RMU shuttle driver tests positive for COVID-19


Soundharjya Babu

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An RMU shuttle driver has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to an email sent to students.

RMU’s shuttle service, The Pittsburgh Transportation Group, informed RMU on March 22 that a driver has tested positive for COVID-19.

Shuttle services are currently suspended as a result. The driver’s most recent shifts were on March 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m on the All-Nighter Shuttle, which goes from Yorktown Hall to campus to the Wal-Mart on University Boulevard.

Any students who rode the shuttle during this time are advised to monitor themselves for the next five to seven days for the following symptoms:

– Fever

– Dry cough

– Shortness of breath

Students who rode the shuttle are currently at low risk for infection. The Pittsburgh Transportation Group has implemented several precautions since March 6 to help stop the COVID-19 spread. This includes the following:

– Beginning March 6, the company implemented pre- and post-shift sanitizer wipe downs of all high-touch surfaces.

– Beginning March 9, the drivers’ break room was closed

– Beginning March 11, the company instituted deep cleaning procedures on all vehicles using hospital-grade sanitizers in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Anyone experiencing symptoms can contact their personal care physician or visit the UPMC AnywhereCare app.