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Three additional RTA employees test positive for COVID-19

Eight employees previously tested positive, five of which have made a full recovery and are back at work.

CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has announced in a press release that three additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

All three of the new cases are operators with two assigned in the Hayden District and one to Paratransit.

"The Paratransit Operator last worked on Friday, May 1, while one of the Hayden operators last worked on Saturday, May 2, and the other on Tuesday, May 5," the release states. Staff members who may have been in contact with the infected employees have been notified of the potential exposure.

As of last week, the RTA began to install floor-to-ceiling vinyl dividers between operators and customers on the entire fleet of vehicles to ensure safety for both riders and employees. The vehicles were cleaned and disinfected according to company protocol before returning to service.

This brings the total number of infected employees to 11. Five of the previous eight employees who had tested positive were able to make a full recovery and return to work to assume their normal duties.

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