The Chumash Casino Resort has confirmed that an employee recently tested positive for COVID-19, which they say was not contracted onsite.
The single case was determined by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) to be a low-risk, minimal exposure case, that was limited to the back of the house and not guest-facing.
Upon learning about the case, the Chumash Casino Resort said they immediately notified members of the affected department and made COVID-19 testing accommodations available to those employees who requested.
The Chumash Casino Resort stated that they have been working closely with the Health Department to assist in its contact-tracing process concerning the new case.
The Chumash Casino Resort officially reopened at noon Wednesday. Kenneth Kahn, tribal chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, said the resort has tapped into its resources to purchase high-tech equipment and materials to modify the way they do business because of the pandemic.
In a statement, they said the health and well-being of their employees and guests remain a top priority.
"We have gone to great lengths to modify our business operations to encourage social distancing and maintain a clean environment. We remain committed to ensuring a safe environment for all who come here and will continue to follow the guidance of SBCPHD and its exposure assessment process," the statement said.
The Chumash Casino Resort reopened their doors to the public on June 10 after being closed for three months due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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The Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez will reopen its doors at noon June 10 with strict safety measures and cleaning procedures in place, a spokesman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced Wednesday.
The Chumash Casino Resort diverted nearly 1,500 tons of waste from landfills to achieve its zero waste goal.
At this moment, our tribe has faith that the extreme steps our country is taking to fight COVID-19 will save lives, help us get back to normalcy and give our enterprise an opportunity to grow and flourish once again.
A reopening date will be determined upon continued monitoring of the situation.
Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News.
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