Gila River Casinos temporarily close Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva locations amid COVID-19
PHOENIX - Gila River Hotels & Casinos says it is temporarily closing three of its locations amid rising coronavirus cases in Arizona.
The new closures will affect Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva.
All three casinos were closed at 2 a.m. Thursday morning and will reopen in two weeks.
“Nothing is more important to our community than the well-being of our team members and guests, children, elders, and families,” said Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis. “Like our sister tribes and businesses all over Arizona, we have tried to do what is best for all, while processing new information and new guidelines about the pandemic with little in the way of definitive guidance.”
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All employees will continue to be paid and will receive full benefits during the closure.
Gila River Hotels & Casinos says it will assess its coronavirus protocols, including cleaning, social distancing, health checks, and mask policies.
The company reopened casinos last month and implemented several changes after being closed due to the coronavirus.
In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu.
Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever.
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Right now there's one big difference between flu and coronavirus: A vaccine exists to help prevent the flu and it's not too late to get it. It won't protect you from catching the coronavirus, but may put you in a better position to fight it.
To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.
And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.