The family of a Caesars Palace employee who died after being infected with coronavirus accused Las Vegas Casino of forcing him to return to work and failing to protect him and others from the virus at work.
51-year-old Adolfo Fernandez died on Wednesday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas – just two days after the diagnosis of COVID-19.
His family told KVVU-TV that Fernandez worked as a utility and was a member of Culinary Union Local 226.
Fernandez’s daughter Irma works as a housekeeper at Venetian, another casino on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
She expressed her anger on Friday that Caesars could not protect her father.
51-year-old Adolfo Fernandez died on Wednesday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas – just two days after the diagnosis of COVID-19
His family said he worked as a porter at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday and died in a hospital just two days later
“I will fight for justice because he kept telling me that they are not taking the right safety precautions at work,” said Fernandez.
“They don’t protect their employees.”
Caesars Entertainment, the parent company that operates Caesars Palace and other resorts in Las Vegas, confirmed this weekend that one of its employees has died from COVID-19.
“Unfortunately, we can confirm that one of our colleagues died after being tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement said.
“We are heartbroken about this development and express our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
‘Although we were unable to determine how the employee became infected with the virus, the company implemented its protocols to determine who was in close proximity to that person, following instructions from the Southern Nevada Health District, after the employee told us about it had informed positive tests.
As a result, it was found that a small number of employees fall into this category and are now on paid vacation while isolating themselves.
“As far as we know, none of these people have performed positive tests at this time.
“They won’t work again until they get a negative test result.”
Irma Fernandez said her father had a severe case of work-related stress.
When he returned to work, he complained of body aches. Eventually he fell ill with coronavirus, which then attacked vital organs.
“He gradually faded,” she said. “His death was so painful.”
Caesars Palace deployed a police force on Wednesday asking guests to wear masks at their casinos and resorts. Above is a face mask worn on Thursday by the statue of Julius Caesar at the entrance to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Guests arrived at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip after the property reopened on June 4 for the first time in 78 days. You were greeted with a new casino with new health and safety measures
Irma said her father had two cardiac arrests after he tested positive. She said her father was concerned about returning to work, but felt that he had no choice because his priority was to take care of his family.
“He was exposed to his daily work at Caesars Palace,” said Fernandez.
“He did it to support his family. He was a great father and a great hardworking man.
“A generous person. And my father, he fought hard. “
After her father developed COVID-19, other family members were also exposed.
According to Irma Fernandez, her mother and her cousin tested positive for COVID-19.
As a precaution, she said that she had taken her children to a hotel.
“It came to my home and infected my family members,” said Fernandez.
“I don’t want to lose my two parents.”
The Culinary Workers Union, a 60,000-strong organization representing employees in casinos, hotels and restaurants in Las Vegas and Reno, plans to file a lawsuit against “major Las Vegas Strip casino companies” on Monday.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the union will claim in its lawsuit that local casinos have not adequately protected workers from the corona virus.
The union told the review journal that “the current rules and procedures for responding to COVID-19 contractors were completely and dangerously inadequate.”
Union officials plan to hold a virtual press conference on Monday to let the public know which companies they want to sue.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (see Carson City above on Wednesday) bowed to public pressure and last week gave a mandate that citizens must wear a face mask in public. The order entered into force on Friday
Irma Fernandez said she planned to speak at the event.
The same day her father died, Caesars announced that all guests at its casinos and other resorts in the United States would need to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
The company said that anyone who refuses to wear a mask will be asked to leave the property.
Previously, the company had contracted guests at its Las Vegas casinos to wear masks only at table games without barriers, according to the rules set by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Crowds flocked to the casinos in Las Vegas on June 4 after 78 days of inactivity.
The public was allowed back to the venues that were changed by new health and safety measures to combat the spread of the virus.
All employees were wearing masks or face shields when they returned for the first time since March 18, and the players were further apart at tables under the new protocol.
Many casinos have also constructed glass partitions between slot machines and players at tables to separate them. In certain hotels, guests had to perform a temperature check before entering.
Nevada reported a record daily increase in additional confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
However, health officials later said the bulge was largely due to errors in entering laboratory data, which delayed the publication of hundreds of cases compared to two previous days.
The State Department of Health and Human Services reported another 1,099 confirmed cases, mostly from the Las Vegas Metro.
The number of additional cases reported on Saturday was more than twice the previous record of 507 on Thursday.
However, the Southern Nevada Health Agency said the daily increase reported included over 600 cases that should have been reported earlier in the week, but were not.
The additional 1,099 cases reported on Saturday increased the total number of the state to 16,339 with 500 deaths, including two newly reported on Saturday.
Clark County accounted for 88 percent of the additional confirmed cases reported on Saturday. The district accounts for 81 percent of the total reported cases of the state.
The number of infections is believed to be far higher since many people have not been tested. Studies have shown that people can become infected with the virus without feeling sick.
Nevada democratic governor Steve Sisolak finally bowed to pressure last week and issued a binding order for citizens to wear face masks in public.
“This is a state that is proud of the spirit of individualism,” Sisolak said in a press conference on Wednesday. The order entered into force on Friday.
“It’s part of what makes us great.
“So I ask all of us to turn our independent spirit into our individual responsibility to turn on the light for businesses across our state.”
The governor added: “As I said last week, we are not releasing COVID. We are still in the middle of the first phase, the first wave of COVID.
“So please, I can’t stress this enough, wear your face covering when you leave your house, when you go to a restaurant, and when you enter a casino, stop at the pharmacy.
“Wear your face covering.”