LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Southern Nevada Health District announced on Wednesday that there are 3 new presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in Clark County, bringing the total to 5 cases in Clark County and 7 in the state.
Their announcement included the information that one of the new cases is a woman in her 40s from the state of New York. She arrived in Las Vegas on March 5, and attended the Women of Power Summit at The Mirage hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
MGM Resorts International informed guests and employees about the case on Wednesday.
The hotel-casino says that it is in the process of deep cleaning and sanitizing the woman's room. Access to the room will be restricted during this process.
MGM Resorts is also contacting anyone at the hotel-casino who may have had contact with the victim and directing them to self-quarantine.
The Mirage also sent the following statement to the media:
We were informed that an individual from New York who was a guest at The Mirage and an attendee of the Women of Power Summit from March 5-8 has tested positive for coronavirus. Upon learning of the individual’s symptoms, Mirage staff worked in coordination with the state health district to implement MGM Resorts’ health and safety protocol.
Professional cleaners with expertise in this area are deep cleaning and sanitizing the individual’s room, as outlined in the Company’s health and safety procedures and in accordance with CDC guidelines for eliminating the presence of the virus. Access to the room remains restricted as it undergoes this comprehensive cleaning and disinfectant process.
In addition to its pre-existing high standards of cleanliness, maintenance and sanitation at its properties, MGM Resorts in recent weeks implemented temporary enhanced cleaning procedures with a heavy emphasis on public areas.
We are currently coordinating with the Southern Nevada Health District to notify guests and employees who may have had close prolonged contact with the individual and are directing our employees to follow all self-quarantine requests.
We wish the individual well and offer our support in her recovery. The health and safety of our guests and employees is our highest priority, and we will continue implementing the health and safety steps we’ve taken to prepare for potential health and safety risks and combat the impact of this virus.
Information on MGM Resorts’ health and safety protocols:
MGM Resorts has maintained close coordination with health officials since the virus first became known and proactively communicates CDC prevention guidelines with guests and employees. The company has taken several steps to plan for potential health and safety risks, including investing time and resources to ensure its properties are prepared for the potential impacts of the coronavirus.
In addition to its pre-existing high standards of cleanliness, maintenance and sanitation at its properties, MGM Resorts in recent weeks implemented temporary enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols. They include:
Placing hand sanitizer dispensing stations in high-traffic, visible areas such as entrances, exits, elevator landings, and hotel lobbies.
Increasing the frequency of disinfectant procedures, with focus on:
- Faucets and toilet flush levers
- Doorknobs and locks
- Entrance and exit doors and door handles
- Slot machines handles and armrests
- Elevator buttons
- Light switches
The MGM Resort announced on Tuesday that it is closing the buffets at all of its Las Vegas properties, effective March 15. When asked if the closures were in response to the fear of the novel coronavirus, they would not positively confirm.