Two Cincinnati Metro bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 5:45 PM, Nov 18, 2020

CINCINNATI — Two Cincinnati Metro bus drivers have tested positive for COVID-19, the transit organization announced Wednesday.

Both of the operators are now quarantining at home. Metro has also conducted contact tracing and notified other employees who came in contact with the operators.

Metro said one of the operators last provided service on Nov. 16 on Route 74X Northgate Express via Banning from 6:33 a.m. to 8:06 a.m. The other operator last provided service on Nov. 16 on Route 24 Anderson – Uptown from 11:25 a.m. to 6:46 p.m. The operator also provided service Nov. 14 on Route 78 Springdale – Vine/Lincoln Heights from 8:42 a.m. to 4:31 p.m.

Metro asked anyone who rode on those routes at those times to monitor their symptoms.

Cincinnati's transit org has implemented a number of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including applying an "EPA-rated Tier 1 disinfectant that kills the coronavirus" to buses and surfaces like poles, seats and facilities, including Government Square.

The company has also installed plexiglass barriers inside all buses between customers and drivers at the farebox.

Metro recommends riders use its Transit App with EZFare for contactless payment and requires riders to wear a mask or face covering on buses.