The Santa Barbara Metro Transportation Department confirmed on Tuesday, Sept. 8, that a bus driver had tested positive for Covid-19. The employee had been working as a bus operator and began feeling unwell after work on the evening of Friday, Sept. 4. The employee has not worked since, has self-isolated and was last in contact with other employees and the public in the early afternoon of Sept. 4. 

The driver wore a required face covering throughout their shift per MTD and County Public Health requirements. MTD has conducted thorough contact tracing. The driver conducted the following routes 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic: Thursday, Sept. 3, Line 23 (El Encanto Heights) from 5:50 a.m. to 6:10 a.m., Line 11 (UCSB) from 6:10 a.m. to 7:28 a.m., Line 6 (Goleta) from 7:30 a.m. to 8:23 a.m., Lines 1 and 2 (West SB & East SB) from 10:40 a.m. until 3:25 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 4, Line 23 (El Encanto Heights) from 5:50 a.m. to 6:10 a.m., Line 11 (UCSB) from 6:10 a.m. to 7:28 a.m., Line 6 (Goleta) from 7:30 a.m. to 8:23 a.m., Lines 1 and 2 (West SB & East SB) from 10:40 a.m. until 3:25 p.m. The Unit numbers of buses driven are: 624, 900, 901, 910.

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