USA – It has been revealed within the last few hours that an employee at an American global hospitality and entertainment firm; MGM Resorts International, has contracted and tested positive for coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome – a virus closely related to the SARS virus.
The staff member, who worked for Standardbred Owners Association and is based at Yonkers Raceway, has reportedly died from the virus, forcing the closure of the venue and prompting urgent quarantine advice from the owners of any employees who may have come in to contact with the employee.
MGM Resorts International made a statement on the tragedy:
“We just learned that an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association, working in the racing office of Yonkers Raceway, located next to the racetrack and paddock, tested positive for the coronavirus before passing away. His death was announced today by New Jersey officials, as he was a resident of the state. We believe the last time he was on the property to be approximately eight days ago. We offer our condolences to his family during this difficult time.”
Reportedly, Yonkers Raceway, a one-half-mile standardbred harness racing dirt track and slots racino located at the intersection of Central Park Avenue and Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers, New York, near the New York City border, will remain closed until further notice.
MGM Resorts added:
“As a result of this development, the racetrack will be shut down as of this afternoon, and we have asked employees who worked in the immediate area to self-quarantine. We will continue to coordinate with and follow the guidance of health officials and support them in their response and prevention efforts.”
Yonkers Raceway is owned by MGM Growth Properties; an real estate investment trust, and operated by MGM Resorts International.