ATLANTA — With two coronavirus cases confirmed in Fulton County, MARTA said it is monitoring the situation to keep customer and employees safe.
The transit authority said it is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Public Transportation Association.
"MARTA will continue to thoroughly clean its facilities, rail stations, buses, and trains, with a focus on high touch areas such as handrails, elevator buttons, escalators, and Breeze machines," officials said in a news release. "Antibacterial and antiviral cleaners are used in the clean-up of bodily fluids."
They are also asking customers to notify them if you see something on a bus, train, or at a MARTA facility that needs attention.
"Local health authorities have emphasized that widespread transmission of the virus is not occurring, but are planning response measures for the scenario of more cases," the statement reads. " MARTA is working with health and transportation officials to plan for an increased response should one become necessary."
Gov. Brian Kemp held a late night news conference Monday confirming the state's first two cases, which were in the same household in Fulton County. Public health officials said Tuesday the cases are a 56-year-old man who returned on Feb. 22 from a work trip to Milan, Italy, and his 15-year-old son.
The household also includes a wife and 12-year-old second child who are "slightly symptomatic" and are being monitored. They have not yet been tested. The officials said they are not concerned about the potential spread of the illness by the children in a school, for instance, because the two children are homeschooled.
Along with health officials, MARTA is also encouraging thorough handwashing and avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes with unwashed hands.
Tips for preventing the spread of the virus have been distributed to MARTA employees and placed in all MARTA facilities, they said.
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For any concerns, customers can use the MARTA Police Department See & Say app to report an issue directly to MARTA's Emergency Preparedness Unit.
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