On Wednesday, the Southern Nevada Health District reported that there are now three new possible positive cases of COVID-19 in Clark County. That brings the total number of presumed coronavirus cases up to five in Southern Nevada.
The two presumed cases of COVID-19 in Reno, Nevada make it seven cases in the entire state currently.
MGM Resorts International made a formal announcement about the case on Wednesday to properly warn guests and staff. This announcement came one day after the company announced its temporary closure of the buffets at all of their Las Vegas properties, to be put into effect this Sunday, March 15.
While the company would not confirm whether the buffet closures were indeed a preemptive response to the coronavirus, they did release a formal statement to the media regarding the presumed coronavirus case of their hotel guest:
We were informed that an individual from New York who was a guest at The Mirage and an attendee of the Women of Power Summit from March 5-8 has tested positive for coronavirus. Upon learning of the individual’s symptoms, Mirage staff worked in coordination with the state health district to implement MGM Resorts’ health and safety protocol.
Professional cleaners with expertise in this area are deep cleaning and sanitizing the individual’s room, as outlined in the Company’s health and safety procedures and in accordance with CDC guidelines for eliminating the presence of the virus. Access to the room remains restricted as it undergoes this comprehensive cleaning and disinfectant process.
In addition to its pre-existing high standards of cleanliness, maintenance and sanitation at its properties, MGM Resorts in recent weeks implemented temporary enhanced cleaning procedures with a heavy emphasis on public areas.
We are currently coordinating with the Southern Nevada Health District to notify guests and employees who may have had close prolonged contact with the individual and are directing our employees to follow all self-quarantine requests.
We wish the individual well and offer our support in her recovery. The health and safety of our guests and employees is our highest priority, and we will continue implementing the health and safety steps we’ve taken to prepare for potential health and safety risks and combat the impact of this virus.
MGM Resorts Health and Safety Procedures
In addition to the transparency found in their formal statement announcing the presumed coronavirus case, the company also released its health and safety procedures to reassure guests, visitors, and company employees:
MGM Resorts has maintained close coordination with health officials since the virus first became known and proactively communicates CDC prevention guidelines with guests and employees. The company has taken several steps to plan for potential health and safety risks, including investing time and resources to ensure its properties are prepared for the potential impacts of the coronavirus.
In addition to its pre-existing high standards of cleanliness, maintenance and sanitation at its properties, MGM Resorts in recent weeks implemented temporary enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols. They include:
Placing hand sanitizer dispensing stations in high-traffic, visible areas such as entrances, exits, elevator landings, and hotel lobbies.
Increasing the frequency of disinfectant procedures, with focus on:
- Faucets and toilet flush levers
- Doorknobs and locks
- Entrance and exit doors and door handles
- Slot machines handles and armrests
- Elevator buttons
- Light switches
MGM Resorts Stocks Dropping
With the recent announcements of their data breach, buffets closing, and a recent hotel guest possibly having the virus, MGM Resorts International’s stock has been running wild on the charts.
It’s hard to tell the trajectory their stock will take within the coming weeks. The best thing to do right now if you’re investing in it is to keep a watchful eye on the news surrounding MGM Resorts International and the coronavirus.
MGM Temporarily Closing its Buffets
Buffets are actually a big money-maker for Strip casino operators, as they can easily charge anywhere between $25-$50 per person to dine, depending on weekday vs. weekend brunch, dinner, and gourmet dinner pricing.
It’s unsure whether MGM Resorts International decided to temporarily halt buffet operations due to dropped occupancy levels in their various Las Vegas properties, but what we do know if that the company will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 news weekly and assess what to do from there.
Stay tuned for more news regarding the global coronavirus pandemic, including how it’s continuing to affect Las Vegas casinos, tourism, and industry workers.