Belleville bus driver tests positive for COVID-19 after delivering meals to students

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On Monday, March 30, Belleville School District 201 announced that one of their bus drivers had tested positive for COVID-19 after delivering meals to students in the district. District 201 Maintains that the driver did not come into contact with students, but asks that they be cautious and monitor themselves for symptoms.

“On the evening of Sunday, March 29, 2020, District 201 was notified that an employee in our transportation department tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was assigned to a Belleville East bus route to deliver approximately 15 meals per day. The employee only drove the bus and had no physical contact with nor involvement in preparing or distributing the meals. The St. Clair County Health Department advised the district to notify an employee that had close contact with the employee testing positive,” read a statement from District 201.

The statement continued “Out of an abundance of caution, we are in the process of notifying those families who may have received a lunch from this bus. Most families have been notified. Based on the information known and guidance from the CDC, a student who may have received the lunches from this bus has been determined to be a low risk exposure. Per CDC guidelines we are advising these families to self-monitor by taking their temperature twice a day and remain alert for respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) until (14 days after March 29).“

Illinois Department of public health is reporting 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Clair County.