What's going on?
Public health officials – including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our local Health Departments – are closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus termed “COVID-19”, or Coronavirus. It is a new virus that has not been previously identified by public health officials.
What are the signs of Coronavirus
Symptoms of Coronavirus can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If you experience symptoms, do not wait to visit your doctor and follow their instructions.
How Can You Protect Yourself and Your Family?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19, as well as influenza and the common cold, including:
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands.
What is GTA doing to combat the threat?
Administration and Operations Staff are following developments closely from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control. Also, the American Public Transportation Association is focused on identifying steps transit systems like GTA can take to minimize risk of illness on public transportation. In addition to our nightly servicing of buses, cleaning staff will wipe down handrails and other surfaces with commercial disinfectants and plan for additional wipe downs in between trips at the Depot. Within the next two to three weeks, all GTA, SCAT and HEAT buses will be outfitted with hand sanitizer dispensers for use by riders and operators. Most importantly, we will educate our riders to ensure necessary precautions are taken.
Beginning Monday, March 16, GTA will operate hourly service along normal routes. This will allow time for cleaning and sanitizing of buses between runs throughout the day.
For more information on the Coronavirus, visit the following links:
Centers for Disease Control
GTA Coronavirus News and Updates
City of Greensboro COVID-19 Information and Updates
Guilford County Health Department
NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Coronavirus Page