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Two Oklahoma Casinos Close After Employee Contracts Coronavirus

The Sac & Fox Nation Closes Two Properties "Out Of An Abundance Of Caution"


Just five days after three tribal casinos in Arizona closed for enhanced cleanings after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, two tribal casinos in Oklahoma followed suit.

The Sac & Fox Nation, a tribal nation in Oklahoma, announced Tuesday that it would close two of its casinos after an employee tested positive for coronavirus. According to the local NBC affiliate, the tribe will close the Black Hawk Casino in Shawnee and the Sac and Fox Casino in Stroud for an undetermined amount of time.

A statement from the tribe said that the closure is being implemented “out of an abundance of caution.” While business is closed, both properties will undergo deep cleaning procedures and the entire gaming area will be disinfected.

Last Thursday, Gila River Gaming closed three Arizona casinos after a 68-year-old security guard passed away from the virus.

There have been a few similar cases in Las Vegas, where employees have contracted the virus, but instead of shutting down entire casinos, Vegas operators have opted to temporarily shut down the area in which the employee worked.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas sanitized the entire concierge office after two of its team members tested positive, while a couple of restaurants in Strip casinos temporarily shut down after employees received positive tests.