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Chinook Winds Casino Outbreak

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.

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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.

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  1. There will be fewer counterfeit bills. I don’t know about duii issues, I was, and am still disappointed in alcohol sales on the casino floor though. The whole
    feel of the casino changed once they started serving on the gaming floor.

  2. With the delta virus being more worse infects all ages maybe should put the country in reverse go back to lock down again let settle down but from first time seems people never learn just run wild get restart virus. I know it will hurt the country but hurt go’s away recovery comes back. Virus don’t care when it takes people away if they recover or not. Look into past when some major event came all Americans pulled together took care of it without fighting or riots. What’s the big deal about masks and vaccine I don’t care if you have the shots or not no like masks why fight protest just get along as I and hope this crazy time go’s away but won’t without or help. Not only here but hole world needs to kick in.

  3. I think everyone assumed as much. Since the pandemic, and the last mask
    mandate, we visit the casino only rarely, and only twice after the mandate was lifted. With the uncertainty, perhaps employees should have been better protected. I think it should be obvious by now to everyone that we are never
    going to get back to having normal lives, and frankly, it’s extremely depressing.
    Our reaction to this virus has been wrong from the start, fueled by deliberate
    misinformation from those in charge, as well as unequal enforcements of
    “public protections”.

  4. Can count on out brake there only time they shut down for cleaning sanitizing after contamination. One of many virus magnets in city a lot of out of towners that helped bring it here from start of virus.


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