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RTA operator tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 7:42 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 19:42:07-04

CLEVELAND — An employee of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority tested positive for COVID-19, according to the RTA.

The employee, an operator, last worked on March 19. The following day the operator presented flu-like symptoms, called off sick and began self-quarantining. After testing positive for COVID-19, the employee was admitted to the hospital for treatment, RTA said.

RTA said staff disinfected the vehicles last assigned to the operator prior to the next day’s pullout.

"RTA continues to closely monitor the Ohio Governor’s and the Ohio Department of Health’s daily safety recommendations as well as those of the Centers for Disease Control," said RTA CEO and General Manager India Birdsong. "Our number one priority remains protecting our most valued assets – our employees and our customers."

On Thursday, RTA announced it would be taking additional precautions such as using masks and ultraviolet light to protect customers and employees alike from the spread of coronavirus.

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