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MTA boss Pat Foye tests positive for coronavirus

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The leader of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Pat Foye, 63, the MTA’s chairman and CEO, learned of his positive test Saturday and is “feeling good,” according to MTA spokeswoman Abbey Collins.
“Pat is currently isolating at home, feeling good and maintaining his full schedule,” Collins said in a statement. “Pat was last in the office on Wednesday, maintained a safe social distance and was asymptomatic at that time.”
Foye had last traveled to MTA headquarters Wednesday for the authority’s monthly board meeting.
While the meeting was arranged to maximize the distance between MTA officials, there were several instances caught on camera during the meeting and the following press conference where interim Transit President Sarah Feinberg was within several feet of Foye.
Foye worked remotely on Thursday and Friday under a previously arranged schedule and plans to continue clocking in from home as the transit authority remains operational during the coronavirus crisis.
“Pat’s top priority remains the health and safety of our customers and employees and ensuring New York’s healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel can get to and from work during this public health crisis.”
Two MTA workers are known to have died after coming down with COVID-19. At least 156 employees had tested positive as of Thursday, according to the MTA and another 1,181 were in self-quarantine.
In a message to staff, Foye stressed the need for them to stay home if they fall ill.
“Please remember if you feel stick — stay home,” Foye wrote.
“I thank each of you for your service during this challenging time,” he went on. “Be safe, and let’s keep New
York moving, together.”
Foye is the second transportation official in the region to catch the virus.
Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said earlier this week that he had made a full recovery from the disease after testing positive on March 8.

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