The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has just exceeded 115,000. Several countries are now experiencing rapidly growing infection rates. In the United States alone, over 1,000 people have now tested positive for Covid-19. This week, hotels began taking new measures to better prepare for a LV coronavirus outbreak.
It’s concerning news for those in Clark County (where a case has already been confirmed) and anyone interested in visiting Las Vegas. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the updates to this virus. We’ll also look at how Covid-19 may end up affecting the US gambling industry.
Let’s get into it!
Covid-19 Officially Named a Pandemic By the WHO
When the new coronavirus first began appearing in Wuhan, no one really knew how serious it would become. It wasn’t the first time a virus emerged in China. SARS, for example, was eventually killed off and many expected a similar scenario here.
Within a couple of weeks, it became clear that this was a virus unlike any other that we’ve seen. It has a unique ability to spread. Part of the reason for this is the ability for transmission between people before any symptoms have shown. It quickly began spreading to every single province in China and several nearby countries.
By early February, the virus was also present in many western countries. As the weeks progressed, more and more nations began announcing new cases of the virus. Experts began warning this could become a global pandemic.
About two weeks ago, Italy had three confirmed cases. Today, more than 12,000 individuals have tested positive and the entire country is under lockdown. This goes to show how devastating Covid-19 can be.
Today, the WHO has officially declared this virus a global pandemic. Some experts claim that in time, between 50-70% of the world’s population will become infected with the virus.
Officials in Las Vegas have feared growing infection rates in the city. This week, several major hotels began taking steps to prepare for a major LV coronavirus outbreak.
Is a LV Coronavirus Outbreak Inevitable?
Las Vegas is one of the most-visited cities in America. Millions of people fly in and out every single month and for that reason, some have expressed fears that it’s prime for coronavirus transmission. As of now, however, there have not been any major outbreaks seen in the city.
Some feel that it’s only a matter of time before many new cases are confirmed here. If that happens, it would be devastating to the city’s gambling industry.
If a real LV coronavirus outbreak takes place, all of the city’s major casino-resorts may be forced to temporarily shut down. That would cost the city’s casino companies millions of dollars every single day. We saw something similar take place in Macau.
The fact that thousands of people are crammed into such a small area on the Las Vegas Strip makes this city very likely for an outbreak. After new reports that the virus can be spread simply through breathing makes this even more likely. Health officials across the city have already begun preparing for a rise in infections.
It does seem that an outbreak is inevitable in Las Vegas. In reality, every city across the country is likely to see new infections in the coming months. How the country’s health services respond to the rise in cases is yet to be seen.
Las Vegas Hotels Began Covid-19 Preparations
This week, both Wynn Resorts and Caesars Entertainment announced new measures to deal with Covid-19. Caesars has taken several measures, including monitoring their employees’ health and better disinfectant measures for public areas. CEO Tony Rodio spoke to the media about these preparations to the media this week.
“We are committed to implementing recommendations from the health authorities to give you peace of mind as you visit our properties now and in the future,” he said. “The health and safety of our guests and employees will always be our most important consideration, especially in these challenging circumstances.”
Wynn Resorts has placed hand sanitizers throughout their Las Vegas hotels and now encourages any guests to self-quarantine in their room and call for support from the hotel desk, who will assess the situation. Any employees with symptoms of the coronavirus will immediately be placed on medical leave.
Matt Maddox released a statement, telling guests he wants Wynn Resorts’ hotels to be as safe as possible for guests.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to make Wynn and Encore a respite when you visit one of our resorts,” he said. “We’ve decided to raise our usual standards of cleanliness and health safety even higher … you can count on us to be a travel leader in meeting the challenge of the coronavirus. We assure you we will be attentive and vigilant so you can enjoy your vacation.”
It’s a very troubling time in the country. With the WHO’s decision to label the virus a pandemic, hope is that more countries begin taking more preventative steps to lower infection rates.
Stay tuned for more news on the situation over the next few months!