Sixth Bloomington Transit Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19

(BLOOMINGTON) – A Bloomington Transit (BT) employee received a positive test result of a COVID-19 viral test on Saturday, December 12. 

After first experiencing symptoms Monday, December 7, the employee began isolating on paid leave Tuesday, December 8.  The employee works in the maintenance section of the organization and does not interact with the public in the course of their work.

 An internal contact tracing process conducted in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines has determined that the employee placed no coworkers or members of the public at risk of exposure to COVID-19.  (Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset–or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection–until the time the patient is isolated.)  

Today’s announcement marks the sixth reported COVID-19 diagnosis among BT staff.  The last BT employee to have received a positive result was reported on November 30.  This announcement marks 44 positive COVID-19 viral test results reported by City workers, including those employed by the municipal corporations that operate the water utility (City of Bloomington Utilities) and transit system (Bloomington Transit).  An additional City employee reported a positive COVID-19 antibody test result. 

Together with the City of Bloomington, BT is committed to sharing information about how its operations and workforce are affected by this public health emergency, and will continue to provide updates about confirmed cases among staff while protecting employees’ privacy.

Persons seeking more information on Bloomington Transit services including BT Access may consult the BT website or call 336-RIDE (7433).