The Tompkins County Health Department notified TCAT that a person who tested positive for the coronavirus took two short trips on TCAT’s route 30 bus Wed. afternoon, Aug. 26.
Potential exposure may have occurred on Route 30 outbound between 11:51 a.m. and 12:26 p.m. to the Shops at Ithaca Mall and inbound from the mall to the Commons between 2:28 p.m. and 2:51 p.m.
The health department in a press release recommends that anyone riding the bus between those times get tested for the virus at Cayuga Health Sampling Site located at the Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot, 40 Catherwood Rd. Go to cayugahealthsystems.org to register online or call (607) 319-5708.
TCAT urges riders to follow the advice of the health department. The agency has taken precautionary measures by disinfecting the bus (as it does for the entire fleet every day) and the two drivers who drove the bus will be tested for the coronavirus before returning to duty.
TCAT in March started implementing a number of safety protocols, which the agency has and will continue to refine based on New York State mandates and best practices as advised by health and industry experts.
- Requiring riders and front line employees to wear face coverings per executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo
- Promoting social distancing by limiting the number of passengers per bus to 25
- Encouraging good hygiene with the installation of hand sanitizers on all buses
- Adhering to a strict and daily regimen of bus disinfection of the entire fleet
- Requiring all employees to self-monitor and report any symptoms, as well as to undergo a temperature check, before they are allowed to start work either in the office or out in public.
- Going fare free to separate riders from drivers, who sit next to the farebox. TCAT will begin charging fares again on Sept. 6 by which time driver shields will be installed to create a physical barrier between the bus operator and riders.
- Communicating to riders and employees the importance of hand washing, social distancing and self-isolating if they have symptoms of illness.
“Protecting our riders and employees throughout this pandemic remains our top priority,” said TCAT General Manager Scot Vanderpool. “We are grateful that we have strong partnerships with the Tompkins County Health Department, Cornell University and many of our other local stakeholders all of whom are striving diligently to keep our community safe. Together we continue to appeal to everyone on our buses — or anywhere in public – to wear face coverings, to self-monitor for symptoms and to self-isolate and contact medical professionals if they are sick.”
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