Apr 15, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO - RTA has been notified that two additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19, a Paratransit operator and an employee, stationed at our Woodhill facility.

The Paratransit operator last worked on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and was symptom-free.

On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the operator followed our protocol by calling off sick, after displaying flu-like symptoms. The employee was subsequently tested and found to have the virus.

Following our COVID-19 protocol, our Facilities Maintenance staff cleaned and disinfected the vehicle last assigned to the employee, prior to being returned to service.

Additionally, we received word yesterday, that a non-customer facing, Woodhill employee tested positive for COVID-19. The Electronic Repair team member last worked on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, but called off work the following day after displaying symptoms. At that time, the Electronic Repair lab was cleaned and disinfected, including all touchable surfaces, with a CDC-approved solution.

Upon receiving notice yesterday of the positive COVID test result, the Woodhill Electronic Repair department was relocated to an alternate work location within the Woodhill facility. The Electronic Repair lab was cleaned and disinfected with CDC approved chemicals. The Authority’s new Moonbeam 3, ultraviolet, mobile disinfector was also used to supplement these efforts.

RTA reported these cases to the Cleveland Public Health Department, who determined both employees were not contagious while at work. 

Seven RTA employees have now tested positive for COVID-19.

Our thoughts and well wishes go out to both our employees, and all in our community that been touched by this virus.

Media Contact:

Linda Scardilli Krecic 
216-356-3104 (office)
216-390-9605 (cell)