Covid-19, the coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, has now infected individuals in ten states around the US. Health officials are working extremely hard to stop the spread of this deadly new virus. Unfortunately, a new case of the coronavirus at Wildhorse Casino in Oregon has just been confirmed.
It’s scary news for visitors to this gambling venue. Washington is already being hit extremely hard and some now worry that Oregon is next. Let’s take a look at what we know about the new case at the Oregon casino.
Coronavirus Has Now Spread to 10 States
In a little over two months, the coronavirus has spread from Wuhan China to nearly 70 countries around the world. More than 90,000 individuals have been infected and 3,000 have been killed. Based on the current trend, this situation will get considerably worse before it gets any better.
Health officials claimed it was only a matter of time before the US was hit. This prediction turned out to be true. As we already mentioned, cases of this virus have been recorded in 10 different states around the country. Health officials in various states are preparing for outbreaks.
Around 100 cases have been confirmed in the US. Some of these cases were from individuals flying into the country from infected areas including the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship. Some believe there are significantly more cases that simply haven’t been confirmed yet.
Washington is experiencing the worst outbreak. As of now, it’s unclear exactly how many individuals have been infected here. Some estimate that hundreds of individuals in King County are at risk.
A new case has just been confirmed at an Oregon casino. That’s troubling news, considering the potential for person-to-person spreading inside the gambling venue.
Coronavirus at Wildhorse Casino Has Been Confirmed
With Oregon’s close proximity to Washington, it seemed likely that new cases would begin popping up here. That’s now the case, as an employee at the Wildhorse Casino near Pendleton has tested positive for the virus. Health officials are now trying to find out whether or not any others were infected inside the gambling venue.
The employee, who’s reported to live in Umatilla County, is now receiving treatment in the hospital. Due to the coronavirus at Wildhorse Casino, this venue has been closed and will soon go under a sterilization process. According to reports, the infected individual also attended a youth basketball game.
The Oregon Health Authority released a statement on the situation to the media today.
“State and local health officials are moving quickly to contact people who may have been in close contact with the individual who tested as a presumptive positive case,” the statement said. “The third case is not linked to travel to a part of the world with known cases of COVID-19. It is considered a case of community transmission.”
Casinos pose real dangers for infection spread. The large number of individuals packed into the small area makes it easy for person-to-person transmission. Hopefully, Oregon is able to contain any outbreaks over the next few months.
Oregon’s Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow
As of March of 2020, more than 20 states have legalized sports betting. That includes Oregon, which legalized this industry back in August of 2019. Initially, only land-based sports betting was available here. In October, online sports gambling became available in the state.
This industry has grown fast here. Millions of dollars are being placed on sports wagers here every single month. Revenue from this industry has slowly climbed since becoming legal.
With the new case of the coronavirus at Wildhorse Casino, some feel the state’s gambling industry may suffer. Gamblers here may start to think twice about playing inside a land-based casino.
It’s not entirely clear how many individuals in Oregon have been infected. Health officials in the state are working to test those who may have been in contact with the Wildhorse Casino employee. We’ll get a clearer picture over the next couple of weeks.
The coronavirus continues to spread around the world. It seems like just a matter of time before one of the country’s major cities is affected. In the meantime, officials are working hard to come up with a vaccine.
Stay tuned for updates on the situation in Oregon!