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2 StarMetro bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 8:24 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 08:24:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Two StarMetro bus drivers have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to officials, both are fixed-route, daytime operators whose buses served the Azalea and Forest routes.

They said the first bus driver’s last day at work was on Friday, July 24. That driver was tested for the virus on Monday and received a positive result on Wednesday.

The second driver’s last day at work was on Monday, July 27 and tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

Both drivers will quarantine for 14 days and will be allowed to return to work with a doctor’s note or a negative COVID-19 test result.

Upon being notified of the positive test results, the StarMetro says they hired professional services to sanitize and disinfect the buses and other impacted areas.

StarMetro says it has also notified all employees and is working with contact tracers to test other employees who may have had contact with the two who tested positive for the virus.

Along with following CDC guidelines, disinfecting buses in the evening and periodically sanitizing buses during the day, all drivers will continue to wear masks in all StarMetro facilities and protect themselves from direct contact with the public through plexiglass barriers.

Employees will also continue to undergo daily health screenings, StarMetro says.

Passengers are also asked to wear masks.

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