COVID-19 Outbreak Reported at Casino Caribbean
Yakima Health District officials say Yakima is meeting two important metrics to be able to stay in Phase-3 of the state's reopening plan. The numbers show Yakima is doing everything needed to keep the numbers low.
But while the numbers are low there was an outbreak at a local business earlier this month. The outbreak was reported at Casino Caribbean where 12 people tested positive for COVID-19 on May 5.
As a result of the outbreak Yakima Health District officials recommended testing all employees, requiring a vaccination before returning to work, weekly testing of employees, masking and monitoring staff for symptoms of the virus. Those rules are now in place.
Because of the outbreak owners of the casino voluntarily closed on May 7. Since then the business has undergone a deep cleaning to make sure the casino was free of the virus.
Casino Caribbean reopened on May 9 with only employees who had tested negative, had COVID-19 within 90 days or were fully vaccinated. The business is open with constant monitoring by owners and the health district.
Currently 19 of the 112 employees from the casino have tested positive for COVID-19 and all are now at home. Once they recover they'll have to be tested for the virus. And all employees must provide a negative test before returning to work.
The health district continues to work with the business located at 1901 Boggess Lane in Yakima. There's no concern about the public and no customers were reported to have COVID-19 for being inside the facility before the outbreak was discovered.