Second Rapid Transit driver tests positive for COVID-19

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A second driver for Rapid City’s Rapid Transit System (RTS) has tested positive for COVID-19.

The driver’s last shift was on Saturday, May 16, and the individual didn’t work last week after developing a gastro-intestinal condition. The individual sought medical attention and was tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 20.

The transit employee was then notified that they tested positive for COVID-19, at which point they alerted their RTS supervisor Saturday night, (May 23).

Today, RTS officals notified the South Dakota Department of Health of the positive test and also contacted other RTS employees who may have had contact with the driver. The employees are being asked to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and to stay home to follow protocols while seeking medical advice if symptoms do arise.

“Transit officials indicate the driver used a face mask while working and driving on the routes,” said Mayor Steve Allender.  “We want to assure the public that the driver practiced and followed social distancing, hand washing and disinfecting guidelines and protocols. We reached out to the Department of Health with the information. We are also sharing with the public the driver’s time line and routes in the week prior to his leaving work so anyone who may have been on the driver’s routes during the specific days and times can monitor for symptoms.”

Rapid City officials indicate that the employee drove RapidRide routes during the week of May 11-16, before his absence. He didn’t drive in the Dial-a-Ride system.

The driver worked during the following times:

Monday, May 11        2:30-5:50 p.m.             Coolidge Route

Tuesday, May 12        2:30-5:30 p.m.             Jefferson Route

Wednesday, May 13   2:30-5:50 p.m.             Lincoln Route

Thursday, May 14       2:30-5:50 p.m.             Roosevelt Route

Friday, May 15           2:30-5:30 p.m.             Washington Route

Saturday, May 16       9:30 a.m.-5:10 p.m.     Jefferson Route

Officials are not planning to reduce or suspend RapidRide or Dial-a-ride operations at this time. Drivers will continue to follow social distancing and hygiene protocols such as the mandatory wearing of face masks.

The other RTS driver tested positive on May 16, and will remain in self-quarantine until early June.

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