Las Vegas Could Be Epicenter Of COVID Transmission

Published September 1, 2020 by Sol FH

Las Vegas Could Be Epicenter Of COVID Transmission

Las Vegas has been open since June 2, but the cost of doing business could become fatal.

Las Vegas, Nevada was reopened on June 2 after months of lockdown due to the Novel Coronavirus. The US has been hit harder than any nation in the world but it hasn't stopped gambling enthusiasts from flocking to Las Vegas to play at their favorite casinos and try to have a good time, whether responsible or not. 

The US has yet to put in place any sort of contact placement program to track COVID-19 spread. ProPublica, a nonprofit organization based in New York City that focuses on investigative journalism commissioned a study by Tectonix and X-Mode, in order to analyze data from smart mobile devices taken on a weekend during the month of July of 26,000 users that visited Las Vegas. Because the US does not have a contact placement program, Tectonix and X-Mode used fitness and weather apps to track where the 26,000 users traveled next. 

After the four day testing period, the data collected showed that visitors had returned to every US state except for Maine. This could be highly dangerous for the entire country as if Las Vegas becomes a contact point, millions of more Americans could be infected with the virus due to travel and activities in Las Vegas.

“People have been highly mobile, and as a result, it makes sense why we see the continuation of the surge,” commented Oscar Alleyne, Chief Program Officer of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. America's unwillingness to shut down and quarantine nationally is the reason the country has been hit so hard.

Nevada's gaming regulators put multiple COVID-19 requirements and restrictions in place in order to get the casinos up and running. This has proven not to be enough, as the virus continues to spread. Once the US has a contract placement program in place, only time will tell how many people contracted the virus on or around the Strip. 

There are currently over 50,000 COVID-19 cases in Clark County. That may look as if they have successfully begun to flatten the curve, however, with so much traffic coming in and out of the County, Las Vegas is potentially spreading the virus around the US. 


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