Cincinnati Metro Operator Tests Positive for COVID, Public Who May Have Had Contact Advised to Watch for Symptoms

The driver was last on Rt. 64 Glenway Crossing-Westwood between 1-9 p.m. on Aug. 25 and 1-2:40 p.m. on Aug. 26.

A Cincinnati Metro bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining at home, says the company.

According to a release, the driver was last on Rt. 64 Glenway Crossing-Westwood between 1-9 p.m. on Aug. 25 and 1-2:40 p.m. on Aug. 26. 

"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," Metro says.

They have conducted contract tracing and told other employees who may have had contact with the operator as well. 

Metro asks riders to follow these COVID safety protocols while riding the bus:

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Pay fare using Transit App with EZFare for contactless payment.
  • Stand behind the plexiglass barrier at the farebox.
  • Spread out as much as possible onboard.
  • Observe CDC safety guidelines including using hand sanitizer, washing hands regularly, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

These are the steps Metro is taking to help combat COVID-19:

  • 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.
  • Employing plexiglass barriers on board all buses as an added layer of protection between customers and operators at the farebox.
  • Requiring masks, scarves or other facial coverings while riding.

Multiple Metro operators have tested positive for COVID-19 since buses returned to full service June 28. Learn more at

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