Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino employee tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 17:59:19-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — Officials from the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino say an employee working at the resort tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual last worked at the resort on July 4 and is now recovering at home, according to a release.

Officials say the resort has initiated its immediate response protocols set forth in its phased reopening plan.

The location began its phased reopening on June 18.

Seneca Niagara says it is working with the individual to establish who they may have come in contact with.

The resort and casino announced it has completed a deep sanitization of all applicable areas and the area where the team member was working has been regularly cleaned and disinfected daily. The area is now temporarily shut down to undergo additional deep cleaning.

“The health and safety of our guests, team members, and their families remains our highest priority, and we wish our team member a full and quick recovery," said David Sheridan, Interim CEO & CFO, Seneca Gaming Corporation. "We have established protocols in place to address any guest or team members who present a positive or suspected positive case or have had potential exposure. We are actively addressing this information per our strict protocols set forth in our Health, Sanitation, and Physical Distancing plan.

"Our team is in contact with the team member. We are also guiding team members who may have encountered the affected team member to the appropriate resources for testing and to seek medical guidance through their physician.”

A spokesperson for the Niagara County Department of Health released the following statement to 7 Eyewitness News:

"The county health department is aware of the positive case and has begun the contact tracing process."