Fort Collins Transfort bus drivers test positive for COVID-19

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Two Transfort bus drivers tested positive for COVID-19 this week, Fort Collins officials said Friday.

The bus drivers told the city they’d tested positive on Thursday and Friday. Each driver reported their test result two days after they’d last reported for duty, according to a city news release, and they’ve both been in self-quarantine since they got their results back.

The city isn’t releasing the identities of the drivers to protect their privacy, but they’re releasing information about the routes the drivers worked so any passengers can be aware.

“We wish our colleagues a quick recovery and are keeping them in our thoughts during this time,” Fort Collins Transit Director Drew Brooks said in a news release. “Transfort is taking safety seriously, and we’ve been working to serve the community in accordance with best practices from health authorities.”

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To prevent spread of COVID-19, Transfort has required all passengers to be seated while they ride, wear masks, and board and exit buses from the rear doors. Bus drivers wear PPE while they’re working, and the city disinfects bus interiors each night.

Transfort has also suspended fares and reduced some routes since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are the routes that the drivers with COVID-19 worked in the days leading up to Oct. 8:

  • Oct. 3, #76, Flex Service, 6:24 a.m. to 11:19 a.m.
  • Oct. 5, #96, Horn Service, 6:55 a.m. to 10:44 a.m.
  • Oct. 6, #68, Route 3 and 31, 7:20 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 6, #86, Route 81, 6:37 a.m. to 1:57 p.m.
  • Oct. 7, #96 Horn Service, 6:52 a.m. to 1:44 p.m.

Jacy Marmaduke covers government accountability for the Coloradoan.