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Northern Quest Resort and Kalispel Casino will close for two weeks

16 March 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Due to the increasingly alarming growth of the COVID-19 global pandemic, all areas of Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Kalispel Casino, Kalispel Golf and Country Club and Fatburger 5-mile will be closed to the public for at least two weeks out of an abundance of caution, effective today, March 16, 2020.

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians cares deeply about its guests, Team Members and our community. As conditions are rapidly changing in these uncertain times, we believe it’s incumbent upon all of us to take responsibility for social distancing to protect the health and safety of our community. Today we received notification that a guest who visited the casino last week (March 9) has tested positive for COVID-19. We are working with the CDC and our local health district to investigate this case and take their recommendations for continuing to protect the health of our guests and team members.

We understand the anxiety everyone in our community is facing around the spread of COVID-19. If you have concerns about exposure or symptoms, regardless of where you believe you might have been exposed, please contact the Spokane Regional Health District. More information is available on their website at https://srhd.org/news/2020/learn-more-about-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19.

We also understand the massive impact this closure will have on our team members and their families. The Kalispel Tribe has generously offered to pay all Team Members for the two weeks that we are closed. While our hope was to remain open for business to continue serving our guests and allowing our team members to earn a living, our circumstances have now changed. We believe a temporary closure is the right thing to do. We all owe it to our community to protect the healthcare system and its resources as we navigate this complex and rapidly changing situation.

In that regard, Kalispel Linen Services (KLS) will remain fully open for business, as will our Kalispel Market fuel and convenience stations and the Camas Health Clinic on the Reservation in Usk. KLS, the Tribe’s commercial laundry facility, currently processes all healthcare linens for Providence Health Care in Eastern Washington. Our team’s continued dedication at KLS is critical to ensuring our local healthcare partners can treat our community’s most vulnerable patients.

Our Tribal leadership team is meeting around the clock and will continue to communicate additional information to you as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, we highly encourage everyone to follow the CDC’s social distancing policies and practice self-isolation as much as possible as we weather this global storm.

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