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Yolobus Operator Tests Positive for COVID-19 07.16.20 3:51 pm

WOODLAND, Calif. – Yolobus was notified on July 13, 2020 that an employee of Transdev, the contractor that operates transit services for Yolobus, tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine.  The operator has not been at work or driven for Yolobus since July 7th and has reportedly self-quarantined since July 10th.  Due to confidentiality laws, as well as respect for personal privacy, Yolobus is not disclosing the identity of the operator but wants to advise all riders of Yolobus fixed-route and paratransit services of the occurrence.

“We are sending our thoughts for a quick recovery to the operator.  The health and safety of the Yolobus team, our passengers, and the community we serve remains our highest priority,” stated Terry Bassett, Executive Director of Yolobus.  “Face coverings are required for both operators and passengers, limiting the possibility of exposure.  All passengers are asked to wear their own face coverings, but a limited supply is also available on buses for passengers without them.”  

Since the beginning of the pandemic, specific cleaning and disinfection processes have been implemented at Yolobus for an additional layer of safety.  Both bus operators and utility workers wipe down and sanitize touch points between bus trips, and utility workers disinfect buses deployed in service at least once a day using a medical-grade fine mist sprayer like those used at medical facilities.  Transdev has also doubled the frequency of the misting process used to treat buses after they come back from morning peak hour service.

“We have rigorous processes and protocols in place to protect passengers and employees that not only meet, but often exceed the Center for Disease Control guidelines,” explained Bassett.  “This vigilance for health safety is our top priority, since COVID-19 is still in our collective midst.  In addition, all buses at Yolobus have clear plastic or plexiglass barriers installed at the operator compartment to aid with social distancing and operators have the option of wearing face shields in addition to required face coverings.”

The operator will not be eligible to return to work until medically cleared.  This is the first known Yolobus case of COVID-19.  Transdev has notified others who may have had prolonged contact with the operator so that they may be cognizant of developing symptoms.

"If members of the public have concerns that they may have come into contact with the affected operator, we advise closely monitoring their health and following all CDC guidelines, including contacting a medical professional should they develop symptoms," added Bassett.  “For everyone’s safety, passengers are required to wear a face covering in order to ride Yolobus.”

The following are dates, bus numbers, routes and start times of trips the Yolobus operator worked since June 27th:

 

As an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, Yolobus takes its rider’s health and the health of the Yolobus team seriously. In order to protect the health and safety of everyone, please follow these guidelines until further notice:


Yolobus Rider Guidelines During COVID-19 Pandemic (Effective June 8, 2020) 

1.    Stay home if you’re not feeling well.

2.    Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

3.    Bring and use your own hand sanitizer and face cover.  All passengers and drivers must wear face covers.

4.    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

5.    Cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash.  If you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow.

6.    During the pandemic, in our effort to provide some social distancing, we encourage a limit of 15 riders on two-door transit buses and 26 riders on single door buses, plus the driver, on fixed route services.  We also ask our passengers to try to leave every other seat on their bus vacant.  Exceptions may be made for families or groups traveling together.

7.    Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people, where possible.

8.    Standees are not allowed on any bus, except families or groups traveling together on two-door transit buses.

9.    Subject to driver and bus availability, Yolobus may provide extra buses to offer additional capacity, once the seating limit is reached, but we cannot guarantee it.

10.  All drivers will deploy and use the sneeze shield at the driver compartment or wear a face shield.

11.  It is our intention to frequently wipe down touch surfaces on buses used in service each day.

12.  In addition to cleaning the touch surfaces as described above, buses used in service are disinfected at least once a day.

13.  We advise riders who are age 65 or over or who have pre-existing medical conditions that pose a risk with COVID-19 not to ride the fixed-route bus during the pandemic, but to instead call our paratransit number to register and arrange for their ride, subject to driver and vehicle availability, or to arrange alternative means of travel.

14.  Customers who remain uncomfortable using public transportation during the pandemic should consider an alternative means of travel, such as carpooling or another form of ridesharing.

 
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