Update on Lextran’s Healthy on Board – Phased Recovery Plan

On Wednesday August 19, Lextran and its contracted paratransit provider, WHEELS, received notification that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19. WHEELS is working in coordination with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to perform contact tracing and proper notification to all other employees who were known to be in close contact with the operator. Due to the individualized nature of paratransit service, they will also perform notification to members of the public who were in close contact with the operator.

Since the beginning of this pandemic, there have been four employees from Lextran’s fixed-route (mainline) service who have tested positive for COVID-19, in addition to the employee identified yesterday. In each case, Lextran has worked in conjunction with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to contact and notify all potentially exposed individuals and provide quarantine directives if necessary. None of the positive cases have been the result of a known workplace exposure.

“Anytime there is a positive case amongst our workforce it is a cause of concern, and our first and most important thought is for the health of our employees and passengers as well as their families,” Carrie Butler, Lextran’s General Manager, said on Thursday. “However, I am extremely proud of our efforts to keep our employees and riders safe, that we’ve kept people employed at a time when we’ve seen record numbers of unemployment, and that we’ve been able to continue providing essential transit service to our community throughout this pandemic.”

In addition to requiring facial coverings for all passengers and employees, Lextran is also performing daily health screenings when employees report for duty. Onboard capacity has been reduced, rear-door boarding is in effect, and passenger fares have been waived to allow for social distancing. Information about the number of riders can be found on the MyStop app and on Lextran’s website. Lextran continues to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and federal Department of Transportation for the daily cleaning and disinfecting of their vehicles using EPA-approved products and accepted industry practices.

Lextran continues to ask passengers to use service for essential trips, assess their own health prior to riding, and avoid transit if they are ill or possibly exposed to COVID-19.