5 GRTC employees test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 5:00 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 18:03:01-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Five GRTC employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the transit company announced on Wednesday.

During the past week, more than half of the GRTC workforce were voluntarily tested for COVID-19. Out of the out of 273 employees tested, five are now confirmed positive.

For clarity, this is the list of COVID-19 case reports to date:

The first case was reported on April 6. The employee has since recovered and is now back to work.

On April 29, a second case was reported that was then determined to be a false positive on May 6.

On May 6, an actual second case was confirmed. The employee remains on paid sick leave.

On May 7, an employee exhibiting asthma symptoms was relieved from duty to receive medical attention, was re-tested after testing negative earlier that week, and was reported positive for COVID-19. They are on paid sick leave while being treated in a local hospital due to complications from underlying health conditions.

The fourth case was reported on May 6 and confirmed on May 8. The employee is asymptomatic and is on paid sick leave.

A fifth case was reported on May 13. According to GRTC, the employee potentially had contact with the employee from the third case noted May 7. The employee, a bus operator, has been on paid sick leave since May 8, was tested, and confirmed positive for COVID-19 on May 13. The employee currently has mild symptoms.