Coronavirus Case Shuts Down Wildhorse Casino Oregon

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Wildhorse Resort and Casino located in Pendleton, Oregon, has announced for the first time in its 25-year history that its facilities will be temporarily closed due to an employee testing positive for the Coronavirus.

The American Indian reservation leaders shut down the casino and several other facilities following confirmation of the coronavirus, with a state health official claiming that the virus is likely to be circulating and most likely to reappear all over the state.

Having since been hospitalised in Washington, the infected employee is officially the third case to have contracted the COVID-19 virus in Oregon.

Dean Sidelinger, state health officer and state epidemiologist, spoke to the Associated Press and advised:

Wildhorse Resort and Casino located in Pendleton, Oregon, has announced for the first time in its 25-year history that its facilities will be temporarily closed due to an employee testing positive for the Coronavirus.

The American Indian reservation leaders shut down the casino and several other facilities following confirmation of the coronavirus, with a state health official claiming that the virus is likely to be circulating and most likely to reappear all over the state.

Having since been hospitalised in Washington, the infected employee is officially the third case to have contracted the COVID-19 virus in Oregon.

Dean Sidelinger, state health officer and state epidemiologist, spoke to the Associated Press and advised: “With having three cases fairly quickly identified, two of which we can’t identify the specific source, that would indicate to us that this disease is circulating in our community and we will likely see additional cases.”

Chuck Sams, communications director for the Umatilla Indian Reservation Confederated Tribes, owners and operators of the Wildhorse Resort and Casino, announced that the tribe had been told Monday morning that a resort and casino employee had tested the virus positively.

The employee in question, whose identity has not been released, is a male who was apparently employed in a confined area of the casino and was not in regular contact with the general public as such.

However, there are reports he attended a youth basketball game in Weston, Oregon on Saturday. Consequently, the gymnasium was closed for cleaning purposes by school district administrators. With regard to other spectators who might have been in close proximity to the Wildhorse worker, the state health authority has reported that they would be considered exposures at “low risk.”

Sams also added: “I think people have very strong concerns with this. The tribe has tried to make sure that people are calm and we’re just trying to make sure that there’s an overabundance of precaution by these closures to clean facilities just so that we can ensure that the disease doesn’t spread.”

There is currently no evidence as to how the person contracted the virus, as he had not travelled to a documented affected area with COVID-19 cases.

Wildhorse Resort and Casino has announced that for the remainder of the week all community events will be cancelled, with the casino, an educational building, a community centre for tribal elders and the cultural institute is also being shut down for disinfection purposes for a number of days.

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