PSTA Bus Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19
A total of 22 PSTA employees have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
PINELLAS COUNTY – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority received notification from a bus operator, that the driver has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
This is the 10th public-facing employee testing positive for PSTA. In total, including non-public facing employees, PSTA has 22 employees who have tested positive for the COVD-19 coronavirus
The bus operator last reported to work Aug. 5. t 5th, 2020. The 14 days before that, the driver only drove Route 52.
PSTA officials said they do not believe any passengers came in contact with the driver, who remained socially distant from all passengers. However, anyone who feels as if they experience symptoms should seek medical advice.
The operator is currently under treatment.
PSTA requires riders to wear protective face coverings while riding and to use transit for essential travel only. Essential travel means taking trips to work, hospitals, health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, food distribution centers, schools, to provide care for family members, and other similar destinations.
In the middle of March, PSTA announced it is enforcing rear-door boarding only, except for those with mobility devices. Rear-door boarding and temporarily going fare-free reduces crowding at the farebox and limits exposure between passengers and bus operators. In addition, bus operators have the discretion to limit the number of riders on their bus to no more than 12 people at a given time. Lastly, PSTA is supplying bus operators with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT AUTHORITY.
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