Metro asks riders to monitor symptoms after bus driver tests positive for COVID-19

8 employees tested positive in last month
Posted at 10:02 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 22:17:05-04

CINCINNATI — Another Cincinnati Metro bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19, the transit organization announced Wednesday night.

The operator, who is quarantining at home, last provided service on July 6 on Route 17 Seven Hills/Mt. Healthy/Mt. Airy/Northgate between 11:42 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. Metro has notified any other employees who may have come into contact with the operator.

"If members of the public have concerns that they may have come into contact with the affected operator, we advise them to closely monitor their health and follow all CDC guidelines, including contacting a medical professional should they develop symptoms," Metro officials said in a statement Wednesday night.

The operator is the eighth employee to test positive for COVID-19 in exactly one month. Most recently, two operators tested positive on July 3.

In addition to taking sanitation and public health precautions, Metro asks riders to:

  • Pay fare using Transit App with EZFare for contactless payment.
  • Wear a mask, scarf or other facial covering while riding.
  • Stand behind the plexiglass barrier at the farebox.
  • Spread out as much as possible onboard.
  • Observe CDC safety guidelines including using hand sanitizer, washing hands regularly, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.