Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 8:38 a.m.
Casinos that were closed through May due to the coronavirus pandemic yielded nearly no tax revenue for Nevada, state regulators reported Tuesday.
Gambling establishments statewide reported a 99.4% decrease in house winnings compared with the same month a year ago, the state Gaming Control Board reported.
The near-zero numbers followed similar results in April, the first full month after casinos and many businesses were closed in mid-March to prevent people from gathering and spreading the COVID-19 illness.
Casinos were allowed to reopen June 4.
The state collected just $56,000 in taxes based on May revenues, down 99.9% compared with a year ago.
A small amount of revenue came from mobile sports betting and interactive poker that weren’t suspended.
The numbers are more dramatic compared with February, when casinos on a hot streak reported a third straight month of $1 billion in house winnings.
Nevada has reported increases in recent days in the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19, with just under 18,000 people testing positive. State health officials reported Monday that 504 people have died.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms for two to three weeks. The vast majority recover. Older adults and people with existing health problems can face severe illness and death.