WORLD NEWS – US – Saginaw Bus System suspends city routes and limits other services amid a rise in COVID-19 cases

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STARS drivers disinfect surfaces inside the bus between tracks on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Saginaw, Michigan. Riley Yuan | MLive. Com

SAGINAW, MI – The Saginaw Transit and Regional Services or STARS is making some moves in response to the spike in COVID-19 cases.

As of Monday, November. At No. 16, STARS will suspend city bus routes until further notice and restrict Dial-a-Ride « LIFT » services only to essential trips..

“On Monday and Tuesday of this week there were about a quarter of the cases in Saginaw in the entire first six months of this epidemic,” he added.. . “This is a big red flag and we must respond appropriately and quickly to save lives.

The Saginaw County Health Department recently sounded alarm bells, referring to « explosive » COVID-19 cases in the area..

Saginaw County last week set a record for new daily cases of 255. The most recent Ministry of Health figures, as of November. 13, It shows a total of 5,651 cases of COVID-19 and 170 deaths.

The Ministry of Health stated in a statement that employees are unable to investigate all positive cases or notify close contacts quickly due to the influx of cases.. Citizens are encouraged to use a new online self-reporting form, which is available on the WW website. saginawpublichealth. Deer.

STARS defines essential trips as grocery delivery trips – one trip per week per family – trips for physical and mental health needs such as appointments and receiving prescriptions and trips for essential functions including hospital / medicine, grocery / food service and primary production.

Due to high demand and limited resources, STARS LIFT Services will screen flights to « reduce abuse, » according to a statement from STARS. These games are currently free.

LIFT Dial-a-Ride services are available Monday through Friday from 5 AM to 9 PM. Those seeking base flight times are required to call 989-753-9526 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m..

Riders generally must schedule a trip one business day in advance, Silver Card (elderly) riders can schedule up to two business days in advance, while Gold Card (disabled) riders can schedule up to two weeks in advance.

Ongoing safety efforts require all passengers aged 3 years and over to wear masks at all times and to use the hand sanitizer provided when entering the bus or refusing service.

STARS also continues to regularly clean vehicles and other safety protocols to ensure the safe travel of its occupants.

The Saginaw County Health Department has issued the following guidelines and steps for residents to take if they test positive for COVID-19:

• Once you or a loved one have tested positive, begin isolation immediately for at least 10 days.

• Inform your close contacts and encourage them to begin quarantine for a full 14 days and monitor symptoms.

• Go to www. saginawpublichealth. org and fill out the individual self-reporting form. This is required if you need a letter from the employer.

• If you have questions about isolation or quarantine, call the Health Administration Hotline at (989) 758-3828

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World News – US – Saginaw Bus System to suspend city routes, limit other services amid a rise in COVID- 19 cases

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