Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas on Thursday reported more than 500 cases of coronavirus among its employees since it reopened in June.
The company has so far carried out 15,051 COVID-19 tests on employees with help from the university medical center, it said in a press release. Employees must have a negative test before returning to work.
“Our goal, by implementing our surveillance testing program and establishing a strong internal contact tracing effort, is to make Wynn Las Vegas the safest place our customers and employees can leave their homes. Said Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts.
As part of its contact tracing efforts, groups of 700 employees are tested every two weeks. In total, there have been 548 positive cases – resulting in a positivity rate of 3.6%, the company said.
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Among the positive tests, 51 took place before the reopening of the complex.
“The company has continued to see a significant downward trend in viral positivity rates since it began its multi-faceted pre-employment testing and surveillance programs,” a statement from Wynn said.
In a recent series of tests, only one of 285 employees tested positive. The company said 98% of employees who tested positive contracted the virus outside of work. Le Wynn said 10 employees are dedicated full-time to contact tracing for positive employee cases.
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Since reopening in June, the Strip resort has welcomed more than 500,000 guests, six of whom have tested positive for COVID-19, the company said.
In Clark County, home to Las Vegas, more than 63,300 coronavirus cases and 1,309 deaths were recorded on Thursday, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
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