METROLift contract driver, METRORail cleaner test positive for COVID-19; agency now has six workers affected

A METRO employee and a contractor have tested positive for COVID-19, the transit provider announced April 2, the fifth and sixth cases announced by the transit provider within the last week. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
A METRO employee and a contractor have tested positive for COVID-19, the transit provider announced April 2, the fifth and sixth cases announced by the transit provider within the last week. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)

A METRO employee and a contractor have tested positive for COVID-19, the transit provider announced April 2, the fifth and sixth cases announced by the transit provider within the last week. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)

A Yellow Cab contractor who drove for METROLift and a METRORail Cleaner have both tested positive for COVID-19, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County announced in a news release April 2.

The confirmation brings the total cases for the agency to five employees and one contractor since March 29, when the transit provider first announced that two of its employees tested positive for the disease.

The contractor provided service on the following dates: March 13-14, 16-17, 19-21, 23-24, 26-27 and was last on the job Saturday, March 28.

METRO is in the process of contacting riders who were on that vehicle within 14 days of the contractor’s last day on the job.

“Those customers should monitor themselves for possible symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as you develop any symptoms, and self-isolate to avoid possibly exposing others, including refraining from using public transportation,” METRO said in its news release.


The METRORail cleaner, meanwhile, was recently hired and just completed training before reporting to work at METRO’s Rail Operations Center last week. The employee had no interaction with the public and was last on the job March 29.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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