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Cedar Rapids halting bus service to help stem COVID-19 rise

March 24, 2020 GMT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids is stopping its transit service at the end of Tuesday to help halt the spread of COVID-19.

City Manager Jeff Pomeranz said Monday plans are to resume service on April 13.

“We have been taking measures to regularly clean and completely sanitize all of our buses daily, but they are still confined spaces that fill with many people throughout the day,” Pomeranz said. “We are at a critical moment to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19. It’s vital that we take the actions needed to protect our community.”

For most people, COVID-19 causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

Neighborhood Transportation Service at Horizons will expand service to provide rides to work for those with critical employment at hospitals, grocery stores, care facilities and convenience stores/gas stations.

In Des Moines officials are cutting route frequency and service starting Thursday as ridership continues to drop. Officials said the system still will take people where they need to go but without putting as many drivers at risk.

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