) is warning patrons of a nail salon in Vaughan that they may have been exposed to a COVID-19 variant after seven staff members tested positive.

The health unit asks anyone who visited Nails at Anthony’s, located at 8099 Weston Road, between March 23 and 26, to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

A total of 84 high-risk contacts have been identified to date.

“The salon did not properly maintain a patron list, did not track the type of service for each client, nor the name of the staff who provided the service,” YRPH said.

“Without a proper patron list, Public Health continues to have difficulty identifying high-risk contacts, resulting in the need for a public notice.”

As of April 8, seven of the salon’s eight staff members have tested positive for a variant of concern. All positive cases worked while they were able to transmit the virus, YRPH said.

Four of the positive cases are York Region residents, and the other three are Toronto residents.

The salon closed its doors at 1 pm on March 26, YRPH said, noting that an investigation is ongoing.

“Close contact continues to be the largest factor in the spread of the COVID-19 virus in York Region,” the health units said.

“York Region Public Health reminds all residents about the importance of providing a history of all contacts and contact information if you test positive for COVID-19.”

To date, Ontario has seen 378,339 COVID-19 cases and 7,512 virus-related deaths.

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