Hampton Roads Transit employee tests positive for COVID-19

(Southside Daily file)
(Southside Daily file)

A Hampton Roads Transit employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

This is the first HRT employee to have a confirmed case of the virus.

The person is employed in the light rail division, HRT said in a news release.

The individual last reported to work on March 17 and is now in quarantine.

HRT officials say that at this time no one who may have been in contact with the employee has reported showing any symptoms.

The employee’s name is not being released.

In an announcement on Sunday, HRT said it has taken aggressive steps to protect the safety of its transit operations once the pandemic was identified, a spokesperson said. 

All buses, light rail vehicles, transit centers, ferries, and administrative offices are cleaned daily with disinfectants.

Starting Tuesday, HRT will reduce the number of bus routes it runs and decrease the time they provide service. 

Light rail and ferry services are also stopping earlier in the day and providing less frequent service.

Seats in bus operations are being tied up to increase the amount of social distance between operators and customers, while bus patrons are being asked to exit from the rear of the vehicle. 

Regular paratransit services are in place but have seen a sharp decline as customers practice social distancing.

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