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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
CAT continues to operate on a modified schedule and with limited bus capacity throughout the week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, CAT fare collection remains suspended and customers should use the rear door of the bus, if possible, to minimize operator and public contact during the health crisis.
We continue to ask that customers only use our services for essential trips, such as getting to medical appointments, work or grocery stores. This is especially important since CAT buses are operating at only 50-percent capacity (between 15-20 passengers) in order to provide passengers more room to spread out and meet social distancing requirements.
In addition, we urge customers to wear masks or face coverings while riding our buses and using our CAT Mobility services, following new recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Chatham County and the city of Savannah currently have mask mandates in effect.)
CAT has also implemented new security and safety protocols at its facilities, which CEO Bacarra Mauldin outlined in a memo to employees.
To help protect the health of customers 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 not essential
CAT’s paratransit service, CAT Mobility, is continuing to operate, but we request that customers only use the service for essential trips since our staffing levels have decreased due to the pandemic.
CAT also urges customers and employees to follow the below recommendations from the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH):
- 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.
- Use use cloth face coverings or masks when in public
CAT has posted information and distributed communications regarding hand-washing techniques and coronavirus FAQs. Staff has also set up additional hand sanitizing stations for employees and customers. In addition, CAT is taking extra precautionary measures using cleaning materials recommended by the CDC to ensure proper antibacterial content is used for cleaning our facilities and transit vehicles.
CAT protocol regarding COVID-19 exposure
When we are notified that an employee or customer has a confirmed case of COVID-19 the following occurs:
- Employee is referred for medical treatment and must follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines prior to returning to work.
- Anyone who is potentially exposed is notified according to contact tracing guidelines issued by local health officials.
- Customers with known cases of COVID are advised to follow current medical guidelines and treatment, and are not permitted to take trips with CAT until they are medically cleared.
- Customers and employees potentially exposed are notified via contact tracing guidelines issued by medical professionals.
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.