Caesars Entertainment employee in Las Vegas dies of COVID-19

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LAS VEGAS – After testing positive for the coronavirus, a Caesars Entertainment worker has died. 

“We are heartbroken by this development and send our deepest sympathies to their family and friends,” company spokesman Richard Broome said in a statement on Saturday.

The company has not been able to determine how the employee contracted the virus and would not comment on where they worked, according to Broome.

The worker died less than one month after several hotel-casinos reopened in the wake of a COVID-19 shutdown that lasted almost three months. 

The Southern Nevada Health District investigated who had interacted with the worker, a process that led to quarantine for several employees.

“As a result, a small number of employees were identified to be in this category and are now on paid leave while self-isolating,” Broome said. “We are not aware that any of these individuals have tested positive at this time.”

Those quarantined employees will not return to work until the self-isolation period has expired and they get a negative COVID-19 test result. 

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in Nevada are surging. 

The known number of Nevadans who have tested positive for the coronavirus reached 17,894 on Monday morning, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard. That’s an increase of 734 new cases over what was previously reported on Sunday. 

Four additional deaths were reported, bringing the total to 504.

The state’s seven-day average positive test rate dipped to 15.7%, the first drop since June 15. The rate still exceeds the World Health Organization’s recommended test rate goal of 5% for economies to reopen.

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal right here

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