The Las Vegas gaming industry has rolled out plans to offer COVID-19 testing to employees before returning to work as different jurisdictions across the United States begin to execute reopening strategies, or see a return to what will become a temporary new normal.
In a wide-ranging collaborative plan created by business and community leaders, coronavirus testing is set to be carried out at the Las Vegas Convention Center as properties reopened under the direction of state officials.
The action plan aims to affiliate Las Vegas casino and resort facilities with the University Medical Center, the Culinary Health Fund and the Las Vegas Convention Center in order to provide players with the above assessments.
Bill Hornbuckle, acting CEO and president of MGM Resorts International stated: “The ability to safely reopen our properties has been our singular focus over the past several weeks.
“This testing partnership will allow us to provide our employees and guests peace of mind that we are taking the greatest possible precautions to keep them safe.”
Caesars Entertainment and Boyd Gaming will participate in the initiative in addition to the MGM assets, with the UMC and the Culinary Health Fund working together to obtain up to 4,000 samples a day for testing.
UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling noted that his facility has significantly increased its testing capacity as a result of the efforts of the Governor’s COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, led by Jim Murren, a longtime leader in the gaming industry.
“In response to this unprecedented public health crisis, we have seen an unparalleled level of collaboration between private industry, community leaders and the health care community,” said VanHouweling.
“As a result of the hard work and dedication of our health care professionals on the front lines of this crisis, UMC now has the capacity to run 10,000 COVID-19 tests per day.
“With valuable support from our community partners, this increased testing capacity allows UMC to detect new cases of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of our friends, neighbours and family members across Southern Nevada.”
Testing is expected to commence on May 21 and will continue as employees are called back to work, with appointments scheduled prior to return and results confirmed within 48 hours. Positive results will be given to the employee for touch tracing and forwarded to Southern Nevada Health District.
Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment said: “Caesars appreciates the gaming industry and union partnership with UMC to test our employees for COVID-19.
“All Caesars employees would complete a pre-screening questionnaire and the results would determine the need for a COVID-19 test before returning to work.”