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UPDATED: Yolobus Coronavirus Preventive Measures 03.08.20 8:03 pm

Message Regarding Coronavirus and Yolobus Preventive Measures

Additional Advice Regarding COVID-19 protective measures. March 27, 2020.

In addition to following personal hygiene practices recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)—described on our www.yolobus.com web page, we recommend you consider “social distancing” on the bus (keeping yourself at least at arm’s length away, where possible), if you encounter someone on the bus who appears sick.  But if you are sick, please stay home, to protect yourself and others you might otherwise be around.

The Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD), which oversees Yolobus, has been reviewing guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and recommendations from the American Public Transit Association (APTA)  regarding the Corona Virus, known as COVID-19.

The following are measures being taken on the Yolobus side, as well as some discussion and advice from the CDC regarding things you might wish to consider during this COVID-19 situation.

From YolobusTransdev, our bus contractor. Is doing the following:

·        At least once daily, Transdev personnel are using a disinfectant to clean all major “touch” surfaces on each bus, including door and seat grab rails, stanchions, grab straps, chime cords, fareboxes and other surfaces that riders may touch.

·        Transdev also has a program underway to frequently disinfect other surfaces that its employees encounter, such as door handles, employee break room furniture, counters, telephones, keyboards, ear and mouth pieces, restroom faucet and flush handles and handrails throughout our facility.

·        While neither YCTD nor CDC recommend that healthy people wear a facemask, Transdev does provide them to drivers who desire to wear them as a personal preference.  Some drivers choose to wear them in any cold and flu season.

From CDC:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For more information from CDC, go to www.CDC.gov .


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