The South Shore
commuter line continues to monitor and address potential impacts from the
novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and is taking steps to further reduce the risk
to passengers from exposure to the virus, the Northern Indiana Commuter
Transportation District announced after deadline on Wednesday.
Wednesday--according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--“the
majority of the American public are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at
this time, and the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low,”
NICTD said. “However, as a precautionary measure, the South Shore has
implemented a heightened maintenance protocol, including increasing the
frequency and intensity of our sanitizing procedures on trains and in
sanitizers and disinfectants with 24-hour effectiveness in killing COVID-19
will be in use every day on all frequently used surfaces,” NICTD said. “This
is including, but not limited to, station and on-board train seats, arm
rests, floors, door frames, interior hand holds, bathroom sinks, toilets and
“In addition, we
are reinforcing basic methods of protection with all train personnel, and
encourage passengers to utilize soap and water onboard the trains for
appropriate hand-washing measures,” NICTD added.
reduce the risk of infection by doing the following:
--Wash your hands
often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
contact with people who are sick. The CDC states the virus spreads through
respiratory droplets among people in close contact, within about 6 feet.
--Stay home when
you are sick.
--Cover your cough
or sneeze with a bent elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
officials are “actively monitoring the CDC, the WHO (World Health
Organization), and other agencies to coordinate our efforts to keep our
passengers and employees safe.”
For more thorough
information about COVID-19, including how to protect yourself and how it