Gaming hotspot Nevada steps up to the mark

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In just two days, a gaming industry initiative in the US state of Nevada raised $4m from the private sector and has pinpointed sources for coronavirus testing kits and protective equipment for medical staff members.

Led by industry personality Jim Murren, formerly a senior executive at MGM Resorts, the state’s Covid-19 Response Relief and Recovery Task Force, as it has been named, has drawn private donations from all over the state. The money will be used by the Nevada Community Foundation for the most immediate needs of the public.

Murren left MGM two weeks ago and was immediately pinpointed by Governor Steve Sisolak to chair the reponse team. Murren brought in seven additional members to the task force, three of whom are well known in the industry: Wynn Resorts chairman Phil Satre, former Station Casinos’ Scott Nielson and Senator Yvanna Cancela, who has long-standing ties in the industry.

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The state’s casinos have been closed since March 17 and that has resulted in over 200,000 employees losing their jobs temporarily. Nevada currently has 1,000 people tested positive for the virus with 16 deaths.

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