200 racetrack workers catch COVID-19
200 workers at a California racetrack caught COVID-19.
More than 100 race track workers at Golden Gate fields along the bay have tested positive for co vid this week, leading the track to issue a statement saying they're suspending all live racing through the end of November. Management says all facilities have undergone a thorough cleaning as they work with the Berkeley Public Health Department to get things under control. The vast, stable area just south of the track is home to over 1000 horses and 400 people, according to the Multicultural Institute in Berkeley. They say groomers and trainers live in crowded conditions there and they're not surprised, they said, to learn that the outbreak is centered among them. They're the take care takers to the horses. They live above the stables. You can sort of see them when you're driving past on the freeway. But as I mentioned there, there, ah very vulnerable population that isn't really taking advantage or has access to the services provided by similar organizations like ourselves or the city of Berkley outside the gates to the stable area, this announcement at lunchtime. It is of extreme importance that everybody follow social distancing guidelines. Jockeysguild told me that none of the 25 jockeys at the track have tested positive thus far for COV. But they are, they said, very concerned about the closure because no races equal no income, no formal statement from Berkeley officials on the spike in cases or contact tracing efforts. No one yet knows where the finish line is in the East Bay. I'm Lesley Brinkley, ABC, seven news.