Vessel employee tests positive for COVID-19

Posted: August 28, 2020


FALMOUTH, Mass. (August 28, 2020) – A Steamship Authority employee assigned to the M/V Woods Hole has tested positive for COVID-19, the Authority was informed today, and the Authority is taking additional preventative steps to ensure the safety of the public and its employees.

The Authority is not disclosing the employee’s name or position within the company to ensure their private health information remains confidential.

The employee last worked on the vessel on the shift that began with the noon departure of the vessel from Hyannis on August 25, 2020, and ended with its 11:30 a.m. arrival in Hyannis on August 26, 2020. The employee subsequently learned of a possible exposure to COVID-19, was tested, and learned of the results on Friday, August 28, 2020. The employee then immediately informed the Authority of the results. The Authority has subsequently informed other crew members who were on that watch, as well as any other employee who may have been exposed, so those individuals may arrange for testing through their primary care physicians.

Due to their typical work duties, the employee was unlikely to have any prolonged exposure with any member of the public during their work hours. The Authority is working closely with public health officials in Barnstable County to guide its efforts to share information and public health recommendations with passengers and Steamship employees who may have come into contact with the employee.

The Authority used an electrostatic sprayer that dispenses hospital-grade disinfectants on board the M/V Woods Hole this afternoon to perform a cleaning of both public and employee work areas on board the vessel. The cleaning was in addition to the precautionary measures already taken daily by the Authority’s terminal employees and vessel crews to thoroughly clean and disinfect all high-touch areas, including hand railings, table tops, door handles, seats, faucets, and toilets. In addition, crews are assigned nightly to perform cleaning and disinfectant measures onboard the vessels.

Employees have been instructed that, under no circumstances, should they come to work while they are sick, both for their safety as well as the safety of the crew and traveling public. Additionally, employees have been instructed to wear cloth face coverings, to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Vessel employees also undergo a health screening by a medical professional prior to each watch.

“Our COVID-19 protocols were put in place to protect our employees and our customers, and I am thankful to our employees for continuing to closely adhere to them so that we can take appropriate action when necessary,” General Manager Robert B. Davis said. “I hope our employee experiences a full and quick recovery.”

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