3 additional RTA employees test positive for coronavirus; 5 have fully recovered and returned to work

An RTA bus driver sits behind a new protective vinyl barrier to prevent the spread of illness
An RTA bus driver sits behind a new protective vinyl barrier to prevent the spread of illness(RTA)
Updated: May. 11, 2020 at 1:13 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Three additional RTA staff members tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of employees who have had the virus to 11.

According to RTA officials, the three most recent employees are all operators.

Two are assigned to the Hayden District and the third to Paratransit.

RTA officials said the Paratransit operator last worked on May 1.

One of the Hayden operators last worked on May 2 and the other on May 5.

All the vehicles assigned to them have been cleaned and disinfected.

RTA officials added five employees previously diagnosed with COVID-19 have fully recovered and have returned to work.

On April 6, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) started using ultra violet technology (UV-C) to clean high traffic areas, K-9 vehicles and rooms with electronic equipment.

The UV-C equipment is from Daylight Medical of Middleburg Heights and called Moonbeam3.

Moonbeam3 will also be used when a bus or train is removed from service and needs to be disinfected immediately.

“This unit is lightweight and mobile, so our staff can easily transport it to any site. It is safe and plugs into a standard wall outlet. The UV-C rays can disinfect a bus in less than an hour,” said Flounsay Caver, RTA’s Deputy General Manager of Operations.

As of March 9, RTA staff have been cleaning all touchable surfaces with a cleaning agent recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Buses, which carry 85% of the system’s riders, are sanitized at least every 24 hours.

Train cars are also sanitized every 24 hours.

In addition, bus and rail operators and other staff have been given disinfectant wipes to clean their work areas routinely throughout the day.

And, janitors are disinfecting touchable surfaces in all RTA facitilies.

“We want our riders to know that we will clean every bus, every day and that it’s safe to ride RTA. Our mission is to provide safe, reliable, clean and courteous public transportation. With the public’s concern of the spread of this virus, we’re pleased to announce that we’re taking this additional step,” said RTA CEO and General Manager India Birdsong.

Copyright 2020 WOIO. All rights reserved.