- By Native News Online Staff
PENDLETON, Ore. — After one of its staff members was diagnosed with coronavirus, the Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, Ore. has been temporarily closed as an act of caution to protect the general public.
The Wildhorse Resort & Casino is owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is the first American Indian casino impacted by the deadly virus that originated in China.
As a precaution, the Confederated Tribes’ board of trustees ordered an Incident Command post established. The Incident Command will consist of staff from Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and the Tribal Government. Many Confederated Tribes programs have been closed, including its community school, Head Start, daycare and senior center until fully sanitized. Tribal citizens and other interested parties should check the Confederated Tribes website for up to date information.
In addition, all community events on the Umatilla Indian Reservation are cancelled for the week of March 2 to 8, 2020.
The Wildhorse Resort & Casino has the following message on its website as of Tuesday, March 3:
In an abundance of caution, Wildhorse Resort & Casino will close close immediately to complete a thorough and deep cleaning as a response to reports of a presumptive positive case of Covid-19. Updates will be posted at wildhorseresort.com regarding the reopening schedule. The closure includes the casino, convention center, hotel, Cineplex, Children's Entertainment Center, and restaurants. All activities are cancelled including casino promotions and events until further notice.
Six people have died since Saturday in neighboring Washington state.
More Stories Like ThisChilocco Part 2: Medals of Honor, the '55 Tornado, and "Misguided" Beginnings
Native News Weekly: Our Top Stories
Chilocco Part 1: Alumni Fondly Recall School Days
Kansas City Chiefs Retire Mascot ‘Warpaint,’ Keep Team Name
Indigenous Hawaiian Wins Gold in Tokyo at First-Ever Olympic Surfing Event
Native Perspective. Native Voices. Native News.
We launched Native News Online because the mainstream media often overlooks news that is important is Native people. We believe that everyone in Indian Country deserves equal access to news and commentary pertaining to them, their relatives and their communities. That's why the story you’ve just finished was free — and we want to keep it that way, for all readers. We hope you'll consider making a donation to support our efforts so that we can continue publishing more stories that make a difference to Native people, whether they live on or off the reservation. Your donation will help us keep producing quality journalism and elevating Indigenous voices. Any contribution of any amount — big or small — gives us a better, stronger future and allows us to remain a force for change. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you.