Employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Pittsburgh casino shortly after reopening

Employee tests positive for coronavirus at Pittsburgh casino shortly after reopening

PITTSBURGH — An employee at Rivers Casino, just west of downtown Pittsburgh, has tested positive for COVID-19, company officials confirmed Wednesday.

A casino employee told WPXI that it was a table games dealer who tested positive, but officials did not confirm where in the casino the employee works or when the employee was last at work.

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The casino opened June 9 with heavy guidelines to limit the amount of exposure to the virus, just days after most of southwestern Pennsylvania moved into the green phase.

Casino officials issued the following statement regarding the positive case:

“Rivers Casino Pittsburgh was informed today that a Team Member has tested positive for COVID-19. Safety protocols put into place for reopening worked as intended, and all notifications are being made in accordance with Pennsylvania Health Department guidelines. In addition to property-wide sanitizing, all Team Members have worn face coverings since the casino reopened on June 9, and Team Members reporting any symptoms or a temperature above 100.4 degrees must get tested before returning to work.”

Rivers Casino also sent an email to all employees that reads, in part:

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are conducting a 48-hour look back from the time this Team Member clocked out. In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Team Members who spent more than 10 minutes within six feet of this individual will be notified. As you know, all Team Members have worn face coverings since reopening. We strongly encourage Team Members and guests to continue following the advice of health and safety experts on and off property. As Pennsylvania continues to reopen for business, we must remain vigilant throughout our daily routines to help limit the spread of COVID-19.”

The casino opened June 9 with heavy guidelines to limit the amount of exposure to the virus, just days after most of southwestern Pennsylvania moved into the green phase.
The casino opened June 9 with heavy guidelines to limit the amount of exposure to the virus, just days after most of southwestern Pennsylvania moved into the green phase. (File photo via Pixabay.com)