Yonkers Raceway may have been ground zero for the spread of the deadly coronavirus in New Jersey.
COVID-19 cases related to the harness racing circuit in Westchester County, NY, resulted in a string of infections in Garden State, where a veteran fixture on the track was the first death in New Jersey due to the global pandemic, nj reported .com on Sunday.
The Yonkers stretch has also been linked to other deaths in New Jersey and the deaths of two people outside of the state, as well as at least a dozen other confirmed cases, the report said.
"I don't think anyone has any doubts it started at Yonkers," horse owner and trainer Paul Minore told nj.com. “That was definitely a hot spot. Nobody blames Yonkers for this. Nobody knew what was going on at the time.
"But there's no doubt that some people had it in early March and it's spreading here as well as many other places people work across the country," Minore said.
The Post reported on March 10 that the historic racing facility was closed after a longtime trainer died of the deadly bug there.
The death of Bergen County's John Brennan, 69, prompted MGM Resorts International, who owns the route, to ask employees who had worked with Brennan to self-quarantine as a precaution.
However, several other people connected to the track were infected, including a family of four with "deep ties" to the site, according to nj.com.
In a statement on Sunday, the Yonkers track only said: "As always, the health and safety of our customers and employees has top priority."
The route remains closed.
Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweeted Saturday that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state had risen to over 34,000 and 846 people had been killed. There were 200 new deaths and 4,331 more cases overnight.