Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton reopened for business at noon Wednesday following an inspection and backed by a letter of certification from environmental health officials and regulatory inspectors, according to the casino.
“Wildhorse has exceeded expectations to bring our facility to the highest standard of cleanliness,” CEO Gary George said in a release. “The well-being of the people who work in and visit our resort is our utmost priority.”
Upon learning Monday morning that a Wildhorse employee had become ill and tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) made the decision to immediately close the main building at the resort in order to take cautionary measures to safeguard the health of employees and guests.
Wildhorse promptly began sanitizing surfaces in each area of the resort’s main facility including the casino, hotel, Cineplex, Children’s Entertainment Center and arcade, restaurants, and administrative offices.
The process involved sanitization by manual cleaning as well as use of a Clorox Total 360 System, an electrostatic spraying unit used by hospitals, clinics, and schools.
The affected employee, who is believed to have been exposed out of the area while on travel, worked in a restricted area of the building in a role that does not involve contact with the public or kitchen facilities.
According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, employees in a closed environment with the individual would have been at a low risk of exposure and Wildhorse guests would have been categorized as having no identifiable risk.
Daily activities at the resort returned to normal and special events will ramp up in the next few days. Details about upcoming events can be found at www.wildhorseresort.com.