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PSTA Bus Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19

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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 like they experience symptoms should seek medical advice.

PINELLAS COUNTY – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority received notification Wednesday (June 10) that a bus operator had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The bus operator last reported to work Monday (June 8). The 14 days before that time the operator drove these routes:

  •     Route 23 – June 8
  •     Route 78 – June 7
  •     Route 14 – June 5
  •     Route CAT – June 2
  •     Route 34 – June 1
  •     Route 78 – May 31
  •     Route 14 – May 29
  •     Route CAT – May 26

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 like they experience symptoms should seek medical advice.

The operator is currently under treatment.

PSTA encourages 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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