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Three Cincinnati Metro drivers test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 11:46 AM, Nov 21, 2020

CINCINNATI — Three Cincinnati Metro drivers are in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a news release from Cincinnati Metro.

Metro said contact tracing was carried out immediately to notify employees who may have come in contact with the drivers. The Cincinnati Health Department has instructed Metro to disclose the last days and routes operated by the infected drivers:

Tuesday, Nov. 17:

Rt. 67 Sharonville Job Connection, 5:25 – 6:45 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 16:

Rt. 43 Reading Road/Bond Hill/Winton Hills, 5:53 – 10:36 a.m.

Rt. 3 Montgomery Road, 2:32 – 5:39 p.m.

Rt. 46 Avondale, 5:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rt. 90 Metro*Plus, 12:31 – 7:18 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 13:

Rt. 4 Blue Ash/Kenwood/Ridge Road, 6:07 a.m. – 2:06 p.m.

Metro has cited HIPPA guidelines for not revealing the identities of the infected drivers. Metro said they are continuing with their regularly scheduled routes and have implemented the following precautions in response to the positive cases:

  • Applying an EPA-rated Tier 1 disinfectant that kills the coronavirus to all buses and surfaces inside buses and facilities, including poles, stanchions, seats and facilities, including Government Square.
  • Using an electrostatic sprayer which promotes surface adhesion to apply an EPA-registered antimicrobial.
  • Employing plexiglass barriers on board all buses as an added layer of protection between customers and operators at the farebox.

Metro is reminding riders to continue to observe the following:

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