Officials: 3 MBTA bus drivers test positive for coronavirus

BOSTON (WHDH) - Three MBTA bus operators have tested for coronavirus, officials announced Wednesday.

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“We ask the public to keep our employees in their thoughts, and I continue to express my deep gratitude to the women and men of the MBTA workforce who are serving a vital purpose in combatting COVID-19,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said in a news release.

The three confirmed cases were said to be reported on Tuesday.

The MBTA says it has since enacted its COVID-19 outbreak plan to protect its workforce and riders by enacting its facility maintenance protocols to clean and disinfect all exposed work areas, vehicles, and equipment at the Cabot bus facility.

Public health officials are now working to notify anyone who may have come into close contact with the bus operators. Those individuals will then be provided with instructions for self-quarantine.

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Last weekend, the MBTA implemented rear-door boarding on all MBTA buses and trolleys at street-level stops on the Green Line and Mattapan Line in an effort to support social distancing.

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