Saturday, May 30, 2020

METROLift Contract Driver, METRO Storeroom Attendant Test Positive for COVID-19

METRO has received confirmation a Yellow Cab contractor who drove for METROLift and a METRO storeroom attendant have tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of cases to 24 METRO employees and three contractors.  Twelve of the employees had no contact with the public. The Authority continues to track and report positive test results among its workforce of more than 4200.  We are also conducting temperature checks of all employees before they begin their workday.
The Yellow Cab contractor last provided services for METROLift on May 18.  METROLift is a paratransit on-demand service that does not operate on specific routes. METRO will contact riders who utilized the METROLift services driven by that contractor within 14 days of the time frame in which the contractor last worked. 
The storeroom attendant last worked May 24 and had no contact with the public.
Anyone who comes in contact with an individual who tests positive should monitor themselves for possible symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as you develop any symptoms, and self-isolate to avoid possibly exposing others, including refraining from using public transportation.
METRO is working with public health officials so they can identify and notify anyone impacted by the latest positive cases.
Since mid-March, METRO has sought to minimize the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission by operators or passengers by encouraging social distancing.  On March 23, the agency temporarily suspended collecting fares to avoid unnecessary contacts.  Shortly thereafter, orange mesh fencing was installed across the aisles of every local bus to assure appropriate distancing between operators and passengers.