Posted: April 27, 2020, Last Updated: Sept. 26, 2020
DART is committed to transparency with its employees, riders and the public as it continues to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. As a result, DART will update this page as it becomes aware of employees testing positive for COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus. We are not releasing employee names or details that could compromise their privacy.
Employee testing at DART
On Tuesday, May 12, 2020 DART held on-site COVID-19 testing for employees. This testing was a proactive measure DART took at the request of its employees and was not mandated by the state. The testing was conducted following a drive-thru testing model in DART’s bus garage and maintenance facility. A total of 187 employees were tested on Tuesday with 95% (178 employees) testing negative and 5% (9 employees) testing positive. These include 6 Fixed Route Bus Operators, 2 Maintenance staff and 1 Paratransit Bus Operator. All 9 employees are currently self-isolating at home, please join us in keeping them in your thoughts and wishing them a speedy recovery.
“Research continues to indicate a high percentage of people can be asymptomatic,” explained DART CEO Elizabeth Presutti. “Clearly it was in the best interest of our employees and riders to test all staff continuing to report for work, identify anyone who is positive, and have them quarantined at home with full pay. While we would prefer zero positive cases, we believe a 5% infection rate indicates the mitigation efforts we have put in place are working.”
Most of the employees who tested positive were not reporting symptoms. Two of the employees who tested positive were sent home earlier in the week when they did not pass the on-site wellness screening all employees are required to complete each day before reporting to work.
DART has notified other employees who may have come into close contact with those who tested positive. We also notified passengers of the Paratransit Bus Operator who tested positive because they are often in close contact due to the nature of this service. As a reminder, we are not releasing names or identifying information about these nine employees for their privacy.
DART quickly implemented a variety of measures to promote the health and safety of our employees and riders. These precautions will continue until further notice, and include:
- Requiring employees to complete wellbeing check before work each day, which includes a temperature check.
- Daily cleaning and sanitizing of all DART vehicles, and common spaces of DART’s facilities.
- Suspending fares and asking riders who can to get on and off buses using the back doors.
- Providing employees with protective materials, including sanitizer, gloves and masks.
- Recommending that all riders wear masks when on board a DART bus, or when waiting for a bus at DART Central Station or at a bus stop with other riders.
- Limiting the number of people inside common areas at DART Central Station.
- Asking riders to only use DART for essential trips.
- Using extra buses during peak travel times to ensure riders can keep their distance from each other while on the bus.
- Asking riders and employees to practice safe social distancing whenever possible.
|DART employees who tested positive for COVID-19|
|Date tested positive||Department|
|1.||Apr. 22, 2020||Maintenance|
|2.||Apr. 27, 2020|
Fixed Route Bus Operator
|3.||Apr. 30, 2020||Maintenance|
|4.||May 2, 2020||Maintenance|
|5.||May 12, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|6.||May 12, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|7.||May 12, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|8.||May 12, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|9.||May 12, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|10.||May 12, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|11.||May 12, 2020||Paratransit Bus Operator|
|12.||May 12, 2020||Maintenance|
|13.||May 12, 2020||Maintenance|
|14.||May 21, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|15.||May 24, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|16.||May 29, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|17.||June 17, 2020||Maintenance|
|18.||July 3, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|19.||July 14, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|20.||July 17, 2020||Paratransit Bus Operator|
|21.||July 28, 2020||Operations staff|
|22.||Aug. 14, 2020||Fixed Route Bus Operator|
|23.||Sept. 26, 2020||Maintenance|
Through Sept. 26, 2020, DART employees have reported 235 negative test results for COVID-19.