LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Caesars Entertainment reports an employee with the company has passed away after testing positive for COVID-19.
A company spokesperson confirmed the person's passing Friday evening and said it is working on how the employee contracted the virus.
Also, employees who were near the team member are now on paid leave and self-isolating, according to the company.
That group of employees will not return to work until they obtain a negative test result, but no immediate positive tests have since been reported.
Caesars Entertainment also offered the following statement that reads in part:
"Sadly, we can confirm that one of our colleagues has passed away after testing positive for COVID-19. We are heartbroken by this development and are expressing our deepest sympathies to their family and friends."
And a local family held a vigil on Friday for Aldolfo Fernandez, who they say was a longtime employee at Caesars Palace.
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Family members told 13 Action News that Fernandez worked at Caesars for 18 years and passed away after he contracted coronavirus upon returning to work.
Fernandez shrugged off a few symptoms but his daughter said he was positive for COVID-19 and rushed to the hospital on Tuesday before losing his life the following day.
Many of his coworkers were at the vigil held outside the family home, near Nellis and Charleston boulevards. They say Fernandez was a kind and proud man that would do anything for his family.
Caesars Entertainment did not immediately confirm the identity of the employee who passed away and 13 Action News has reached out to local health officials regarding this case.