Casino MGM confirms report of coronavirus at Yonkers Raceway March 11, 2020 By Ezra Amacher MGM Resorts confirmed a case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Yonkers Raceway involving a Standardbred Owners Association employee. The SOA employee tested positive for the coronavirus before passing away. Yonkers Raceway will be temporarily shut down. MGM Resorts said in a statement: “We just learned that an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association, working in the racing office of Yonkers Raceway, located next to the racetrack and paddock, tested positive for the coronavirus before passing away. His death was announced today by New Jersey officials, as he was a resident of the state. We believe the last time he was on the property to be approximately eight days ago. We offer our condolences to his family during this difficult time.” Employees who work in the Yonkers Raceway racing office were asked to self-quarantine. Yonkers Raceway is attached to the Empire City Casino. MGM Resorts said it has implemented enhanced cleaning procedures in recent weeks including placing hand sanitizer dispensing stations throughout its properties and increasing the frequency of disinfectant procedures. MGM Resorts has temporarily closed its Las Vegas buffets. Wynn Las Vegas recently added new safety guidelines in response to the coronavirus as well. The company will provide employees five days of paid sick leave, offer increased sanitizing and at buffets staff will serve guests to limit touching of utensils.