We learned with great sadness that a King County resident passed away this weekend from COVED-19 after contracting novel coronavirus, and additional cases are being identified by public health officials daily.

We want to reassure the public that King County and Metro are actively tracking this public health crisis and coordinating with experts at Public Health and the state Department of Health.

At this time, transit service will continue to operate as scheduled. Metro crews are cleaning buses daily, and in the event of an unsanitary condition, our continuing practice is remove a bus from service to conduct a thorough cleaning and disinfecting before it returns to service.

That is just one part of the equation. Just as important as cleaning the bus, we are asking people who are out in the public – at work, schools, grocery stores, events – and needing to travel by bus to please follow the direction of Public Health officials.

If you are experiencing symptoms of the virus, it is essential for the health and well-being of the community for you to please stay home or telework, cover all coughs and sneezes, avoid touching parts of your face to avoid picking up the virus and wash your hands frequently.

If you see something that needs attention please alert your driver, a transit employee, call customer service offices at 206-553-3000, or reach us via Twitter @kcmetrobus.

More information

  • Public health’s website is the best source of information about how to be personally prepared.
  • Here’s a link to a fact sheet with details about the COVID-19 that you should read and are welcome to share.
  • The CDChas up-to-date information on prevention, treatment, FAQs, and more.
  • Metro Matters blog post gives an overview of Metro’s cleaning protocols.