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Employee of RTC contractor tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 10:27 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 13:40:14-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — An employee of a company that works with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has tested positive for COVID-19.

MV Transportation is one of two contractors that provides drivers for RTC buses, the company says.

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The employee, along with 38 other employees who had come in contact with the employee, were sent home for self-isolation.

It did not specify what role the employees have or the location they work, but MV Transportation says neither the employee or the 38 others sent home as a precaution are in roles that interact with "passengers, the public or transit vehicles" in the Las Vegas valley.

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Read the full statement from MV Transportation sent to 13 Action News below:

Yesterday (3/23), MV Transportation was notified by an employee who supports the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s (RTC) transit system, that they had tested positive for novel coronavirus. MV Transportation is one of two contractors that provides drivers for RTC buses.

This employee self-identified as being ill last Thursday, March 19, and was immediately sent home for self-isolation. At that time, approximately 38 additional employees who had come in contact with the employee were also sent home for self-isolation. The employee, nor any of the additional 38 employees, are in roles that interact with passengers, the public or transit vehicles in service in the Las Vegas Valley.

The safety and wellbeing of the RTC’s passengers and our employees is our foremost consideration. Since the initial coronavirus outbreak, MV began encouraging employees to follow the advice of the CDC and local public health officials and ensure that they wash their hands frequently to prevent the spread of the virus and, when soap is not available, utilize hand sanitizer. This awareness training also included directions to not come to work when sick and to contact their healthcare provider.

Additionally, starting the week of March 2, MV implemented enhanced cleaning protocols that include daily cleaning of all public-facing vehicles supporting RTC service with an extra-strength, hospital-grade disinfectant that has been proven to be effective against viruses like COVID-19. We clean all surfaces that customers and staff come into contact with including seats, seatbelts, seat frames, stanchions, doors, bus interior surfaces, wheel chairlifts and controls, floors and the driver’s area including instrument panel. This same cleaner is used multiple times per day in our facilities.

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