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ROCHESTER — The Regional Transit Service says one of its drivers tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
The unnamed employee remains under mandatory quarantine at home.
Chief Executive Officer Bill Carpenter said RTS is continuing to do everything it can to keep both their employees and passengers safe.
Two weeks ago, a Para-Transit driver started presenting flu-like systems after visiting a relative in another state.
Soon after the driver returned back to the area, Carpenter says the patient was tested, and the results came back positive for the coronavirus.
Carpenter gave an update on that driver's condition.
"He's well, our employees are well and they've checked with our customers that were with him," Carpenter said.
Both Carpenter and RTS stress the fact that the driver did not operate the 40-foot city buses. He's part of the system's ADA Service. The driver was around the same 11 customers daily.
"The smaller buses. It's more the one on one transportation so we know exactly which customer he was with," Carpenter said.
According to Carpenter, the transit system is currently following New York State Department of Health guidelines to keep the buses clean.
"When a bus comes into the transit center and we switch operators, we have a cleaning crew during the day at the transit center to go in, wipe down all the rails," Carpenter said.
COVID-19 has also affected the system's daily ridership. Passengers have noticed the difference.
"Well I think a lot of people are scared, and they're just following suit like what we're asked to do," Rochester resident Malik Williams said.
Kevin Harty, also of Rochester, agreed.
"Not only is it on the rider, people riding the bus, but the people that you see out front normally has decreased as well," Harty.
Daily numbers of passengers have started to drop drastically since last Thursday. Carpenter says it's mostly due to people now working from home.
"We noticed Friday our regular ridership down 15%. Saturday-Sunday down 15%. Monday it was down about 22%. On Tuesday we got the numbers, and down 37%," Carpenter said.
As far as the driver, Carpenter says the person will return back to work once medically cleared by a doctor.