In consultation with Public Health officers, we have been provided the following information:
There is not a confirmed case of Pertussis. A lab test is required to diagnose that typically takes 48 hours before results can be confirmed. No lab test was ordered.
Public Health physicians have been in contact with the employee, as well as with the hospital that the individual visited. The employee was told that they may have it, and treated with antibiotics as a precaution.
Without a confirmed case of Pertussis, there is no need for public notification.
Even if it was a confirmed case, Public Health officers say that riders would be at an extremely low risk of being infected. Physicians say prolonged and close contact over many hours is necessary to contract the infection.
On Tuesday, a TriMet operator out of our Center Street garage felt ill and was taken to the doctor after their morning run and later was told that they had Pertussis. As a precaution, the bus was cordoned off. While it wasn’t necessary, our maintenance personnel took the added caution of disinfecting all surfaces with an anti-microbial cleaner.
TriMet released information based on the employee’s statement that it was a confirmed case. While trying to provide information to the media and the public, we reached out to the Public Health expert, as they are the agency in charge of public health and notification.
If you have concerns about illness, please consult your medical provider, local health department or call the Oregon Public Health Division Hotline at 971-673-1222.
TriMet takes the health and safety of employees and riders seriously. Together, we can do our part in helping keep one another healthy.
Preventive measures include:
- Receive vaccinations for the flu and pertussis.
- Don’t spread it around! Stay home if you’re sick.
- See the list of pertussis symptoms at multco.us/health/pertussis or flu symptoms at flu.oregon.gov.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with either a tissue or your upper sleeve—not your hands. Dispose of tissues in the trash.
- Wash your hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizing gels or wipes.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.