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Another Metro operator tests positive for COVID-19; riders asked to self-monitor

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Posted at 8:48 PM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-12 22:06:28-04

CINCINNATI — Another Metro operator has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of operators with positive tests to eight in just under one month.

The driver is now quarantining at home, according to a release from Metro spokesperson Brandy Jones.

The release states the operator drove on July 6 and 7 on Route 17, Seven Hills - Mt. Healthy - Mt. Airy - Northgate between the hours of 6:19 a.m. and 11:42 a.m. The operator also drove Route 33, Western Hills to Glenway, from 3:29 p.m. to 5:47 p.m.

Metro said it has conducted contact tracing and already notified other employees who may have come into contact with this person.

Metro asks riders who believe they may have come into contact with the operator to “closely monitor their health and follow all CDC guidelines, including contacting a medical professional should they develop symptoms.”

Metro officials said workers continue to sanitize buses regularly and take other CDC-recommended preventive measures. Riders must wear masks while on the buses and spread out as much as possible.