Five employees on the Neuse River ferry route between Cherry Branch and Minnesott Beach have tested positive for COVID-19, the state Department of Transportation reported Wednesday.
Service on the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry route has not been affected.
The five employees, who are recovering at home under quarantine for at least 14 days, last worked on the route Oct. 20. The seven employees in contact with the crew have not tested positive, but are also under quarantine.
Health departments in Craven and Pamlico counties and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have been notified of the positive tests.
Passengers who think they may have been exposed to the virus should contact their local health departments.
The M/V Neuse, which currently runs the Pamlico River route, has been cleaned extensively using COVID-19 procedures as well as the terminals at both Cherry Branch and Minnesott Beach.
During the pandemic, all ferries have undergone frequent cleanings while in service. All ferry crews are required to wear face coverings when on board, while passengers are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and wear face coverings while on ferry decks or in passenger lounges.