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Two more Oahu bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

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Two more drivers of TheBus have tested positive for COVID-19, just about a week after another driver’s positive result was announced, according to city officials.

Both operators confirmed today that they had tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to Oahu Transit Services, which runs TheBus and TheHandi-Van.

The first driver’s last day of work was Oct. 6. The second driver’s last day of work was on Sept. 21. Since both have been out on leave, Oahu Transit Services says there is no exposure to the public or other employees, and declined to disclose the routes they drove.

More than 15 Oahu Transit Services operators have now tested positive for the coronavirus.

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; adding extra buses on busy routes to provide more space for physical distancing; wiping down all touch surfaces on buses and vans with disinfectant daily; and electrostatic spraying of the vehicles nightly. Also, all OTS employees undergo temperature checks daily.

Officials continue to remind the public that only essential trips should be taken on public transit, and that wearing a face covering is mandatory while entering and riding TheBus and TheHandi-Van.

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