Here's how Seattle transit is being cleaned to limit spread of coronavirus

Mar 12 2020, 6:14 pm

With 234 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in King County, it’s now impossible to ignore the fact that coronavirus is hitting us, hard.

Although Seattle’s Public Schools have closed, folks are being urged to work remotely, and all non-family events in Seattle are canceled, some Seattleites are still reliant on public transit to get groceries or get to work.

If you’re a frequent transit user, you needn’t worry too much about contracting the virus on our buses – they’re getting a nightly deep clean.

Sound Transit has released a statement announcing they’ve updated their vehicle cleaning procedures to include daily disinfecting of all high-touch areas in all of their buses and trains, including stanchions, handrails, windows, ceilings, the driver’s area, seats, and floors.

At the beginning of the month, cleaning crews used a solution of bleach and water but have since upgraded to battery-powered backpack sprayers containing a cleaning solution called Virex II 256, a quaternary-based disinfectant used in healthcare facilities.

According to the King County Metro blog, there has only been one confirmed case of a coronavirus-positive rider. Staff worked actively to identify and contact the 10 people who may have come into contact with the rider, none of whom have experienced symptoms. The drivers of the contacted buses have since completed their self-isolating quarantine.

If you have any concerns or observe a bus or vehicle that needs attention, King County Metro urges you to alert a transit employee right away.

For the latest coronavirus updates, please refer to our COVID-19 news section.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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