Wind River casinos closing due to COVID-19 surge in Fremont County


CASPER, Wyo. — The Northern Arapaho Business Council announced on Friday, Nov. 6 that tribal casions and other gaming facilities will close due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Fremont County.

“The Wind River Hotel & Casino and other Tribal gaming facilities will be temporarily closed beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, and continuing through Nov. 30,” the Northern Arapaho Business Council said. “It is hoped the establishments can re-open on Dec. 1, if conditions warrant. Casino employees will continue to be employed, though some may temporarily transition into other roles during the closure.”

The release said that no layoffs, furloughs or pay reductions will be implemented at this time.

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Fremont County has a total of 401 active laboratory confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. The state as a whole added a record 917 new lab confirmed cases on Friday.

There were also a record 147 COVID-19 in hospitals across Wyoming on Friday, according to the WDH.

Northern Arapaho Business Council Chairman Lee Spoonhunter said there has been “no indication the casino is a source of virus spread in our community, but Tribal health authorities have urged the Business Council to temporarily close these facilities due to surging case numbers in Fremont

Spoonhunter was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this week, but the Northern Arapaho Business Council said his symptoms have been mild.

“He is in quarantine and continues to work on behalf of the Northern Arapaho Tribe,” the release states. “Also beginning Monday, Nov. 9, some Tribal departments will be open to the public reduced hours in order to prevent people from congregating and protect against COVID-19.”

“Other offices will temporarily be closed to the public or conduct business via telephone only. Offices with reduced hours – including Enrollment, Finance and others – will be open to the public every weekday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Critical departments and services, such as sanitation, food delivery, elder services and law enforcement, will not be affected.”

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: [email protected]

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.

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