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Wynn Resorts is Building Own COVID-19 Testing Lab in Vegas

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Posted on 15 October 2020 by "T".

CEO Matt Maddox of Wynn Resorts announced on October 1 that the casino-hotel company is set to build its very own COVID-19 testing lab at its Las Vegas Strip property, Wynn Las Vegas, as a way for a faster comeback to events.

According to The Nevada Independent, Maddox says studies show many potential visitors to the Southern Nevada choose not to travel to Sin City due to fear of contracting the novel coronavirus from infected individuals. He said, "We must alleviate that fear."

Maddox says that this can be done by conducting an all-scale, quick COVID-19 testing. Along with the help of Georgetown University, leading labs in California and New York, and the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Wynn Las Vegas is going to build a coronavirus laboratory at the Strip casino resort which would be able to conduct thousands of rapid tests every day, with same-day results. Construction is already in progress.

Maddox says that the Wynn/UMC lab will offer patrons and employees a testing center that is most accurate in America and will use FDA-approved polymerize chain reaction (PCR) technology.

As his mentor Steve Wynn stepped down in early 2018 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, Maddox took over and has since then led Wynn Resorts as CEO.

Las Vegas Recovery
Nevada is one of the places on earth that relies heavily on tourism, and the state's biggest city is still reeling as a result of the viral pandemic.

Visitor counts remain low, with August only getting 1.5 million visitors in Las Vegas - a 57% year-over-year decline. Gross gaming revenue (GGR) in the Las Vegas strip was $317 million, a 25% drop compared to August last year.

All big gatherings and conventions are not allowed, but this could change in the remaining months of this year. Recently, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced that big venues which can hold over 2,500 people are finally allowed to operate at 10% capacity indoors, and smaller venues can operate at 50% capacity or 250 people, whichever is less.

Maddox states that the government alone is not enough to restart Las Vegas to its full former glory, "Many of the city's unique and fun experiences are not operating at all because they are mass gatherings.  Our elected officials are rightly focused on keeping people safe. I'm happy to see the progress moving the mass gathering limit to 250 but hoping our government alone will also solve getting Las Vegas back on track is not viable. Hope, as the saying goes, is not a strategy. Instead, community leaders must present science-based options that advance our broader goals to reignite our city."

How the test works

Maddox says anyone who gets tested in the Wynn/UMC lab will have their results in just hours on a free mobile app. The data is kept private.

If the COVID-19 test shows a negative result, then that person will be allowed to enter a convention, show, nightclub, or any other crowded establishment.

If the test is positive, Maddox said, "If by chance, someone is infected after they take the test, science tells us that it takes approximately 48 hours for that person to become communicable."

He continued, "We are not planning on creating a full "Wynn bubble" by testing everyone in every environment, but instead requiring a test for employees to work or guests to attend a show, convention, nightclub or other crowded space that exceeds the "mass gathering" state-mandated limits. Clearly, we will need approval from the state to execute this plan, but having worked closely with leading medical experts around the country, I believe that this approach can accelerate Nevada's recovery, and not just for the Las Vegas Strip, but also to reopen our schools. 

Nothing in life is 100 percent safe but establishing these safe zones by testing thousands of people per day with the PCR test, dramatically mitigates the danger of community spread and, with empirical evidence and careful execution, will work. The probability of a contagious COVID carrier entering a "safe zone" is less than one-tenth of 1 percent. 

I do hope a vaccine will be available and widely adopted soon, but we can't wait. We want Nevadans back to work and our kids back to school. We owe these efforts to our visitors and to the citizens of Las Vegas whose lives and futures depend on Las Vegas attracting millions of tourists and getting back to the business of fun.

I see recovery on the other side of this turbulent river, but patiently waiting for the waters to subside is not the most effective approach. Rapid tests and safe zones are the stepping stones we can use to continue to cross this river."

Source: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/a-vision-to-accelerate-the-las-vegas-comeback

 


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11 comments on "Wynn Resorts is Building Own COVID-19 Testing Lab in Vegas"

 dule-vu16/10/2020 19:02:20 GMT
probably it was just question of month,when some resort or big casino will do something like this in las vegas!we all know how much money is in the game and how situation isnt good in this city for business,so they must change something and they must offer something different to people!situation isnt better and they want to show people that they can be secure,if they test players!we will see how this will affect on their business!
 antonis32117/10/2020 20:07:19 GMT
'' Thousand of tests per day '' they will be able to do in these facilities , I read in the news . this is fascinating . Extraordinary . for Las Vegas casino , very responsible behavior by them , at least at their resort I would feel 100% safe with the tests
. if the care so much for the tests so as to build these laboratory facilities , i would bet they take many other precauttions and measures to protect puplic health as well .
Well done !!!
 dule-vu18/10/2020 09:43:04 GMT
maybe its too much from them to say thousands per day,but they probably want to send message to all players how they will do things and that they will be sure as casino resort!this situation will continue,so they need to change something and when something is new,players love it!but if they will not give masks to them,there is no point!
 CALICUL18/10/2020 18:09:18 GMT
We don't have to do tests for Covid because he puts that thing in your nose and breaks that membrane there.. or whatever it's called, for destroy our immunity. Casinos are not hospitals or private clinics to trust them. Be careful with something like that.
 dule-vu19/10/2020 11:17:35 GMT
as we can see on all sides of planer big sites cancel live tournaments,no matter is it on caribbean or in ireland,so ofcourse it canT be done in las vegas also!so now they can only give to people this kind of security,that they will test players,because they know that on that way they will earn much more money!
 CALICUL19/10/2020 20:38:19 GMT
Hard times are coming and politicians are playing theater with many countries and pretending to be fighting against New World Order. I'm sorry that many tournaments and satellites are canceled These are decisions against humanity on a planetary level.
 antonis32120/10/2020 01:05:26 GMT
With all hese tests they will be able to control the situation , the sprad a lot in thei area , they will help a lot the community , their resort will benefit a lot from ths new facility , if the get the approval to go on with these plans of theirs and make reality these facilities to help people and the region there ,
 geseco1220/10/2020 05:34:20 GMT
It is important to do a coronavirus test to improve and so the poker does not look stained, always with
 dule-vu20/10/2020 13:30:00 GMT
yes antonis,you are right!we all know that they think only on profit and thats why they will do everything to bring people in their resort!ofcourse this will also help to las vegas as city,because they will test people also!we will see how this will work,but at least they try to make some changes on better!
 CALICUL21/10/2020 08:09:14 GMT
My advice is not to do that coronavirus test, because at the hospital she will put those sticks in nose and break your blood-brain encephalic barrier, so that any microbe to penetrate body more easily. It's better to stay home and play a lot of poker online for win something good. I wish you success.
 antonis32123/10/2020 19:52:45 GMT
A business , especially a business in the entertainment like casino industry or a hotel , it is very good news that it is interested to build such a facility . To be able to have a test for free 24/7 is sth tourists would appreciate a lot . I believe it would help a lot the local community as well , people from there would also get benefit from it as I have already said , so there is nop reason not to allow them to build such a facility . Not only Wynn Resorts , but every casino or hotel or business that wants to build a testing laboratory facility like this .

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