RTVD to begin requiring passengers wear masks; limiting more routes

Rogue Valley Transportation District is taking progressively more steps intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 2:46 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2020 2:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Rogue Valley Transportation District is rolling out more restrictions in an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus, including the requirement that passengers wear masks.

Beginning Friday, all passengers or visitors to RVTD facilities will have to wear some sort of mask that covers the nose and mouth. Public health officials have recommended homemade cloth masks, to avoid taking surgical and N95 masks from healthcare workers.

"The CDC recommends that anyone leaving their homes should use face coverings to limit their potential exposure to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and to prevent exposing others," RVTD said.

The transportation district said that it is also metering the amount of passengers on each bus, so that they never exceed a recommended capacity limit of more than 20 people, and only for "necessary" or essential trips.

RVTD said that it was considering marking off seats to ensure physical distancing, and drivers have been issued a temporary raise of $2 per hour as "hazard pay."

Service on all routes before 6 a.m. and most routes after 6 p.m. will be suspended beginning April 14, with all routes stopping at 7 p.m. latest. All Saturday service will be suspended beginning April 18.

On Monday, RVTD temporarily suspended the 1X route from Medford to Ashland, suspended Route 21 North Medford and Poplar Square, and the Route 27 Medford Crosstown runs on a Saturday schedule once every hour.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 173626

Reported Deaths: 2457
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah34641566
Washington23309229
Marion20037299
Clackamas15216204
Lane11478144
Jackson9846127
Umatilla795383
Deschutes698772
Linn410763
Yamhill407074
Malheur342558
Polk341752
Klamath340859
Josephine304262
Douglas302765
Benton272518
Jefferson205932
Coos196631
Columbia153326
Union141124
Lincoln129720
Wasco128628
Hood River112429
Morrow107815
Clatsop8838
Crook86819
Baker85114
Curry5919
Tillamook5763
Lake4137
Grant4044
Harney3046
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam551
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3714587

Reported Deaths: 60922
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122811823601
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2944644544
San Diego2745663662
Orange2687624886
Santa Clara1167722013
Kern1077641317
Sacramento1010581646
Fresno1004311642
Alameda850891475
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa66839781
Stanislaus603061028
Tulare49383829
Monterey43260352
San Mateo41050560
San Francisco35947517
Santa Barbara33830446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29632311
Imperial27920718
Kings22755245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16234239
Santa Cruz15554203
Marin13851226
Yolo13547199
Shasta11677217
Butte11529196
El Dorado9688109
Napa965479
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito596963
Lassen566624
Tehama543056
Nevada444775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador361646
Humboldt358737
Lake339943
Glenn235425
Colusa219216
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4197
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
Unassigned610
Medford
Partly Cloudy
80° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 78°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 50°
Medford
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 78°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
80° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 78°
Klamath Falls
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 67°
Very warm Sunday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events