ALBANY (TBEN SF) – Golden Gate Fields will extend its suspension from live racing until the end of the month due to a major outbreak of COVID-19 among racetrack staff, officials said.
Officials at Golden Gate Fields initially said they would shut down for a week after two dozen cases had been confirmed. In the weeks that followed, the number of positive tests rose to “more than 200 people living or working at the racetrack site.”
Berkeley health officials said they were working with runway management to tackle the outbreak.
“The City of Berkeley Public Health continues to work closely with Golden Gate Fields on a major outbreak,” health officials said in a statement Saturday.
Since the start of the shutdown on Nov. 13, all employees of the runway, owned by the Stronach Group, have been tested and the runway has “undergone a thorough cleaning,” Golden Gate Fields said in a statement.
Those who tested positive, health officials said, have been isolated offsite, according to federal, state and city guidelines.
For those in quarantine, officials “were helping with off-site accommodation of those who tested positive and arranged for a food delivery twice a day.”
Contact tracing was also carried out. Those who test negative will still need to be quarantined for 14 days.
About 1,300 horses are installed on-site and will continue to receive daily care and exercise as needed, according to track officials.