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Honolulu city bus driver tests positive for coronavirus

City officials today confirmed that another Honolulu bus driver has tested positive for COVID-19.

It is the 12th coronavirus case for Oahu Transit Services, which operates TheBus and TheHandi-Van, according to a city spokesman.

TheBus driver informed OTS today of the positive COVID-19 test. Officials said the operator has not been at work since Oct. 18 and there has been no exposure to the public or other employees.

TheBus officials say they have taken steps to reduce the risk of infection while riding or operating a transit vehicle.

Those steps include installing plastic curtains on all buses to provide a barrier between drivers and passengers as they board; extra buses added on busy routes to provide more space for physical distancing; all touch surfaces on buses and vans wiped down daily with disinfectant; and electrostatic spraying nightly on buses. Also, all OTS employees undergo temperature checks daily.

Wearing a face mask or covering is mandatory on TheBus and TheHandi-Van.

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