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Positive case confirmed in TCAT bus passenger

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Tompkins County health officials say they’ve confirmed a case of COVID-19 in a TCAT passenger who rode bus routes 31 and 43 on Thurs., Oct. 15.

Any potential for exposure would have occurred when they boarded the inbound route 31 near Convenient Care just before 10:30 am and then disembarked at Seneca St. Station around 11.

At noon, the rider boarded the outbound route 43 at Green St. Station and got off the bus just before 1 pm at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) in Dryden.

A review of on-board videos of these routes showed that anywhere from between a few to up to 10 people were riding these buses during these times.

“We will remain vigilant with all of our efforts to protect our riders and employees for however long this pandemic persists,” said TCAT General Manager Scot Vanderpool. “We will get through this so long as we all continue to cover our noses and mouths, practice social distancing and good hygiene, and follow all the other guidelines from health and safety experts.”

Riders are encouraged to get tested out of an abundance of caution.

The following safety measures have also been in place and will continue:

  • 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
  • Installation of driver shields as a physical barrier between bus operators and riders
  • Communicating to riders and employees the importance of hand washing, social distancing and self-isolating if they have symptoms of illness

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