Two Oklahoma casinos close after employees tests positive for coronavirus
COVID-19 spokes are causing casinos to wonder if they reopened too soon
At least three-quarters of the US casinos have resumed operations after nearly three months of being on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps the fact that they opened while there is still an ongoing pandemic and rise in cases means that people will be more exposed to the virus, especially in crowded, closed environments like casinos. Now, casinos across the country are having some issues, particularly in Oklahoma, where two casinos have decided to shut down again after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.
Both casinos, the Black Hawk Casino in Shawnee and Sac and Fox Casino in Stroud, are operated by the Sac and Fox Nation. The tribe said in a Facebook post on Monday that “out of an abundance of caution,” both casinos will be closed “until further notice.” The statement added, “During the temporary closure, both facilities will be deep cleaned and disinfected. A comprehensive health and sanitation program is in place and officials from the Sac and Fox Nation are working with the Nation’s Chief Medical Officer to ensure the safety of all employees and guests.”
Oklahoma was one of the states at the bottom half of the state in terms of total confirmed cases; however, the numbers of new cases have been growing exponentially. Since mid-June, the state has set some new records for confirmed daily new cases. As of Tuesday, the state had reported 11,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 371 confirmed deaths. Just a month ago, the CEO of Lucky Star Casino confirmed to employees about a staff member from the Concho location who also tested positive. But the casino was not closed as per health officials’ recommendations.
The closures follow on the heels of issues seen in another state. This past Monday, it was announced that three casinos in Arizona were closing after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.