Second Hampton Roads Transit employee tests positive for coronavirus

Posted at 8:29 PM, Apr 15, 2020

NORFOLK, Va. - A second Hampton Roads Transit employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

An HRT spokesperson confirmed to News 3 that the employee who tested positive is a bus operator on the Southside. After the driver tested positive, they were asked to stay home and self-quarantine.

In an effort to trace possible exposure and prevent any future cases, the spokesperson said any HRT employee who has had contact with the driver who tested positive was also sent home to self-quarantine. The spokesperson was unable to confirm exactly how many employees were sent home as a result of this positive case.

The spokesperson added that HRT is still trying to maintain extensive cleaning/preventative methods and said that they have recently put in an order for more masks that will be distributed to staff, although supplies are difficult to come by in large quantities.

HRT announced on March 29 that an employee of Hampton Roads Transit's light rail division has tested positive for COVID-19. This was the first employee to have a confirmed case of the virus.

The Virginia Department of Health has been notified of the second positive case.

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