Monday, June 29, 2020

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

METRO has received confirmation two bus operators, a First Transit contract driver for METROLift, a human resources employee, mechanical foreman, light rail mechanic, and a cleaner have tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of cases to 57 METRO employees and 13 contractors. Thirty 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 last worked June 16 and drove the following routes:
Polk bus operator
The second bus operator last worked March 20 and drove the following routes:
Rodeo shuttle driver
*The charts above reflect the days the operators were on duty two weeks prior to their last days on the job.
The First Transit contract driver provided services for METROLift May 29, June 1, 5, 9 and 10. METROLift is an on-demand service and does not operate specific routes.
The light rail mechanic last worked June 21; the mechanical foreman last worked June 6; the cleaner last worked June 19; and the human resource employee has been working remotely since April.  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 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.