The confirmation of a positive case of the potentially deadly corona virus at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Southern California has triggered new concerns over public health safety, pushing many to predict that reopening of casinos could pave way for another wave of the deadly transmissions.
Health authorities as well as the Morongo Casino Resort have confirmed that a manager at the entertainment facility has tested positive for COVID-19 just weeks after the venue resumed operations following a lengthy shutdown. However, the casino claimed that the infected manager had not been in direct contact with guests and he had not shown any symptoms when he returned to work.
After confirmation of the infection, the manager was immediately placed under isolation and was instructed not to return to work until medically cleared to do so. Without releasing the name of the infected employee, the casino also admitted that the corona-infected manager had been in contact with eleven team members, who have also been tested for the deadly virus but luckily they have not reported any symptoms of the disease thus far. They have also been asked to stay away from work and remain in isolation until health authorities allow them to visit a public place.
It is worth-mentioning here that the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Southern California reopened its doors to the public on May 22nd with much fanfare. As the facility resume operations after months of shutdown caused by the deadly corona virus pandemic, it’s reopening was praised by both, its employees and gaming enthusiasts. However, state health authorities had warned at the time that it was too early for the facility to resume operations amid unrelenting corona virus pandemic.
On May 15th, Gov. Newsom wrote in a letter to tribal leaders, “This virus does not recognize jurisdictional boundaries, and it is in the best interest of the public health to move toward reopening in concert.”
However, being a tribal casino on tribal land, the facility didn’t care for the Gov. Gavin Newsom’s instructions. It is owned as well as operated by the Morongo Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians on their tribal land, which enjoys sovereign status under their agreement with the federal government. While for most people, COVID-19 causes only mild or moderate symptoms, for some, particularly the elderly people with existing health issues, it can cause severe pneumonia and death.