The city of Santa Clarita announced Tuesday that one of its contracted bus drivers has died after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
A total of three bus drivers had tested positive for the virus, and the city is working with its contractor, MV Transportation, to ensure all buses are sanitized and deep-cleaned.
“Today, the city of Santa Clarita was notified of three positive cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, among bus drivers with Santa Clarita Transit,” the city stated on its Facebook page. “Sadly, one of the drivers passed away this morning. The city sends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”
Officials with MV Transportation said the driver last worked on Friday and drove commuter trips to North Hollywood and Warner Center. The driver reported becoming ill Saturday and subsequently was hospitalized.
The second bus driver who tested positive also last worked Friday along commuter trips to North Hollywood and The Warner Center, MV officials said. Those two positive tests were reported one day after an MV driver in Santa Clarita tested positive for COVID-19, but that employee has not driven a city bus since March 17.
No further information was provided on the condition of the two surviving bus drivers who tested positive. It was also not immediately clear if there had been any alterations to the MV Transportation bus routes.
MV said it has notified employees who were in close contact with the drivers, and they have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. All vehicles driven by the individuals, workspaces and other areas of operation have received a deep-cleaning.
The substance MV said it is using to clean its buses is an “extra-strength, hospital-grade” disinfectant that has “proven to be effective” against COVID-19, they said.
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