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COVID-19 RESPONSES: Bus system, schools, hotel-casinos and others respond

Vegas casino employees, tourists talk coronavirus prevention
Posted at 4:20 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 00:46:30-04

13 Action News reached out to the school district, bus system, airport, and Vegas hotel-casinos for their responses to the presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Clark County:

The following message was sent to all parents of Clark County School District students:

This is a message from the Clark County School District.

We are aware that there has been a single presumptive positive coronavirus case identified in Clark County. According to the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), the individual is a male in his 50’s who is hospitalized and in airborne isolation.

At this moment, there are no confirmed cases within CCSD. Any individuals who may have been in contact with the identified presumptive case are under monitoring by health authorities. While the first presumptive case of novel coronavirus is concerning, it is important to remember that most Nevada residents are at low risk of contracting COVID-19 at this time.

The school district is in continued contact with SNHD. When we receive up to date information, we will be sharing that information with parents and staff via ccsd.net [ccsd.net]. Additionally, we will periodically send out messaging via Parentlink as needed.

Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday health practices, such as washing hands constantly, is the best way to keep people healthy.

As stated in past communication, CCSD’s emergency operations includes a response plan in the event schools are impacted.

This is all the information we have at this time.


McCarran International Airport sent the following in response to an inquiry about their response:

McCarran International Airport is working closely with public health officials at the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the status of COVID-19 in our region and support a coordinated response.

The SNHD is currently investigating the circumstances of a Clark County resident deemed a “presumptive positive” for COVID-19. Health district representatives have confirmed that this individual recently traveled to the states of Washington and Texas, but the airport does not have any additional information regarding the details of his travels.

At this time, LAS has not been advised of a need for public health officials to conduct any coronavirus screening or related activity at the airport.

Our custodial teams are deploying hospital-grade disinfectant on all high-touch surfaces around the airport, such as kiosks, escalators, door handles, etc. This is not a new precaution – McCarran makes these extra efforts to sanitize every flu season.

With the emergence of the coronavirus in Clark County, we have increased the frequency of application and expanded the areas of the airport that are covered. The disinfectant in use is recommended by the CDC to combat COVID-19 and is being applied in the highest concentration for maximum impact.

We recommend that travelers follow the guidelines put out by the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick.

While the COVID-19 outbreak is a serious public health threat, the immediate risk from the virus to the general public in Clark County and the United States remains low at this time, per the SNHD.

The Regional Transportation System sent this response:

The safety of riders is the top priority for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). With the threat of the Coronavirus, the agency is following all suggested recommendations to help prevent the spread of germs. The RTC is partnering with the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) to ensure riders are educated about the most current prevention methods. Information provided by SNHD is being included in email messaging to RTC customers, in addition to messaging on board buses, at transit terminals and on the rtcsnv.com website and the RTC Blog.

Additionally, the RTC has crews thoroughly cleaning the floors, windows, bus interior rails and the driver's area and applying a disinfectant solution on every public transit vehicle each night. The hospital-grade solution will kill 99 percent of germs and viruses and is being applied with electrostatic dispensers that administer disinfectant on all services on the interior of the vehicle. The use of the disinfectant is in addition to daily vehicle cleaning.

MGM Resorts sent the following:

We are proactively communicating with our employees on the guidance from the CDC regarding prevention. We have enhanced our cleaning protocols that include placing additional hand sanitizer dispensing stations in high-traffic areas, reinforcing proactive cleaning and increasing the frequency of disinfectant procedures. We continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines and are closely monitoring for updates.

CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara sent the following message:

I know that many of you are concerned regarding the recent developments on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Let me reassure you that the district continues to work closely with a coalition of partners, including the Office of the Governor, Clark County Government, the Southern Nevada Health District, and other agencies on a cohesive community response to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff.

As mentioned in previous messages, at this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus within CCSD. However, we are taking additional precautions to ensure our schools are clean and disinfected regularly in order for our buildings to remain conducive to learning. On Monday, March 9, we will provide additional cleaning to all schools in an abundance of caution. It is important to note that Monday was designated as a pre-planned day off for students and teachers, and has been on the CCSD master calendar for months.

I ask that you help CCSD in preventing the spread of germs by reminding children of everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

A few things you can do at home to prevent the spread of germs include disinfecting surfaces that your child touches often such as their backpacks, doorknobs, and light switches.

As always, we ask that you keep your child at home from school if they may be sick. Please reassure your children and keep them positive as they may be worried about current events. Keep them energized about learning and excited about attending school as we begin the 4th quarter.

Additionally, as mentioned yesterday, I have made the difficult decision to cancel all out-of-state and international student travel until further notice. Please know that the decision did not come lightly. It was made not only to safeguard the students who were scheduled to travel, but also to protect their fellow classmates who were staying in-state. I know that there are concerns related to the financial impact of cancelling field trips. Please know that my team is working with individual schools on a case-by-case basis to determine what options may be possible. We will continue evaluating travel and informing you on any developments.

Please know that CCSD is collaborating with the Southern Nevada Health District on a regular basis. The health district has activated an information phone line for those who may have questions about coronavirus. Currently, the phone line is staffed Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be reached by calling (702) 759-INFO (4636).

As superintendent, I am committed to keeping our parents and staff informed. The district will continue to provide updates to parents via ParentLink and by email for staff. Additionally, information related to coronavirus will continue to be posted online.

We are all learning how to respond to the spread of this virus. Thank you for your patience and continued support for CCSD.

Wynn Resorts posted the following:

All Wynn employees are prohibited from reporting to work with a respiratory illness that can be transmitted to others.

Employees insured by the company have access to healthcare, many of whom also have access to a 24-hour telemedicine provider.
Wynn Resorts has instituted a new Employee Sick leave policy which offers 5 days paid sick leave to ensure employees who are ill remain home.
If any employee were to be diagnosed as having coronavirus, they would be placed on a Medical Leave of Absence and would be paid for the duration of physician-mandated treatment.

For guests who feel unwell, we have detailed protocols developed in partnership with the Southern Nevada Health District.

If at any point you feel ill, return to your room and contact the front desk. A trained member of our staff will come to your room and help assess your situation, including taking a temperature reading, and evaluate the need for medical assistance.

Do not hesitate to let us know if you don't feel well; we are ready and prepared to help you.

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