MGM offers in-room COVID-19 testing in Las Vegas

MGM Resorts International is now offering in-room COVID-19 testing at its Las Vegas properties to help keep tourists safe during the pandemic.

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MGM initially closed all domestic properties in March of last year and reopened them with restrictions in the second and third quarters of 2020. The Mandalay Bay, Park MGM, and Mirage properties reopened all-day for the first time since last spring on March 3, a 2020 annual report released on Tuesday.

“Convene with Confidence is the result of close consultation with health professionals and our increased focus on harnessing innovation to deliver not only a better, but safer guest experience,” said Bill Hornbuckle, CEO and President of MGM Resorts on Wednesday.

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He added that MGM Resorts was “confident” that the company “has developed a program that allows businesses to meet face to face while keeping them safe”.

In addition to contactless check-in and advanced cleaning routines, MGM has partnered with Community Ambulance to perform in-room COVID-19 tests at its Las Vegas resorts, according to a press release.

Tourists wear a mandatory mask while waiting to check-in at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 28, 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by DANIEL SLIM / AFP via Getty Images)

Guests can choose from three different COVID-19 tests, whichever suits their schedules and goal requirements. One test takes up to 72 hours, while the other two options take between 20 and 30 minutes.

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In-room testing service costs between $ 140 and $ 230 and is available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Participants of the MGM Resort event can also take part in an optional test procedure, which is made possible via the secure identity app CLEAR. Participants download the app, answer a range of health questions, take a molecular or antigen test, and see their results through the app as they become available.

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Cue Health provides the portable tests and Impact Health administers them to event attendees. As soon as test results are available and questions about the survey have been answered, the CARE app will issue users with a red or green “health pass”, which indicates whether visitors can participate in an event.

The company announced in its Tuesday report that COVID-19 “and the developments related to the global pandemic in 2021 had and is expected to have a significant impact on our business, financial position, results of operations and cash flows.”

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MGM Resorts properties have “continued to generate revenues well below historical results” due to social distancing measures that have increased the number of guests, slot machine usage, the number of card table spaces available and consumer fears Unemployment and soon. However, the company expects a positive shift in the coming months as vaccines become increasingly available.

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