MTA establishes new cleaning procedures amid coronavirus outbreak

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The MTA is establishing new cleaning procedures to help combat the spread of coronavirus in New York City.

Transit workers will be increasing the amount of time they spend cleaning the city’s transportation system, according to the MTA.

Workers will be disinfecting subway turnstiles, station handrails, MetroCard and ticket vending machines daily, as well as other surfaces and frequently used parts of subway stations.

The MTA also adds that, effective immediately, subway trains and busses will undergo disinfecting scrubs every 72 hours. The new procedures will also be carried out on the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and other MTA-based systems. 

The new cleaning procedures come after the city announced its first confirmed case of coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed that the first positive case of COVID-19 in the state of New York was from a 39-year-old woman from Manhattan, who had been traveling in Iran. 

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MTA Chairman Pat Foye says that while the one confirmed case of the coronavirus did not involve mass transit, the MTA is committed to protecting commuters. 

The CDC urges anyone who feels sick to stay at home. Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands frequently and avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.

 

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