The Wynn hotel is seen in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 29, 2020.
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Nearly 500 employees at Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas have tested positive for the coronavirus since re-opening in June, the company said in a press release.
Wynn Resorts said it has conducted 15,051 tests and found 548 positive cases, meaning the positivity test rate was 3.6% — “well below the US national average,” the company said.
Of those, 548 positive tests, 51 results dated back to before the hotels re-opened in June, and 497 were post-reopening.
The company said Wynn Las Vegas has hosted more than 500,000 guests since its re-opening, and six guests have tested positive after being offered in-room testing.
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Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas revealed Thursday that nearly 500 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus since its hotels re-opened in June.
The five-star resort closed at the start of the pandemic and re-opened in June with new COVID-19 safety, cleaning, and social distance protocols to protect guests during their stay.
The resort said in a press release it was releasing the results from its contact tracing and testing program as part of its “commitment to public transparency of its efforts to keep guests and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The company said it conducted 15,051 tests in total and found 548 positive COVID-19 cases among employees — 51 of those cases occurred before the hotels re-opened in June, and 497 occurred after re-opening. The company noted that the overall positivity test rate was 3.6%.
The release added that “98% of the employees testing positive contracted the virus outside of work.”
According to the press release, the company tested groups of “up to 700 employees every two weeks using an algorithm to ensure a random sample,” confirming those who are positive and asymptomatic.
The resort also noted that the “positivity rate” has declined since it carried out the programs, and in its most recent round of testing on September 11, just one of 285 employees tested positive.
“Our goal, by implementing our Surveillance Testing Program and establishing a robust in-house contact tracing effort, is to make Wynn Las Vegas the safest place our guests and employees can go outside of their own homes,” CEO of Wynn Resorts, Matt Maddox said, according to the press release.
The resort has a team of contract tracers who work with security, according to the press release, and evaluates each employee to determine when they were infected with the virus.
Nevada currently has over 75,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with a 5.1% positivity rate, and more than 1,500 deaths, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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