Bus riders possibly exposed to COVID-19 after GoTriangle driver works while sick

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Wake County Health officials say a GoTriangle bus driver tested positive for COVID-19 and operated a bus while experiencing symptoms.

It is possible bus riders or other GoTriangle employees were exposed to COVID19 because the driver came to work while symptomatic, officials say.

Officials say the person drove a GoTriangle bus from March 18 to 20 from 5:25 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. and then from 3:05 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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The driver operated a bus along Route 300, which travels between the Regional Transit Center, the Cary train station and the GoRaleigh station. It has stops near SAS and North Carolina State University’s campus.

The worker also drove a bus along Route 305 between Apex at Lake Pine Drive and Waverly Place and the GoRaleigh station.

Wake County officials say because there is community spread of COVID-19 they are not testing people who were potentially exposed.

Instead, they suggest anyone who worked at GoTriangle or rode those routes during that time frame and starts to experience symptoms, should self-isolate for seven days. 

Once symptoms resolve, officials say you should remain at home without fever for three more days.

 If serious illness develops, you should call your primary care provider. If you have trouble breathing, you should call 9-1-1.

Earlier this month GoTriangle started sanitizing buses more frequently because of COVID-19, including fogging buses once a week with a disinfectant.

“We’re making sure we’re taking special precautions on the high touch areas, the things people touch like the pole, the rails — all the things they touch,” said GoTriangle spokeswoman Burgetta Wheeler.

GoTriangle suspended all fare collections and asked riders who are able to enter through the rear doors in an effort to support social distancing.

Wheeler says buses are assigned to routes randomly each day, but on March 5 GoTriangle began daily cleaning routine on including sanitizing the rails, seats and other high-touch areas of every bus with commercial disinfectants daily. 

Many buses actually are cleaned twice a day between the morning and evening peak-hour runs, according to Wheeler.

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