Golden Gate Fields Closed After Virus Outbreak Affects 200 Workers: Report

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At least 200 employees at Golden Gate Fields have tested positive for COVID-19, and the Berkeley horse track has been closed since November 13, according to a joint statement from Berkeley Public Health and Golden Gate Fields.

The track will remain closed for the rest of November, and Golden Gate Fields officials say the venue has undergone a deep cleaning. Track managers are working with public health officials on continued testing of all employees.

Track officials say they have been following COVID-19 protocols since the start of the pandemic.

All employees who tested positive have gone into self-quarantine, and their cases are being overseen by the Berkeley Public Health Department, the track said. They will not be able to return to the venue until clearance is given by public health officials.

The 1,300 horses stabled at Golden Gate Fields continue to receive the daily care and exercise they require, the track said.

For those who have tested negative but are in quarantine due to exposure to those with the virus, the track is providing daily food deliveries, access to medical care and additional safety resources such as extra restrooms and handwashing stations.

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