BART employee tests positive for COVID-19

06.09.20

BART employee tests positive for COVID-19

BART learned this afternoon that an employee in a role that interacts with the public has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee wore a mask and gloves and socially distanced themselves during their shifts prior to the test and is now in quarantine. The last day the employee worked in the public was Sunday.  Our contact tracing shows the employee had no close contact with the public, however spent time in stations and on trains throughout the system. All identified employee contacts have been quarantined for testing.

All BART cars in service are fogged with disinfectant every 24 hours. Touchpoints on cars are wiped down with disinfectant at the end of each run.  Stations are cleaned multiple times each day with touchpoints wiped down at least six times per janitor shift.

This is the first instance of a front-line employee testing positive for COVID-19. Two employees in “behind the scene” roles who tested positive in the past weeks were quarantined and contact tracing was negative.  Both employees have recovered.

BART is complying with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy requirements regarding the sensitive health information of our employees who have tested positive.