An outbreak of COVID-19 is responsible for the closure of Chinook Winds Casino according to sources within the gaming establishment and Lincoln County Public Health.
The Siletz Tribal Council and Chinook Winds Senior Executive team announced the closure of the casino Aug. 12:
In the interest of public health and safety, in the face of COVID-19, (coronavirus) the Siletz Tribal Council and the Chinook Winds Senior Executive team, announced the closure of Chinook Winds Casino and Golf Course operations effective 6pm Thursday, August 12.
We will continue to monitor developments and the advice of local, national and world health organizations. We will make our decision when to reopen based on our ability to provide a safe environment for our team members and guests.
An investigation into the closure has revealed the cause to be an outbreak of COVID-19 with exact numbers unavailable.
Multiple employees have confirmed they are quarantining at home and Deputy Director of Public Health Florence Pourtal confirmed the outbreak Saturday via a phone interview.
“For sure there is an outbreak there,” Pourtal said. “OHA will have the reports and numbers up next week.”
Casino officials said they are targeting a reopening date of Aug. 26. During the two-week closure they will pay employees and refund canceled reservations.
Chinook Winds did not immediately respond for comment.