Casinos and Jails Take Top 10 Spots in Las Vegas COVID-19 List

Casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip have been handed a very dubious title this week, claiming 8 of the top 10 spots for COVID-19 positive visits - the Cosmopolitan Vegas taking first place and only jails vying for a top 10 listing…

By: Andrew Burnett

A Southern Nevada Health District report for August scores the Cosmopolitan top of the list with 304 people, outstripping fellow casino resorts, sports stadiums and Amazon fulfilment centres.

The figures indicate the number of people who were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and had visited the hotel and/or casino prior to receiving their positive test result. It does not mean they contracted the virus while at the venue, but does point to them being places with a high risk of viral transmission.

The top 10 list below shows that only detention centres rival the hotel/casino complexes, the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Venetian and Caesars Place rounding out the top 5, with the Clark County Detention Center at number 6.

TOP 10

  1. Cosmopolitan  304
  2. Bellagio 153
  3. MGM Grand 133
  4. The Venetian 89
  5. Caesars Palace 86
  6. Clark County Detention Center 82
  7. Aria 72
  8. Mandalay Bay 67
  9. Wynn Las Vegas 65
  10. Saguaro Detention Center 63

KTNV news Las Vegas also reported that, Nevada's COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force also revealed a connection between positive cases and Las Vegas Strip.’

Their weekly meeting heard that 26% of people infected in Clark County over the past 30 days mentioned visiting a hotel, motel or resort.’

Flouting COVID-19 regulations

The tabloids have been rife with stories of COVID-19 regulations being broken and staff threatened since Las Vegas allowed casinos to re-open.

One anonymous Cosmopolitan worker interviewed by The Daily Beast told them: “I’m scared shitless. I’ve heard players saying that they like Cosmo better since we opened, because we have the fewest rules.

Although Nevada’s casinos are supposed to follow tight regulations, there are multiple reports that face mask rules are not being enforced, social distancing limits ignored and staff fears being dismissed.

Another Cosmopolitan worker, again anonymous due to fears of possible retaliation, told the newspaper that he ‘felt the casino was doing the “absolute minimum to protect the dealers” and refused to work when it reopened in June.’

He cited ‘mask issues…the lack of plexiglass on every table…dealers having to take nightly shuttle rides together,’ before finally quitting in July.

The Cosmopolitan responded to enquiries, stating: “Our top priority is the safety of our employees and guests,” adding that among other precautions they have “dedicated Resort Ambassadors, enforcing our health and safety guidelines throughout the resort.”


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