The New York Racing Association is working with Northwell Health to secure COVID-19 antibody testing for NYRA employees and backstretch workers at Belmont Park.
The voluntary COVID-19 antibody testing, provided free by Northwell Health, will be available to all NYRA staff and backstretch workers at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Northwell Health personnel will perform all testing, and results will be communicated within two days. Those who have recently experienced COVID-19 symptoms are asked to stay home and contact their health care provider.
Live racing on the NYRA circuit was suspended on March 19 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Belmont backstretch has remained operational for the 800 men and women, of whom nearly 600 live on the backstretch. They tend to the essential daily care of the more than 1,500 Thoroughbreds currently stabled on the property.
Should NYRA be authorized to resume limited live racing operations, Belmont Park would be closed to spectators as well as all employees and staff except those required to be present under the rules of New York racing, according to the news release.
With these restrictions in place, the resumption of live racing would add only 60 NYRA employees and racing officials to the population of 800 essential backstretch workers at Belmont Park!
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