New York City to Test Bus, Subway, and Railroad Employees for Coronavirus

By Kurt Stolz on 11 April 2020
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A subway car on the IRT Flushing Line

New York City has begun taking the temperatures of its bus, subway, and train workers, a move necessitated by the number of Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees who have died from the novel coronavirus.

The MTA is stationing crews referred to as “temperature brigades” at 22 locations to take workers’ temperatures.  Anyone with a reading of 100.4° F (38° C) will be sent home.

The temperature brigades will be able to test over 2,000 people per day, although that only begins to cover the agency’s 50,000 frontline workers.

“One of the best ways to reduce the spread of Covid-19 is to ensure that people who are sick are staying home, out of the transit system and away from work,” said the MTA’s chief safety officer, Patrick Warren.

“Our ‘temperature brigade’ helps reduce risk for everyone, and they are among the thousands of behind-the-scenes heroes at the MTA working hard to fight this formidable pandemic,” Warren said.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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