This week MGM Resorts International has reported the first case of COVID-19 involving an employee in the Yonkers Raceway office of the Standardbred Owners Association (SOA).
The company issued the following declaration: “We just learned that an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association, working in the racing office of Yonkers Raceway, located next to the racetrack and paddock, tested positive for the Coronavirus before passing away.
“His death was announced today by New Jersey officials, as he was a resident of the state. We believe the last time he was on the property to be approximately eight days ago. We offer our condolences to his family during this difficult time.
“As a result of this development, the racetrack will be shut down as of this afternoon, and we have asked employees who worked in the immediate area to self-quarantine. We will continue to coordinate with and follow the guidance of health officials and support them in their response and prevention efforts.”
In the statement, MGM Resorts claimed that since the virus first became popular and proactively sharing the guidance on prevention with visitors and staff, it has maintained strong communication with health officials.
This added that it has taken several steps to mitigate possible risk for health and safety, including the investment of time and resources in order to ensure that its assets are ready for future coronaviral impacts. The organisation has also introduced provisional enhanced cleaning practises and protocols in recent weeks.