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23rd GRTC employee tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 18:43:37-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A 23rd GRTC employee has tested positive for COVID-19 since March, the transit company announced Saturday.

The case is GRTC's third COVID-19 case for the month of September.

Officials say the employee works with public-facing service duties and was last at GRTC on Monday, September 21. The employee is now quarantined at home with mild symptoms.

"GRTC continues to host periodic on-site, free COVID-19 testing events for staff," a spokesperson for the transit agency said. "GRTC is also offering free flu shots on-site October 6 for all staff."

GRTC says 20 of their 22 positive COVID-19 cases have recovered.

COVID-19 Confirmed Staff Cases To Date:

1st Case: Reported April 6. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

False 2nd Case: Reported April 29, but later determined on May 6 with secondary testing to be a false-positive. Employee, a bus Operator, was cleared by the Virginia Department of Health and is back at work.

Actual 2nd Case: Initial results reported to GRTC on May 3 as an asymptomatic positive test. Secondary test results received on May 6 confirmed the positive result. Employee was on paid sick leave starting on the initial test date of May 2. Employee is a recent hire and has not been involved in public bus service. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

3rd Case: Initial results reported to GRTC on May 2 as negative test. The GRTC employee, a bus Operator, exhibited asthma symptoms on May 7, was relieved from duty to receive medical attention, was re-tested and was reported positive for COVID-19. Employee was treated in a local hospital due to complications from underlying health conditions. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

4th Case: Initial results reported May 6 as an asymptomatic positive test. The employee, a bus Operator, was on paid sick leave since May 6. Secondary test results were received the afternoon of May 8 and confirmed the positive results. The employee was treated overnight at a local hospital and released. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

5th Case: Potential contact with 3rd Case noted May 7. The employee, a bus Operator, was on paid sick leave since May 8, was tested, and confirmed positive for COVID-19 on May 13. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

6th Case: The employee, a bus Operator, was tested on Sunday, May 24 after experiencing mild symptoms starting on Saturday, May 23. The positive test result was returned on Tuesday, May 26. The employee had not been at work since Monday, May 18 and is not suspected to have contracted COVID-19 while on duty. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

7th Case: Confirmed May 27. Case 7 is a part-time bus Operator who had not been at work since May 20. Case 7 has recovered and is back at work.

8th Case: Confirmed May 30. The employee, a bus Operator, was traced by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) as a likely connection to Case 7. The last time the Operator was on duty was May 27. All identified likely contacts with Cases 7 and 8 were contacted, quarantined, and tested in accordance with guidance from VDH. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

9th Case: Confirmed June 1. The employee, a bus Operator, is likely connected to Case 6. The last time the Operator was on duty was May 27. Case 9 was tested on May 28 and received results June 1. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

10th Case: Confirmed June 3. The employee, a bus Operator, is not believed to be connected to any previous staff cases. The last time Case 10 was on duty was May 27; testing occurred on May 30. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

11th Case: Confirmed June 4. The employee, a bus Operator, is not believed to be connected to any previous staff cases. The last time Case 11 was on duty was June 1; testing occurred on June 2. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

12th Case: Confirmed late June 4. The employee is not believed to be connected to any previous staff cases. The last date Case 12 was on duty was June 2; testing occurred on June 4. Case 12 was treated in a hospital because of underlying health conditions.

13th Case: Confirmed June 7. The employee is not believed to be connected to any previous staff cases. The last date Case 13 was on duty was June 5; testing occurred on June 5. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

14th Case: Confirmed June 13. The employee, a bus Operator, is not believed to be connected to any previous staff cases. The last date Case 14 was on duty was June 6; testing occurred on June 11. Case 14 is recovered and is back at work.

15th Case: Confirmed July 20. The employee was last on duty at GRTC on July 10. The employee has no public-facing service functions. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

16th Case: Confirmed July 20. The employee is a contractor for GRTC and has no public-facing service functions. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

17th Case: Confirmed July 26. The employee was last on duty at GRTC on July 23. The employee has no public-facing service functions. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

18th Case: Confirmed July 30. This employee is a contractor for GRTC, was last on duty at GRTC on July 23. This employee has public-facing service functions, and this case is not suspected in connection with any other employee or contractor cases. Employee has recovered and is back at work.

19th Case: Confirmed August 18. This employee was last on duty at GRTC on August 15 and has been quarantined from GRTC. The employee has public-facing service functions.

20th Case: Confirmed August 20. This employee was last on duty at GRTC on August 18 and has been quarantined from GRTC. Case #20 is suspected to be in connection with Case #19 from off-work contact.

21st Case: Confirmed September 1. Case #21 is part of the GRTC workforce with public-facing service duties and was last at GRTC on August 28. The employee is quarantined at home with mild symptoms.

22nd Case: Confirmed September 14. Case #22 is part of the GRTC workforce with public-facing service duties and was last at GRTC on September 9. The employee is quarantined at home with mild symptoms.

23rd Case: Confirmed September 26. Case #23 is part of the GRTC workforce with public-facing service duties and was last at GRTC on September 21. The employee is quarantined at home with mild symptoms.