Delivery services have not been a common service offered in Colusa County, which quickly became problematic for those practicing absolute quarantine to protect themselves from the virus that causes COVID-19.
Enter Colusa County Transit Agency to the rescue.
The local agency has shouldered the task of making sure that each resident has access to critical supplies. In addition to medicine delivery, the CCTA has teamed up with Health and Human Services to deliver meals.
“Sometimes we are the only face that these seniors see once a week,” said Cindy Vaughn, who has been driving the bus for 16 years. “It’s so hard because some I know personally. They just want to give me a big hug and I want to hug them, but I can’t. That’s the hard part.”
To circumvent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a thorough sterilization of each bus has been added to the daily pre-trip check.
Vaughn said she keeps an eye in the mirror and notes anything touched by passengers so it can be sprayed down later. Passengers are instructed to maintain social distance.
And another way the CCTA has mitigated the spread of germs is by temporarily suspending fees so no money is exchanged. It’s free fares for April.
“Our ridership is way down,” Vaughn said, not letting it get her down. “It’s kind of a good thing. A lot of people are staying home.”
Vaughn admits the virus has made it difficult to report for duty, but she reminds herself that she has a job to do, and that many people depend on the agency as their only means of transportation.
Vaughn is one of six drivers with the CCTA and said she works with a great team who are compassionate towards the passengers.
Her driver’s seat is surrounded by family photos that her regulars will often take note of.
“This is my office with a great view, and I love it,” she said.