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CAT encouraging customers to practice social distancing
Posted on March 17, 2020
Savannah, Ga. – Chatham Area Transit is encouraging customers to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
To help protect the health of riders and CAT employees, customers are asked to abstain from using CAT services if:
- They have a fever
- They have traveled out of the country
- They have a new cough
- They have COVID-19 or a known exposure to the virus
- The trip is routine in nature
At this time, CAT’s paratransit service, CAT Mobility, is continuing to transport customers for necessary trips, but requests that riders at increased risk schedule elective trips when the general environment is safer.
CAT Mobility customers can schedule or reschedule an appointment or get in touch with CAT for any reason by calling (912) 233-5767 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. CAT has designated a new after-hours number for CAT Mobility customers to call after 8 p.m., Monday-Friday. The temporary number is 912-651-0490. The number also should be used after for 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The circumstances with COVID-19 are constantly evolving, and CAT will continue to follow the most current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) to make changes that are appropriate for the protection of passengers and employees.
To help prevent the spread of the virus, CAT also urges customers and employees to follow the recommendations from the CDC and DPH listed below:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
CAT has posted information, distributed internal communications and created a web page, www.catchacat.org/media/coronavirus-covid-19-information, regarding coronavirus preventative measures and coronavirus FAQs. Staff has also set up additional hand sanitizing stations for employees and customers. In addition, CAT is taking extra precautionary measures to ensure proper antibacterial content is used for cleaning our facilities and transit vehicles.
For more information regarding the virus, go to The GDP Coastal Health District’s website at www.gachd.org/emergency-prep/covid-19-preparedness-response/.
Additional information can be found on the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html