Five Cincinnati Metro Drivers Test Positive for COVID This Week

This week, Cincinnati Metro has announced five separate operators have tested positive for COVID-19.

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This week, Cincinnati Metro has announced five separate operators have tested positive for COVID-19.

Metro says, "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."

All drivers are quarantining at home.

The most recent report says one operator last provided service on November 16 and 17 on Rt. 17 Seven Hills/Mt. Healthy/Mt. Airy/Northgate from 12:56 to 6:44 p.m. both days.

On Nov. 18, Metro announced two operators had tested positive. Those drivers were last on Rt. 74X Northgate Express via Banning from 6:33 to 8:06 a.m. on Nov. 16 and Rt. 24 Anderson – Uptown from 11:25 a.m. to 6:46 p.m. Nov. 16, as well as Rt. 78 Springdale – Vine/Lincoln Heights from 8:42 a.m. to 4:31 p.m. on Nov. 14. 

Another operator was last on Rt. 85 Riverfront Parking Shuttle from 5:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. on Nov. 16.

And, on Nov. 17, Metro announced an operator had tested positive for COVID who was last operating Rt. 78 Springdale – Vine/Lincoln Heights from 1:09 p.m. to 8:05 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 11.  

Per info provided on Metro's site, it appears 22 operators have contracted COVID since June.

Current measures in place to help protect both the public and Metro operators include:

  • 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.
  • Requiring masks, scarves or other facial coverings while riding.

And asking riders to:

  • Pay fare using Transit App with EZFare for contactless payment.
  • 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.
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