Santa Clarita bus driver passes away after testing positive for the Coronavirus

Alyssa Chang , Staff Writer

   On Tuesday, March 31, Santa Clarita officials announced that three bus drivers of Santa Clarita Transit have tested positive for COVID-19, with one driver sadly passing away. 

   According to SCV News, MV Transportation officials stated that the driver last worked on Friday, March 27, driving passengers to North Hollywood and Warner Center. The next day, the driver was hospitalized after feeling sick before passing away from COVID-19. 

   The city of Santa Clarita is applying new measures to keep drivers and commuters safe, including requiring passengers to only use the rear bus doors, suspending use of the fare box and cleaning the buses thoroughly. 

   Across Los Angeles County, around 9,192 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and the county death toll topped 296 on April 12. 

   The Paw Print sends condolences to the family and friends of the bus drivers. We thank them for their sacrifice and bravery by working in the midst of a pandemic. The SCV community should forever remember the generous service and kindness of the frontliners.