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UPDATE: Two passengers may have exposed CATA bus riders to COVID-19

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Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 1:53 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The Ingham County Health Department says two unrelated passengers who have test positive for COVID-19 rode CATA buses prior to their diagnosis.

The health department said one of the individuals was symptomatic at the time and one was not.

The health department said passengers on the affected routes at the indicated times should watch for symptoms and get tested for the virus if possible.

“Both people with COVID-19 did wear a face covering while riding the bus, which reduces the risk, however, transmission is still a possibility,” the health department said in a press release.

“If you feel unwell please do not go out in public unless seeking medical care,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “Face coverings do dramatically reduce the risk for transmission, but they are only one prevention measure. They need to be used appropriately and in conjunction with social distancing and good hand washing.”

The health department said exposure could have occurred on the following routes:

Tuesday, June 30

• Routes 3, 1 and 20

  8:30–10 a.m.

• Routes 3 and 1

  12–1 p.m.

• Routes 3, 1 and 20

  3–4:30 p.m.

• Routes 1 and 12

  7–8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1

• Routes 3 and 1

  12–1 p.m.

• Routes 1 and 12

  7–8 p.m.

Buses that were used on the routes have been disinfected, the health department said.

The health department said it is likely one case had an occupational exposure and the other case is linked to an outbreak occurring in another county.

A free testing event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Walsh Park, 1600 Walsh St. No appointment is necessary.

For more on COVID-19 testing, go to www.michigan.gov/coronavirustest.

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