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April 18, 2021

Before they return to work

MGM, Caesars and Boyd start testing Las Vegas employees for COVID-19

MGM, Caesars and Boyd start testing Las Vegas employees for COVID-19
The Las Vegas Strip has been largely empty after Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered a mandatory closure of most nonessential businesses in the state to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
United States | 05/20/2020

The three major casino companies are partnering with University Medical Center to administer tests at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Employees called back to work are to schedule a testing appointment and results would come within 48 hours. Positive tests will be sent to employees and the Southern Nevada Health District, which will conduct contact tracing.

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GM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and Boyd Gaming announced in a joint statement on Tuesday an employee testing program as resorts prepare to reopen.

The Las Vegas Strip has been largely empty after Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered a mandatory closure of most nonessential businesses in the state to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Employees called back to work are to schedule a testing appointment, the statement said. Results should come within 48 hours, and positive tests will be sent to employees and the Southern Nevada Health District, which will conduct contact tracing.

"The ability to safely reopen our properties has been our singular focus over the past several weeks," MGM acting CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle said.

Whether or not the test is mandatory may depend on where someone works, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

They’re voluntary for furloughed MGM employees and will be offered to employees as they’re called back to work at their respective properties, beginning with Bellagio and New York-New-York, according to the company. They are free to employees, who will be monitored every day for possible signs of the coronavirus regardless of whether they took the COVID-19 test, the company said.

Boyd is mandating testing for its Nevada employees and covering the full costs, spokesman David Strow said. The testing is only for employees and not their families, though Strow added there are other testing resources available, including a site the company is hosting at The Orleans.

MGM, Boyd and Caesars indicated those who test positive for the coronavirus would not be working while they had it.

In a statement, Caesars CEO Tony Rodio said all employees would complete a prescreening questionnaire “and the results would determine the need for a COVID-19 test before returning to work.”

Caesars spokesman Rich Broome added that the test would determine an employee’s current COVID-19 status and would occur as they’re called back to work.

Additionally, he said, “we will know if the employee test positive.”

The county hospital and the Culinary Health Fund will collect up to 4,000 samples a day for testing, the statement said. Hospital CEO Mason VanHouweling said the medical center now has the ability to run 10,000 COVID-19 tests per day.

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of Culinary Local 226, said the testing will ensure members are safe when they return to work.

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