Metro riders should monitor their health after bus driver’s positive COVID-19 test

Metro riders should monitor their health after bus driver’s positive COVID-19 test
The driver, who tested positive, worked last worked in mid-October. (Source: WXIX/Metro)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Metro bus riders on a specific Oct. 15 route should monitor their health after another driver tested positive for COVID-19.

The positive test was from an operator driving Rt. 46 Avondale on Oct. 15 from 6 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., according to Metro officials.

The driver was also on the Withrow XTRA service from 2:30 p.m. till 4:06 p.m., Metro said.

The operator also provided service on October 13 and 14.

Below is a complete list of routes and times for the operator’s last dates of service:

October 13:

Route 30X Beechmont Express 5:44 - 9:00 a.m.

Route 5161 Shroder XTRA Service 3:40 - 4:30 p.m.

Route 3 Montgomery Road 5:06 - 7:02 p.m.

October 14:

Route 5162 Shroder XTRA Service 7:22 - 8:30 a.m.

Route 51 Glenway Crossing - Hyde Park Crosstown 8:30 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

October 15:

Route 46 Avondale 5:52 a.m. - 1:29 p.m.

Route 1152 Withrow XTRA Service 2:20 - 4:06 p.m.

Transportation officials say anyone who thinks they encountered the operator should closely monitor their health and follow CDC guidelines.

Other employees, who might have encountered this operator, have been contacted after the transportation began contract tracing, according to Metro officials.

Riders are required to wear masks on all transit vehicles in the city, including buses, under the City Council’s mask ordinance.

Metro’s precautions against the spread of COVID-19, as reported by the agency, include:

  • Conducting rigorous daily cleaning of all buses.
  • Applying a chlorinated, sanitizing disinfectant that kills the coronavirus to all buses and surfaces inside buses and facilities, including poles, stanchions, and seats and facilities, including Government Square.
  • Using an electrostatic sprayer which promotes surface adhesion of the disinfectant.
  • Installed plexiglass barriers on-board all buses as an added layer of protection between customers and operators at the farebox.

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