Greenville bus driver tests positive for coronavirus

A City of Greenville employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced Tuesday.

According to city leaders, the employee is a driver for the GREAT bus transit system and last worked on Thursday. The employee operated a bus on Route 6 from April 6-9, but did not begin experiencing symptoms until the weekend. Route 6 serves approximately 150 to 200 riders each day.

City officials are asking anyone who traveled on Route 6 during the April 6-9 timeframe to monitor their condition. If coronavirus symptoms occur, individuals are asked to self-isolate for seven days from the onset of symptoms. Common symptoms include a fever of 100.4 or higher, cough and difficulty breathing. If serious illness develops, individuals are encouraged to call their primary care provider.

Officials add that employees who might have come into contact with the driver have also been asked to monitor their conditions.

The City of Greenville says it values the health and safety of all employees and residents and has been following federal guidance for public transit since early March. Steps taken thus far include:

  • The reduction of routes from six routes to three.
  • The elimination of fares to limit interaction between drivers and riders.
  • The loading and unloading of passengers from the rear of buses to reduce exposure.
  • The cleaning of buses two times per day.
  • Signage on buses about germs and social distancing.
  • The suppliance of personal protective equipment for drivers.

City officials say they will continue to work closely with the Pitt County Public Health Department in taking steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19.