Covid plagues mass transit, leading to staff shortages, service disruptions

1/8/2022 2:30:00 AM

Mass transit systems around the U.S. are having to cut back services because of Covid, which is taking a toll on their workforces.

Mass transit systems around the U.S. are having to cut back services because of Covid, which is taking a toll on their workforces.

Mass transit systems around the U.S. are having to cut back services because of Covid, which is taking a toll on their workforces.

Some public transportation systems, including those in Atlanta and Portland, Ore.CDC director stands by new guidance, despite criticism Link Share to Twitter Email this article Dr.A sign reminding students to wear face masks and follow a set directional pattern are seen in the stairway of a Boston high school in February 2021.6:56PM ET Jeff Kowalsky/Getty A panel of advisers convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that teenagers ages 12 to 15 receive booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to re-up their immunity as the more contagious Omicron variant surges across the country.

, will start reducing services next week A commuter waits for a subway train at a station in Brooklyn, New York City, on Dec.20, 2021.S.Ed Jones / AFP - Getty Images Jan.Health experts say school districts should be wary of some of the masks provided by the state to protect teachers, students and staff from the coronavirus’ highly transmissible omicron variant.7, 2022, 8:48 PM UTC / Jan." The CDC updated its guidelines on Dec.7, 2022, 9:30 PM UTC By Deon J.are fully vaccinated and thus eventually eligible for the booster shot.

Hampton The start of a new year has done little to slow the crippling effects of the pandemic weighing on U.In a scathing statement released Wednesday night, the American Medical Association (AMA) said the new recommendations"are risking further spread of the virus.And some educators and district officials say concerns around the masks, delays in testing, and other supply issues on the state’s watch have made their task more complicated.S.public transit systems battling reduced services, Covid-related staffing shortages and slumping ridership.Instead, the new recommendations on quarantine and isolation are not only confusing, but are risking further spread of the virus," the AMA's president, Dr.Cities such as Portland, Oregon, Atlanta and Washington, D.But in a message sent to superintendents early Wednesday morning, state Education Commissioner Jeff Riley acknowledged that isn’t universally true.C.Harmon, said in the statement.

, are reducing mass transit services as their employees contract the coronavirus and are unable to work.In Portland, the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, known as TriMet, plans to cut bus service by nearly 10 percent starting Sunday as it grapples with its largest staffing shortage in history." But Walensky defended the new guidance, telling ABC News' Cecelia Vega in an interview Friday on"Good Morning America" that the CDC"make[s] these recommendations in the context of science, in the context of ongoing epidemiology and in the context of what is feasible in collaboration with our public health and local and state public health partners.Teachers and parents who received masks can tell the difference by checking the bags they came in, or the cards that accompanied them: the less-effective masks are labeled for “non-medical” use.Officials confirmed on its website that it would reduce 20 of its 84 bus lines to help “schedule reliability as TriMet works to build bus operator ranks during a national worker shortage.” Jan." ABC News Dr.7, 2022 02:18 The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said it would reduce its weekday bus service to a weekend schedule beginning next week to"ensure customers who rely on Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess for transportation have a more reliable schedule,” CEO Paul Wiedefeld said in a statement.“I’d be really concerned about relying on them as a strong line of defense," he said.

"Metro employees live in some of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic and are exposed to the surge in the region and throughout the nation,” he said.7, 2022.In the South, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority announced on Twitter this week that select trains could be canceled because of staffing shortages and advised customers to allow extra time for their trips.Earlier this week, the United States surpassed 1 million new coronavirus cases in a single day, and cities have been grappling with staffing shortages in public transportation in different ways."So by five days after your symptoms, the vast majority of your contagiousness is really behind you," she said.The letter didn’t apologize for the mix-up, adding that the masks — regardless of their label — “remain effective” and that “the use of the KN95 masks is voluntary, and staff should be aware that their choice of masks is ultimately a personal decision.Covid-19's impact has taken a toll on the travel industry and mass transit since the U.S.And that means not going out to restaurants, not going out to gyms, not going out and visiting grandma, but really conscientiously wearing your mask for those last five days.

first shut down nearly two years ago." Hackett's team had opted to keep schools closed on Monday to come out of the break without"mayhem": rapid tests that the state ordered for staff ended up arriving days late, leaving little time for distribution.In the Midwest, the Chicago Transit Authority doesn’t plan on cutting services but officials acknowledged occasional challenges in providing all bus and rail routes on certain days when a high number of employees call in sick, which can lead to longer wait times.But it's not required.But not every U.S.But if that test is negative you should go out and continue to wear your mask," she said.’ ” Kinsella was frustrated at having inadvertently given teachers and students a false sense of is experiencing such setbacks.

Transportation officials in Des Moines, Iowa, said they aren't reducing services and that its public bus system is operating at or near capacity with 111 full-time bus drivers." Florida allowed up to 1 million COVID-19 tests to expire, official says Link Share to Twitter Email this article Florida allowed up to a million COVID-19 rapid test kits to expire last month, according to Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie.“Ridership is climbing back up." “We all make mistakes — all of us.It’s not fully recovered, but slowly making its way back up,” said Erin Hockman, spokeswoman for Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority."We had between 800,000 and 1 million test kits -- Abbott rapid test kits -- in our warehouse that did expire," Guthrie told reporters.“We had a hiring push in the fall.” Ridership for large- and medium-sized cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Cincinnati remain lower than pre-pandemic levels as their transit systems continue to be plagued by staffing shortages." Marco Bello/Reuters A sign informing customers that COVID-19 tests are out of stock is seen at the entrance of a CVS pharmacy in Miami, Florida, on Jan.I would even take, at this point, if they could help us with contract pricing.

Heading into this year, about 3.2 million passengers were riding the subways on an average weekday in New York City compared to 5.The tests expired between Dec.5 million before the pandemic, said Craig Cipriano, interim president of the New York City Transit Authority.'s Levy noted that high-quality masks are just one part of a comprehensive COVID-containment strategy, along with vaccinations, testing and quarantine.About 1.30, after being granted a three-month extension, according to Guthrie.3 million people were riding buses on any given day compared to 2.

1 million before the pandemic, he said.Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democratic candidate for governor, has accused Florida Gov.“So it really ups our game at a time when — the data show — we really need to up our game.Cipriano said the number of train conductors and bus drivers who call in sick has fluctuated with the surges in Covid, but it has not affected the overall service."Customers can get to wherever they want to go,” he said.Global COVID cases top 300 million Link.In Washington, D.This article was originally published on January 05, 2022.C.

, 172 of Metro's 2,329 employees were out because of Covid as of Tuesday, transit officials said, and ridership numbers for rail and bus fluctuated this week between 66,000 and 113,000 as two snowstorms slammed the East.In Cincinnati, where the bus system is typically served by 500 employees, is down between 50 and 70 bus drivers a day because of Covid-related illnesses, attrition and people leaving the industry, transit officials said.“It’s something we’ve been struggling with since the start of the pandemic with either employees being out after testing positive for Covid or employees going on extended leave,” said Brandy Jones, spokeswoman for Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority.The authority will rely on incentives to recruit new and nontraditional staff members, including increasing wages from $16 to $19.55 an hour, offering a $2,000 signing bonus and paying for training.

“There’s a national shortage,” Jones said.“We’re trying to be competitive.” In Oregon, TriMet said it doesn’t have enough applicants to meet hiring goals and is banking on hiring more bus operators by increasing the starting wage to $21.36 an hour and offering a $2,500 signing bonus..

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