A number of Las Vegas casino and resort properties are set to work together with public organisations to safeguard the wellbeing of employees returning to work after the coronavirus shutdown.
The casinos will be working with the University Medical Center (UMC), the Culinary Health Fund and the Las Vegas Convention Center to offer testing for gaming employees. The plan is part of a wider effort draw up by business and community leaders. The testing is set to be conducted at the Las Vegas Convention Center as properties open over the next few weeks.
Speaking about the plan, the acting CEO and President at MGM Resorts International, Bill Hornbuckle, said that it was an important initiative:
“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.”
In addition to MGM properties, it has been reported that Caesars and Boyd resorts will participate in the employee testing plan. UMC and the Culinary Health Fund will be involved through collecting as many as 4,000 samples per day for testing. The UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling said that his facility has significantly boosted the level of testing capacity thanks to the efforts of the state Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, led by Jim Murren.
The President and CEO at Boyd, Keith Smith, said that the health and wellbeing of communities, employees and customers was their priority and that partnering with UMC would help to make sure that the reopened industry would be safe.
It has been reported that testing is expected to begin on May 21 and that it will continue as employees return to work. Employees who are called back to work will schedule an appointment to take their test, and results will be confirmed within two days, with positive results forwarded to the Southern Nevada Health District for contact tracing, as well as being reported to the employee.