We learned today that an administrative employee at VIA has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and is recovering at home. Two administrative employees and seven VIA operators have tested positive for the virus to date. Our last positive test, before today, was reported on April 28. VIA Metropolitan Transit is in contact with each of these employees and/or their families as they recover and doing what we can to support them during this time.
The team member whose test results were reported today works in VIA’s Workers’ Compensation Office at the VIA Metro Center (VMC) and has had little to no contact with the public in their administrative role. They last reported for work on May 12 and consulted their family doctor on May 18, upon experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, as per VIA’s contagious virus protocol for employees that’s designed to limit exposure to others when followed. It’s not known how they contracted the virus. Their work area and areas within the building they may have visited in the days prior to May 12 have been cleaned and disinfected.
We are in the process of notifying persons who may have been in close contact with the employee, including co-workers and others.
We are continuing system-wide cleaning and safety protocols and following recommended precautions to keep our patrons and employees safe, which includes gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes for operators. We have installed protective shields for drivers and are administering temperature checks for all employees when they arrive at work. Employees and customers are required to wear a face covering while aboard a VIA vehicle or at a VIA facility, where proper social distancing may not be possible. We’ll continue to monitor this situation and determine possible next steps. Additional information about VIA’s coronavirus response and prevention efforts are available on this page below.