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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 06 March 2020

In a press release, TriMet stated that like everyone, they are "very concerned about the events unfolding around the world and here at home concerning coronavirus." The release continues to say that they are working closely with local, state and national health agencies as well as city, county and other local leaders. They are getting up-to-the-minute updates and direction on necessary steps to take to protect TriMet riders and employees.

"There is much uncertainty about coronavirus, but one thing is certain, preventing the spread will take all of us," the statement continued.

In addition to their regular cleaning procedures, which vary in detail, TriMet has increased the cleaning of our buses and trains as an extra level of precaution. Maintenance teams are cleaning all touchpoint surfaces nightly, wiping them down with a disinfectant. This includes the poles, doors and other surfaces people will touch or hold on to as the vehicles move.  

Despite the cleaning steps they are taking, TriMet stresses that it is important to remember that a surface is only clean until someone touches it, sneezes on it or coughs on it. They urge riders to take precautions to keep themselves and others healthy. 

The public is asked to follow these tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a sleeve or a tissue. If you use a tissue, please discard it in a trash can. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 

Some riders are dependent on transit and may have no other way to get to the doctor or hospital if they are sick. TriMet asks that you call your doctor first before using transit as they may be able to help you without you traveling.

If you must ride, even if you have a cold or allergies and do not have a fever or trouble breathing, please consider using a mask. And, always cover coughs and sneezes and be aware of others.

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