Covid-19, the novel coronavirus that’s become a global pandemic, continues to spread around the United States. It’s likely that several thousand individuals are now infected in the country, yet exact rates are completely unknown. This week, more cases of the coronavirus in casinos are beginning to appear.
The gambling industry is already taking a major hit. Additional cases aren’t helping to make things any better. Today, we’re going to discuss the way this new virus continues to affect the world.
Let’s get into it!
More Covid-19 Cases Confirmed Around the US
In early March, very few cases of the novel coronavirus had been confirmed in the United States. Less than two weeks later, we now have at least 1,200 cases and likely many thousands more that have not been confirmed. Every day, more states announced additional cases.
Today, for example, Kansas and Georgia announced their first deaths from the virus. Alaska revealed its first case. Nevada has cases already, too. It’s become clear to health officials that early testing efforts in the country failed and we’re now dealing with the consequences.
Several states are being hit hard. Washington is still considered the worst-affected state with more than 450 cases and 31 deaths. California is also seeing a considerably steep rise in infections.
This will not slow down anytime soon. In fact, health experts now feel the US is on a similar trajectory as Italy. If that’s correct, the country will soon begin seeing its hospitals put under extreme strain.
The sky is not falling, though. If the correct measures are taken, the country will be able to better contain the virus and hopefully, a vaccine is developed to protect the public. For now, we’re having to wait as more infections are reported.
More Cases of the Coronavirus in Casinos Pop Up
In 2013, lawmakers in Massachusetts passed a law to allow Class III casinos to begin operating in the state. Within a few years, MGM Resorts International opened the state’s first casino. A few years after that, Wynn Resorts opened the Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, near Boston.
According to new reports, an individual who spent time in the Encore Boston Harbor has tested positive for the coronavirus. This is exactly what major casino-resort companies had feared. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has already released a statement about the situation.
“DPH recommends that Encore continue its enhanced sanitization practices. Additionally, Encore has reported that, out of an abundance of caution, all identified individuals have agreed to self-quarantine measures. Public health authorities have informed the MGC and Encore that, based on their review of the facts, the individual was asymptomatic (not exhibiting symptoms) on March 5. Consequently, DPH has advised that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by persons who came into contact with this individual at Encore is minimal.”
Despite new cases of the coronavirus in casinos within Massachusetts, the state’s gambling industry continues to operate. How much revenue these gambling establishments are earning right now is unknown.
This is a troubling time and more casinos are likely to report cases over the next few weeks. In time, states may decide that it’s time to ban all casinos from allowing the public in.
Future of the US Casino Industry
As you might expect, casinos around the country are already seeing their numbers drop. As more cases of the coronavirus are announced, less individuals are choosing to visit crowded areas such as casinos. Some fear that the entire casino industry here is in danger of failing.
Just days ago, reports surfaced that an individual with the coronavirus had visited The Mirage casino-resort in Las Vegas. The city’s mayor recently claimed that media reports of the virus were significantly damaging the tourism industry here.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to play casino games, though. There are still many online casino sites in the US that are operating. These allow you to play games from anywhere with an internet connection.
It seems likely that the US online casino industry may grow over the next couple of months.
This is a very unusual time for the country. The spread of this virus is almost unprecedented and scientists are still trying to learn about its effects.
Time will tell how the news additional cases of the coronavirus will affect the country’s gambling industry. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!