SCAT driver tests positive for COVID-19

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Sarasota County Area Transit Driver tests positive for COVID-19

SARASOTA COUNTY – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed a positive test result of COVID-19 for a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) driver on Saturday, January 9th.

In consultation with DOH-Sarasota, SCAT has identified the following operational dates and routes served by the affected driver:

  • Route 14, 2:15-7:03 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 5-6.
  • Route 12, 1:45-9:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

DOH-Sarasota is recommending anyone who rode these routes on the dates listed to monitor themselves for possible COVID-19 symptoms.

If a passenger suspects they have been exposed or feels symptoms of COVID-19 they are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider, DOH-Sarasota or visit one of the free state-testing sites located at:

  • 5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota.
  • Robert L. Taylor Center, 1845 34th St., Sarasota

In accordance with operational procedures, SCAT buses are thoroughly sanitized nightly and cleaned throughout the day.

In addition, riders are reminded that fares for SCAT and SCAT Plus services are suspended to limit passenger interactions. Riders should also enter through the rear doors, practice social distancing and wear masks while using SCAT whenever possible.

If someone has COVID symptoms, please do not use SCAT services. SCAT bus operators have been provided facemasks, gloves, hand sanitizer and operational changes.

For more information call the Sarasota County Contact Center at (941) 861-5000, or visit scogv.net or floridahealthcovid19.gov.

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