Virus Outbreak Nevada

The Las Vegas Strip is devoid of the usual crowds and traffic after casinos and other business were shuttered due to the coronavirus Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas gaming and resort properties announced Tuesday that they will partner with University Medical Center (UMC), the Culinary Health Fund and the Las Vegas Convention Center to provide COVID-19 testing for gaming employees prior to returning to work.

In addition to MGM Resorts, Caesars and Boyd properties will participate in the COVID-19 employee testing plan, according to a news release. UMC and the Culinary Health Fund will work together to collect up to 4,000 samples per day for testing.

"The ability to safely reopen our properties has been our singular focus over the past several weeks," said Bill Hornbuckle, acting CEO and President of MGM Resorts International. "This testing partnership will allow us to provide our employees and guests peace of mind that we are taking the greatest possible precautions to keep them safe."

Testing is expected to begin May 21 and will continue as employees are called back to work, the release said.

"COVID-19 testing ensures that Culinary Union members are safe when they return to work," said Geoconda Arguello-Klne, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Union. "The health and safety of both workers and casino guests is our top priority."

Employees called back to work will schedule an appointment for their test, with results confirmed with 48 hours of testing. According to the release, positive results will be provided to the employee and forwarded to the Southern Nevada Health District for contract tracing.

"Caesars appreciates the gaming industry union partnership with UMC to test our employees for COVID-19," said Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment. "All Caesars employees would complete a pre-screening questionnaire and the results would determine the need for a COVID-19 test before returning to work."

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