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LAS VEGAS – A worker building a multi-billion megaresort taking shape on the north end of the Strip has tested positive for COVID-19.
Resorts World Las Vegas learned Monday that a subcontractor caught the illness that’s led to a complete shutdown of casinos along Las Vegas Boulevard and a pandemic that has entire cities across the U.S. isolating at home.
The subcontractor last visited the worksite on March 17.
“Immediately upon learning of the positive case, the worker’s crew members were notified and instructed to stay home and self-isolate for 14 days,” Resorts World officials said in a statement.
The area where the worker had been assigned – along with surrounding areas – has been shut down. The vicinity is being sanitized. It will remained closed until April 1.
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread, Resorts World and W.A. Richardson Builders have put in place new policies and procedures, according to the resort company:
- Social distancing – including inside manlifts and elevators – and good hygiene practices as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Southern Nevada Health District.
- Scaled-down daily toolbox meetings.
- Daily temperature checks for all workers.
- Installation of additional handwashing stations.
- Increased sanitation of portable restrooms.
- Teleconferencing in place of nonessential meetings.
- Reduced crew size to promote social distancing.
- Encouraging of any employee who feels sick to stay home.
Estimated to cost $4.3 billion, Resorts World Las Vegas is on path to become the most expensive hotel-casino project ever built. Malaysia-based Genting Group expects to open in the summer of 2021.
The subcontractor’s positive COVID-19 results comes less than a week after the spread of the deadly illness triggered an unprecedented shutdown on the Las Vegas Strip.
The number of Nevada coronavirus cases and deaths has rapidly accelerated since the sweeping closure. On Tuesday morning, the number of positive COVID-19 tests in the Silver State rose to 278, according to the Nevada Health Response’s coronavirus dashboard. Most of those cases have been reported in Southern Nevada. Four have died.
The COVID-19 crisis has slowed demand along the Las Vegas Strip corridor. Financial fallout has led to layoffs and furloughs for thousands of workers and closures that turned this vacation mecca into a ghost town.
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Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal right here.
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