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RTA operator tests positive for COVID-19

The employee was last at work on March 19th

CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland RTA has confirmed their first positive case of Covid-19.

The RTA says the employee, who is an operator, was last at work on March 19th.

They say the employee had flu-like symptoms and went into self-quarantine the next day. The employee was later admitted into the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

"We're all hoping for a quick recovery, and we send our operator all our best wishes," said RTA CEO and General Manager India Birdsong in a release.

"We are reminding staff of the importance of self-monitoring their health .Staff are asked to take their temperatures each day prior to reporting to work and to stay home if registering a fever of 100.4, or if they have flu like symptoms” adds Birdsong. “Additionally, we have been reminding employees about the importance of washing hands and other safety measures. Finally, if employees have flu-like symptoms or respiratory illness, they are instructed to stay home and contact their doctor immediately."

The RTA says they clean and disinfect their busses and trains every day focusing on touchable surfaces. They have also begun using an ultraviolet disinfection system as part of their cleaning protocol.

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