Several employees of subcontractors on the Saracen Casino Resort have tested positive for COVID-19 according to the Arkansas Times. Those workers have been in isolation according to the article.

When asked if there were more than 10 workers, Quapaw Tribal Chairman John Berrey told the Arkansas Times yes, but he declined to say if there were more than 20 workers who have tested positive.

There are more than 1,000 workers on the site, which Berrey called the “cleanest job site in Arkansas.” The interior of the casino has been fogged with disinfectant and otherwise sanitized on two occasions, he said, and everyone on site wears a mask and gloves and is stopped daily at the turnstile entrance for temperature checks and questions on contact. No salesmen or others not connected to the business are allowed on site. “You have to have a badge to get on the job,” Berrey said.

Those infected with COVID-19 have been employed with only two of the 30 subcontractors on-site, the chairman said. Some of those infected “have not been on the job in a while,” he said.

“If it was a broad spectrum of all our subs, we would probably not be working right now, but since it’s limited to two small groups” work continues, Berrey said. Berrey said both subs and nurses at Jefferson Regional Medical Center informed him of the infections and nurses have called also about contact tracing.

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