TARTA is joining other Ohio transit authorities in urging Governor DeWine to include public transportation workers in phase one of the stateâs vaccine distribution plan. The Authority is also willing to help facilitate the vaccine distribution and transport residents to vaccination sites.
Since the early days of the pandemic, TARTAâs fixed bus routes and paratransit service never stopped running. Even as COVID rates rise and local Stay-At-Home orders are issued, TARTA continues transporting residents to necessary medical treatments and essential frontline workers toÂ their jobs in health care, education, utilities and at grocery stores.Â
Public transit workers have been designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, whose performance of critical functions places them at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 infection.
This week, TARTA confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 among its employees. All of these employees hold administrative positions and have no interaction with the public.
Since March 2020, there have been 24 TARTA employees with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
TARTA is complying with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy requirements regarding the sensitive health information of employees who have tested positive. TARTA informs the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department of all confirmed cases of COVID-19.
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