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Las Vegas Strip Casinos Top COVID-19 Exposure List

According To A Report From The Southern Nevada Health District, Eight Of The Top 10 Businesses On The List Were Strip Casinos

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A report released by the Southern Nevada Health District showed that of all the businesses in Southern Nevada, casinos are the most likely to expose patrons to coronavirus.

The August report listed the top 10 places where people who tested positive for COVID-19 visited while they were likely positive, according to local Las Vegas media. Of the top 10, eight were casinos. The other two were both jails.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas topped the list with 304 cases, meaning that 304 people who tested positive for the virus reported that they were inside the property before receiving their test result. Bellagio, MGM Grand, The Venetian and Caesars Palace rounded out the top five spots.

Despite being second on the list, Bellagio had about half the number of cases that were reported inside Cosmopolitan. Aria, Mandalay Bay and Wynn Las Vegas were in the bottom half of that list.

The report was released just a couple days after a couple of Strip properties released numbers regarding how many of its employees contracted the virus.

Wynn Resorts reported 548 positive tests from its employees since its Las Vegas property reopened June 4 and Las Vegas Sands Corp said that its workforce had 424 positive results over that same time frame. Three of the employees who worked at Wynn Resorts died of complications from the virus.

According to a Las Vegas Sun report, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox said that the company used a 10-person full-time contract tracing team, which determined that in 98 percent of its employees’ cases, they contracted the virus outside of work. The company also offered financial support to the families of the three employees who passed away.

Of the 424 employee cases at the pair of Las Vegas Sands properties, 25 were found before the property reopened at the start of June. According to a Reno Gazette-Journal report, some of the cases were identified at off-property testing locations.