- Las Vegas casino operators are carrying on with COVID-19 testing for their employees.
- Wynn Las Vegas has so far tested 15,051 workers, while Las Vegas Sands has tested 42,637 employees since the casinos reopened in June.
- Data from the Mitigation and Management Task Force last week revealed that 26% of Clark County residents may have contracted the virus at a resort, hotel, or motel.
- However, the Task Force said the statistics do not associate the business with exposure to the virus.
Las Vegas gambling operators haven’t stopped testing their staff members for COVID-19.
Wynn Las Vegas, for instance, has tested 15,051 workers for the disease since it reopened in June. The casino-hotel partnered with the University Medical Center to do the tests. Wynn has confirmed that 548 of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Sadly, the company lost three employees to the virus since it reopened.
Statistics show that 497 of the reported positive cases were unearthed since the casino operator reopened, while 51 were discovered before that. The number of COVID-19 positive cases represents 3.6% of the 15,051 tested samples.
Last week, Wynn Resorts announced the launch of its “Pre-employment and Surveillance Testing Programs.” The company’s CEO, Matt Maddox, said the program would establish a strong “in-house contact tracing effort.”
Maddox emphasized that with the aid of the program, Wynn Las Vegas would become one of the safest venues for workers and visitors outside of their homes.
It’s not just Wynn Las Vegas that is testing its employees, though. Another prominent company in the industry located on the Las Vegas Strip also tested a good number of its employees for COVID-19.
Since it reopened in June, Las Vegas Sands has so far tested 42,637 workers. The company conducted the tests at both The Venetian and Palazzo resorts.
The operator found 424 positive cases among its employees. This means that the positivity rate in the company is just approximately 1% of the tested workers. Of the total number of the reported COVID-19 cases, 399 were discovered after resorts reopened in June, while 25 were found prior.
In an e-mail, Las Vegas spokesperson Ron Reese said that the main priority of the company since the reopening of casino-hotels during the pandemic remains the safety and health of its employees and visitors.
Reese also indicated that some of the reported positive cases were found when workers had off-site tests.
Data from the American Gaming Association reveals that there are currently 903 commercials and tribal casinos operating in the US. On the other hand, 90 venues remain shuttered. While the majority of the casinos are open, most of them are operating with reduced guest capacity because of the pandemic.
Nevada has reported a total of 75,000 positive COVID-19 cases. On the bright side, the state has seen more than 48,000 patients recover from the disease. However, data from the Mitigation and Management Task Force last week revealed that 26% of Clark County residents may have contracted the virus at a resort, hotel, or motel.
However, the Task Force admitted that the statistics didn’t mean that the business was “associated with the exposure.”