MGM Resorts International has confirmed its first COVID-19 case this week involving an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association (SOA), who was based in the Yonkers Raceway race office. 

The company released the following statement: “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.

“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.”

In the statement, MGM Resorts said that it has maintained close coordination with health officials since the virus first became known and proactively communicates Centers for Disease Control (CDC) prevention guidelines with guests and employees. 

It added that it 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 recent weeks the company has also implemented temporary enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols.