Last Updated 5/7/2020

RIDER ALERT:

IN ACCORDANCE WITH CURRENT CDC RECOMMENDATIONS, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL PASSENGERS BOARDING GCTD BUSES TO WEAR A FACE COVERING. THIS COVERING SHOULD COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION DURING THIS EFFORT TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
We will temporarily have a limited supply of reusable face coverings on the bus for passengers. Due to limited supply each passenger will only be provided with one – if needed. You are asked to clean and reuse them while you’re in public in accordance with the CDC recommendations.
If you have any questions, please call the District Manager at 541-575-2370.

Know what common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
• Fever 100 or higher
• Cough
• Difficulty breathing
• Loss of ability to smell
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Know what you should do if you have symptoms:
• Stay at home when you are sick
• If you think you need to see a doctor, call first. Let them know if you have travelled outside of the area in the last 14 days.
• Separate yourself from other people in your home.
If you are sick, please stay home to help keep others safe.
Please maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distance while waiting for your bus to arrive.

Grant County Transportation District (GCTD) is closely following the recommendations made by the Oregon Health Authority, which has not recommended limiting the following District’s transportation services.

  • All Inter-City buses – Bend, Pendleton/Walla Walla, Baker City, Burns and Ontario are operating under normal schedules.
  • All Deviate Fixed Route – JD/CC Loop and PC/MV Route are operating under normal schedules.
  • Dial-A-Ride services are limited to essential trips whenever possible.
  • Administrative Office Hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, please call 541-575-2370 to schedule an appointment.

WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STAFF AND PASSENGERS

  • Disinfecting “high touch” areas such as surfaces of our vehicles and at our facility daily
  • Regularly cleaning all buses and vans – daily
  •  “Spot cleaning” high touch areas on our buses frequently throughout the day and if they are witnessed as being touched by an ill passenger
  •  Encouraging the practice of social distancing whenever possible
  •  Instructing all staff to follow the CDC recommended steps for helping stop the spread of Covid-19 listed below
  • Hand ssanitizer stations are located throughout our facility and in our passenger lounge

WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR SAFETY

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue into the trash
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet for prolonged period) with people who are sick.
  • Only travel for essential tasks including groceries, pharmacy and health care needs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Passengers are encouraged to travel with tissue, wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Passengers are asked to notify the bus driver if there is an area in need of additional cleaning on the buses

Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order on Monday, March 23rd at 10:30 am immediately directing Oregonians to “Stay Home, Save Lives” to the maximum extent possible except for carrying out essential tasks to include groceries, pharmacy and health care needs.

COVID-19 Update: (4/2/2020) We are issuing face coverings to our operators and staff who work out on our system.

While medical masks need to be saved for health care workers, health experts are now saying face coverings — a type of non-medical mask — are okay as added protection in public places.

We have received some donations of washable face coverings, and finally received a small order of N95 masks.

Drivers who are collecting cash will also be required to wear gloves while handling the cash.

In our vehicles, the seats behind the driver will be taped off to prevent use and help maintain the social 6’ distance.

The health experts are stressing that even when wearing these face coverings, the other safety precautions must still be practiced: distance yourself from others, avoid traveling, frequently wash your hands, and avoid touching your face.

GCTD will continue to work closely with the Oregon Health Authority and the local EOC to minimize risks to our staff and riders.

Links for additional information

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

March 28, 2020 – Pump your own gas order thru 4/11/2020 https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Self-Service-Rules-Change-FAQs.aspx?fbclid=IwAR08QNzXP6cGoMfUossWYh5sMvQWkKWxsXnOwusbll6UzGDQdBNhFp21P7Q

March 27, 2020 – Governor Brown issues further guidance on “Stay at Home” https://www.facebook.com/ElkhornMediaGroup/photos/a.464405746927105/3202753999758919/?type=3&theater

March 27, 2020 – National Guard to help set-up tents http://www.myeasternoregon.com/2020/03/27/grant-county-national-guard-sets-up-medical-tent/?fbclid=IwAR2hZDObhtCXhyzftVdalgiachFSqM_pcZFUQQnHZrGqnjmtFbcBEdmquss

March 26. 2020 Health Dept Guidelines and Testing Updates https://www.facebook.com/mygrantharneycounty/posts/2696838137214686?__tn__=K-R

March 26, 2020 – Update from Blue Mountain Hospital https://www.facebook.com/bluemountainhospital/photos/a.220561792032303/667658643989280/?type=3&theater

March 23, 2020 – Governor Brown’s Executive Order No. 20-12: https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/jkAULYKcSh6DoDF8wBM0_EO%2020-12.pdf

For the most current up-to-date information, please visit the OHA at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

March 23, 2020 Blue Mountain Hospital District Open Letter to Our Communities https://www.facebook.com/bluemountainhospital/posts/665628250858986?__tn__=K-R

Additional Resources:

CDC COVID-19 Information https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Grant County Oregon Emergency Management https://grantcountyoregon.net/182/Emergency-Management

OHA COVID-19 News https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

Grant County Health Department https://communitycounselingsolutions.org/covid-19

Grant County COVID-19 https://gc-or-covid-19.info/

ODOT Public Transit Division COVID-19 webpage https://www.oregon.gov/odot/RPTD/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx