Tuesday, June 23, 2020

METROLift Contract Driver, Two METRO Bus Operators Among Latest Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

METRO has received confirmation two bus operators, a First Transit contract driver for METROLift, a fare inspector, a METRO Police officer, a bus maintenance trainer, bus cleaner, METROLift dispatcher and printing services contractor have tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of cases to 44 METRO employees and 10 contractors. Twenty-two of the employees had no contact with the public. METRO tracks and reports all positive cases among its workforce of more than 4200. We are also conducting temperature checks of employees before they begin their workday. 
The first bus operator's last day on the job was June 16.  In the two weeks prior, that employee drove the following routes:
HC Bus operator 2
The second bus operator's last day on the job was June 17. In the two weeks prior, that employee drove the following routes:
HC 1
*The charts above reflect the days the operators were on duty two weeks prior to their last day on the job.
The First Transit contract driver provided services for METROLift on June 13, 15, 16 and last worked June 17.  METROLift is an on-demand service which does not operate on specific routes. 
The fare inspector's last day on the job was June 15 and that employee worked at the following rail station platforms along the Red Line:
Red Line Positive
The METRO Police officer, whose last day on the job was June 15, worked in a specialized division and had no contact with the public.
The bus maintenance employee last worked June 12; the bus cleaner last worked June 15; the METROLift dispatcher has been working remotely since April and the printing services contractor last worked June 10. None had 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 who traveled the routes driven by the bus operators during those time frames, as well as anyone else who may have been impacted by the other 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.
METRO’s number one priority is protecting the health and safety of our customers, community and employees.