Three Bi-State employees test positive for coronavirus


ST. LOUIS – The tallest skyscraper in downtown St. Louis is on lockdown after a Bi-State Development employee who works in the building tested positive for the coronavirus.

A spokesperson for Bi-State Development says three of its employees have tested positive for the virus. They work at the headquarters at the Metropolitan Square Building and at the Brentwood MetroBus facility.

Bi-State Development, which operates Metro trains and buses, has offices on the seventh floor of the Metropolitan Square Building on Broadway near Pine Street. The transit agency says anyone who had close contact with these team members was identified and reached out directly. Those individuals have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

In addition, the facilities and areas where potential exposure occurred have been sanitized and disinfected using CDC guidelines.

Taulby Roach, president and chief executive officer of Bi-State Development issued the following statement:

“We have taken any and all measures practical to strengthen this public system against COVID-19. But this is a daunting adversary and we continue to brace against its impacts.”
taulby roach, president & chief executive officer, bi-state development.

Bi-State says it has nightly deep cleanings of Metro train cars and buses with approved disinfectants.

Riders are encouraged to practice social distancing on the vehicles and hand washing stations are available at high volume transit centers. I

Fox 2 has reached out to the JLL Company, the building’s manger, for a comment about what this means for other businesses in the Metropolitan Square Building but have not yet heard back from them.

A person who works in the building who did not want to go on camera or be identified says the building is on lockdown, recommended by St. Louis City, and only essential employees for each business are allowed in.

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