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Metro driver tests positive for COVID-19 after driving route serving Withrow students

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Posted at 5:51 PM, Oct 23, 2020

CINCINNATI — A Cincinnati Metro bus operator who recently drove a route serving Withrow High School students has tested positive for COVID-19, the transportation organization announced Friday.

The operator, now quarantining at home, last provided service on Route 46 Avondale on Oct. 15 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Withrow XTRA Service from 2:30 to 4:06 p.m.

"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," read a release from Metro.

Metro has also notified other employees who may have come into contact with the operator.

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.