More than 200 people at Golden Gate Fields racetrack test positive for COVID-19

Golden Gate Fields
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In response to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Golden Gate Fields racetrack, where more than 200 people have tested positive, all individuals living or working at the track have been tested. Additional testing will be conducted, and those who tested positive are receiving assistance from the track for off-site housing and food delivery in order to maintain isolation. (Photo by David Gallagher under CC BY 2.0.)

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As of Friday, more than 200 people living or working on-site at the Golden Gate Fields racetrack have tested positive for COVID-19.

The city of Berkeley has seen a total of 335 confirmed cases over the past 30 days, according to the Berkeley COVID-19 dashboard, as of press time. The Berkeley Public Health Division is currently working closely with the operator of the track, 1/ST Racing, to continue COVID-19 testing and to quarantine those who have tested positive, according to a joint statement from the city’s Public Health Division and Golden Gate Fields.

“Golden Gate Fields continues to implement health and safety measures including, strict social distancing, masking policies and regular COVID-19 testing with isolation requirements for any positive cases or identified close contacts,” the statement reads.

In response to the outbreak, every person living or working at Golden Gate Fields has been tested, and additional testing will be conducted. 

The Golden Gate Fields medical director, who is an infectious disease expert, is providing the track with medical consultation.

“Both Berkeley Public Health and 1/ST Racing will be closely monitoring the situation to follow all local, state and federal guidelines,” the statement adds.

For those who have tested positive for COVID-19, the track is assisting with off-site housing and food delivery twice a day to ensure they do not have to leave isolation, according to the statement.

People who have had close contact with those who tested positive are required to quarantine for 14 days, statement adds. Golden Gate Fields is also providing them with daily food delivery and access to medical support, as well as bathrooms and hand-washing stations.

According to the Golden Gate Fields website, the tracks are currently closed to the public. However, people can still watch and wager on races using the Golden Gate Fields’ official mobile app.

“Should testing identify more cases, further investigation and tracing will be done by Berkeley Public Health and additional isolation and quarantine will be required,” the statement reads.

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