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April 4, 2020

MEDIA STATEMENT: MST Contractor, MV Transportation, Confirms a Driver Has Contracted COVID-19

On Thursday, April 2, MV Transportation, a private company that provides services on behalf of Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST), was notified by an employee that they had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).  This employee who had been working as a driver for the MST RIDES program, self-identified as being ill this Monday, March 30, and began self-isolation. The last time the individual was in an MV facility interfacing with other employees and passengers was Sunday, March 29. MST and MV have identified the individual driver, other MV employees, and MST RIDES passengers who came in to close proximity and risk exposure per CDC guidelines over the previous four days. Contact information for these individuals was immediately reported to the Monterey County Department of Health.

All MV and MST employees have been notified and specific employees who had come in close contact with the employee have been sent home for self-isolation. Each MST RIDES passenger who was in possible close proximity exposure to the employee, according to CDC guidelines, over the previous 4 days have been contacted by Monterey County Department of Health and advised to self-isolate and call their healthcare provider if they exhibit symptoms.

The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and employees is the foremost consideration of both MV and MST. To that end, we have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols to include more than daily cleaning of vehicles with an extra-strength, hospital-grade disinfectant that has been proven to be effective against COVID-19.  Surfaces that customers and staff come into contact with, including but not limited to seats, seatbelts, seat frames, stanchions, doors, bus interior surfaces, wheelchair lifts and controls, floors and the driver’s area are regularly cleaned.  This same cleaner is used within transit facilities.

All vehicles driven by the individual who tested positive, workspaces, and other areas of the operation have received additional deep cleaning above and beyond MST’s enhanced cleaning regimen since notification.

MST and MV will not share personally identifiable information of employees, contractors, or customers out of respect for individual privacy and in keeping with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) protections.

For more information about MST and our response to the COVID-19 pandemic please visit us online at www.mst.org

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