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UPDATE: More COVID-19 testing starts this week at Allegiant Stadium

Posted at 2:48 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 00:24:10-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UPDATE MAY 3: Starting this week the Southern Nevada Health District will do additional COVID-19 testing at the Allegiant Stadium construction site.

ORIGINAL STORY: It has been revealed that there are new cases of COVID-19 at Allegiant Stadium. It is not known how many cases there are at this time. Mortenson/McCarthy has requested the Southern Nevada Health District to conduct testing at the stadium next week.

The following statement was sent to the media on Friday afternoon:

Mortenson/McCarthy’s highest priority on the Allegiant Stadium project is the health and safety of our team members, project partners and the community. To that end, we have implemented and have been following a thorough job site protocol including social distancing to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. As part of a larger community tracing effort, we are collaborating with Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) representatives to investigate COVID-19 cases involving workers on the project.

We have identified new cases over the past few weeks mostly localized in the team of electricians working on site. For the health and safety of everyone we work with, we have requested assistance from SNHD representatives to conduct targeted, voluntary on-site workforce testing during the week of May 4. This testing will help us better understand the nature of these cases and enable us to make further decisions.

Since the onset of COVID-19, more than 4000 craft workers and various trade partners and vendors have been on site. We continue to follow guidance on COVID-19 issued by the CDC along with local, state, and federal authorities and implement strict health and safety protocols. Our team will make changes and adjustments as needed or identified to help protect everyone on the Allegiant Stadium project.

It was previously reported that 7 workers associated with the stadium had tested positive.

The stadium is scheduled to be finished by the end of July. It will be the home of the Las Vegas Raiders. The stadium will also host UNLV football games and concerts. It is located across from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.