LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — An August report by the Southern Nevada Health District reveals the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino topped the locations of possible COVID-19 exposures in previous months.
This means 304 people who were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus visited the hotel-casino prior to their positive test result. It does not mean that they contracted the virus during that visit.
Four other hotel-casinos rounded out the top 5 and the Clark County Detention Center came in at number 6.
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
Other non-hotel businesses on the list include St. Joseph Transitional Rehab, North Las Vegas Care Center, Amazon Fulfillment Center LAS2 and Allegiant Stadium.
According to the report, hotels and motels are at the top of the category list for high risk of transmission.
Hotel/Motel -- 1581
Other -- 1361
Food Establishment -- 714
Clinic/doctor's office -- 409
Long-term care facility -- 234
The next highest category is "Other," which represents businesses that do not fall into the other categories. And the 3rd highest was food establishments, which includes restaurants and grocery stores.
On Thursday, Wynn Resorts reported that 348 of its workers had tested positive.
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All of the hotel-casinos in the Las Vegas valley have implemented some sort of testing and/or screening procedure for their employees and have take steps to protect their employees and guests.
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Also on Thursday, Nevada's COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force also revealed a connection between positive cases and Las Vegas Strip.
During their task force's weekly meeting, Julia Peek, deputy administrator with Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, said 26% of people infected in Clark County over the past 30 days mentioned visiting a hotel, motel or resort. She also said that 12% of those infected visited a "food establishment" like a restaurant or grocery story.
Peek also said that it does not mean that the person was necessarily infected by visiting a hotel/motel or food establishment, just that they revealed that information when contacted by a contact tracer.
Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District also released a statement on Friday after the report was released. They said that it is is important to emphasize that the information provided in the report released by the state does not identify locations where cases were determined to be exposed or clusters of COVID-19 in the community. And noted that places with a higher amount of foot traffic or more employees may be reported as possible exposure locations more often.