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Akron METRO RTA bus driver tests positive for COVID-19, passengers urged to monitor themselves for symptoms

Officials say the bus operator was last at work on April 22.

AKRON, Ohio — Akron METRO RTA officials are urging bus passengers to monitor themselves for possible coronavirus symptoms if they were on any of the following routes after a bus operator tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Route #1: IB 10:30 a.m.; OB 1 p.m.; IB 2 p.m.; OB 4:25 p.m.; IB 5:32 p.m.
  • Route #2: OB 11:20 a.m.; IB 12:21 p.m.; OB 2:50 p.m.; IB 3:49 p.m.

The driver, who tested positive Thursday, was last at work the day before on April 22. Officials say the driver had the routes listed above within the last two weeks.

Passengers who may have been on those routes are asked to contact their doctor if any symptoms develop and to self-quarantine for two weeks to slow any possible spread.

The driver is currently quarantined, and METRO employees have been notified. All buses driven by the employee have been thoroughly scrubbed and sanitized, officials said.

“Safety is our highest priority,” said Executive Director Dawn Distler. “We have gone to great lengths to protect our hardworking team members and the residents of Summit County as best we can. We do not know when, where, or how the bus operator contracted the virus, but we do know we will continue doing everything in our power to prevent its spread.”

Akron METRO officials said they have switched to “stronger cleaning solvents” with team members disinfecting bus interiors throughout the day.

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