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2 more Handi-Van drivers test positive for COVID-19

City officials today confirmed two more TheHandi-Van operators have tested positive for COVID-19.

The first driver received a positive test result on Sunday. The driver last worked on Nov. 19, officials said, and has since been out on travel leave. The second driver received a positive test today. Their last day of work was on Nov. 25.

No employees or riders have been exposed, according to Oahu Transit Services, which runs TheBus and TheHandi-Van.

The latest confirmed cases bring the total number of TheBus drivers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to 20, in addition to five TheHandi-Van drivers.

OTS 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 before their shifts.

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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