Preventative COVID-19 Information

 


 

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Side view of an individual wearing a cloth face covering, which conceals their mouth and nose areas and has a string looped behind the visible ear to hold the covering in place. The top of the covering is positioned just below the eyes and the bottom extends down to cover the chin. The visible side of the covering extends to cover approximately half of the individual’s cheek.

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Frontal view of an individual wearing a cloth face covering. Individual is using two fingers to point to either side of the top of the nose, indicating that the covering fits well in this area.

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?

Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?

A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?

Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html


 


 

SARTA CEO Kirt Conrad announced today that SARTA will combine and reduce the frequency of a number of the system’s fixed routes beginning Monday, April 13th, 2020.  The changes are being made in conjunction with SARTA’s ongoing effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Stark County.  Updated timetables and maps for the combined routes may be found at https://www.sartaonline.com/schedules

In addition, SARTA’s Proline curb-to-curb service and new Success Express Employment Loops will continue to provide rides for purposes deemed essential under Governor DeWine’s executive orders.

The following routes are effected by the changes:

  • 101/111 – Harmont Ave and Walmart on Rt. 62 will begin OUTBOUND from Cornerstone as the 111. Once the route reaches the Walmart on RTE 62, it will return INBOUND to Cornerstone as the 101.
  • 102/122-Canton Massillon Connector and Oberlin Industrial Park will begin OUTBOUND from Cornerstone as the 102. Once the route arrives at the Massillon Transit Center it will run the 122 route and then return on the 102 INBOUND to Cornerstone.
  • 102/122 Canton Massillon Connector and Oberlin Industrial Park will have reduced frequency, please see updated time tables for more information.
  • 103/108-Plain Township and Washington Square will begin OUTBOUND on the 103 towards Plain Township and return INBOUND on the 108 through Washington Square.
  • 110/114 – Sherrick Warner and Southgate Plaza will be serviced by one bus that will run the 110, return to Cornerstone, run the 114 and continue all day.
  • 112 - Hartville and 120 – Stark State and Belden Village will be replaced DAILY with the Rt. 45 - Belden Village and North Canton. The 45 will run normal schedule, Monday through Saturday.
  • 118/128- Menards and Sterilite will begin OUTBOUND from Cornerstone as the 118. Once the route reaches Sterilite, it will continue as the 128 to the Massillon Transit Center. It will leave the Massillon Transit Center as the 128 and once it reaches Sterilite, it will be INBOUND to Cornerstone as the 118.
  • 130/131/132 – Alliance will be condensed into ONE Alliance route that will run all three routes continuously while returning to Phyllis Beyers Alliance Transit Center. This change will make this a 90-minute route.
  • 139- Canton Alliance Connector will have reduced frequency, please see updated time tables for more information.
  • 4 – Cleveland is only making two trips per day. It will abide by the recent changes that include travel to and from the Wade Park, Cleveland VA Hospital ONLY. Riders utilizing the route to and from the hospital ONLY will need to be on the list from the VSC that is provided to SARTA daily.
  • 81 will have less frequency, it will run every two hours instead of every hour.

SARTA is asking riders to make sure they are on the correct side of the street for their stop as some stops will not be served by the combined routes.


SARTA is taking the following initiatives regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic in Stark County: 

  • Sanitizing high touch areas at all Transit Centers and on ALL buses DAILY. 
  • Disenfecting all buses every night. 

To Prevent and Help stop the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Avoid touchign your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Cover your cough, or sneeze, with a tissue and discard immediately. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze in the crevice of your elbow. 
  • Respect personal space, and practive social distancing (4-6 feet)
  • Avoid shaking hands. If you do, clean hands before touchign your face. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to teh restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

Effective March 16th, 2020, SARTA will no longer be collecting fares or selling fare media on all SARTA services. In addition, to encourage social distancing transit riders will need to board using the rear doors of the vehicle. These changes will be in effect until further notice


Update from CEO Kirt Conrad: 


Additional Informational Links from the CDC: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html