COVID publicity discovered at upstate New York on line casino


ALBANIA – A person who recently visited Yellow Brick Road Casino in central New York tested positive for COVID-19, according to local officials.

The Madison County Health Department said the person visited the Oneida Nation Casino in Chittenango between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 11

The customer was wearing a mask, the health department announced in a press release.

The health department said, “Anyone who has visited this location during the times indicated should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.”

“These symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, constipation or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea and / or difficulty breathing.”

The county said if symptoms develop, a sick person should stay home and see a doctor for guidance on testing. Call 911 in an emergency.

“It is important that residents remain diligent and continue to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said the health department.

“Please protect yourself and others by wearing face-covering when you are in public, especially if you are unable to maintain social distance.”

The three Oneida Nation casinos in central New York, including the flagship Turning Stone in Verona, reopened in June after closing in March during the pandemic.

The casinos have reopened with security measures such as social distancing and the wearing of masks.

Joel Barkin, a spokesman for Oneida Nation, said Yellow Brick Casino, like all of its properties, has “comprehensive and strict health and safety protocols, including mandatory face-covering for guests and staff.”

“The effectiveness of these protocols is why no retransmission cases have been tied to any of our venues since we reopened in June,” he continued.

“This example further underscores why current health and safety protocols are so important and will continue.”

The state’s other private casinos were allowed to open on September 9 with similar security regulations, including capacity limits.

Madison County has partnered with SUNY Upstate Medical University to host COVID-19 mobile diagnostic test clinics. The next test dates are October 22nd in Cazenovia and October 29th in Wampsville.

Testing is available to anyone interested free of charge. They are only by appointment.

Anyone wishing to be tested can call 315-464-2582 and select option 0 to schedule an appointment.

More:The casinos will reopen in New York. What you need to know before you go

Joseph Spector is the New York State Editor for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at or he can be followed on Twitter: @GannettAlbany

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