103 MBTA Employees Test Positive For COVID-19


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The MBTA has confirmed that 103 employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

This includes 52 bus operators, four subway motor persons, and five trolley motor persons.

Since the start of the crisis, one MBTA employee has died and six employees have recovered after testing positive.

The MBTA said they are working to provide more protection for their employees, and have given out masks, sanitizer, protective eyewear, and gloves. They also said the T will work with unions to "identify additional actions for the protection of employees."

Employees are also able to be tested for COVID-19 at the Gillette Stadium testing site for first responders. "On average, about thirty employees are being tested daily at the Foxboro facility," the MBTA said.

The T is also taking employees' temperatures at about a dozen key bus and subway locations. "Any person with a temperature reading over 100 degrees is asked to leave the property immediately and contact her/his health care provider," the MBTA said in a statement.

The T will continue with rear-door boarding on buses and trolleys at street-level stops, as well as disinfecting all of their vehicles.

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