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TriMet operator tests positive for coronavirus

TriMet believes the operator is its first to be a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Credit: TriMet
TriMet staff uses disinfectant spray on MAX trains. This cleaning is happening nightly, according to TriMet.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A TriMet operator has tested positive for COVID-19, the transit agency said Monday night.

The person works at TriMet’s Merlo facility in Beaverton.

Health experts told TriMet that because the person did not experience symptoms while working and has not been at work since March 20, the risk to other operators and riders is low, according to TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt.

The operator stayed home out of concern that they were getting sick, and the agency is encouraging other workers to do the same.

The facility has been cleaned several times over the past 10 days, Altstadt said. The buses based at that facility have been cleaned as well.

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