Special Update from Paul J. Wiedefeld, General Manager/CEO regarding COVID-19 Positive Result
Safeguarding the health and safety of our employees and customers is of paramount importance to Metro. Today, we were notified that a Metro Transit Police Officer tested positive for COVID-19. We are working closely with the CDC and local health organizations to both monitor the individual and to take precautions to ensure that colleagues in Metro's District II police facility near Franconia-Springfield, and any areas where the Officer may have patrolled, have been cleared as safe for employees and customers.
In response to this notification, Metro has done the following in the interest of the safety of its employees and customers:
• Contacted local health organizations to notify them of the contact.
• Isolated and ensured appropriate medical care for the individual with COVID-19.
• Cleaning and disinfecting in accordance with applicable health authority guidance.
• Assisting health authorities in identifying whether any other individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Please understand that Metro must treat information about such individuals confidentially, and we cannot provide specific information about another person’s illness or circumstances. However, we have informed appropriate health authorities and we are following all guidance and directives that authorities have issued.
In light of this potential exposure, we are asking all employees at the District II police facility to vacate and remain away from the area while we conduct an environmental cleaning, consistent with the guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting suggested by the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The police officer is in home isolation and we are maintaining contact as the patient recovers. As we continue to monitor the well-being of our employees, we will provide updates as information develops.