Cincinnati Metro employee tests positive for COVID-19

Employee was on board 4 bus routes
Posted at 5:36 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 17:53:35-05

CINCINNATI — A Cincinnati Metro operations employee who was on board four bus routes on Oct. 29 and 30 has tested positive for COVID-19, the organization announced Thursday.

Metro said it immediately conducted contact tracing and notified other employees who may have come in contact with the employee, who is now quarantining at home.

"We send our thoughts for a quick recovery and offer support of our team member in any way we are able," read a statement from the transit organization Thursday.

On Oct. 29, the Metro employee was on board the 15X Mt. Healthy Express prior to 8:00 a.m., Route 6 Queen City later that morning, and the Route 33 Western Hills-Glenway in the afternoon. On Oct. 30, the Metro employee was on board Route 41 Glenway Crossing-Oakley Crosstown from 4:37 to 9:00 a.m.

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

Since the start of the pandemic, Metro has implemented a number of safety measures, including daily cleaning of all buses, requiring operators and riders to wear masks, installing plexiglass barriers at fare boxes and encouraging contactless EZFare payment.