Casino reports potential COVID-19 exposure

Little River Casino Resort issues temporary nightly closures for deeper cleaning


11:18 pm EST, Saturday, November 14, 2020

MANISTEE — The Little River Casino Resort was notified that the property was a potential COVID exposure site from Nov. 4 through Nov. 12.

This has prompted changes to the casino‘s hours of operation to conduct more thorough cleaning, according to a statement on the resort’s Facebook page on Friday.

District health officials have not released a statement on the possible exposure, as of Nov. 14. Jeannine Taylor, DHD#10 public information officer said the case “may still be under investigation” to determine “whether it was a high risk exposure to the general public.”

If confirmed, this would be the third time the casino has been listed as a public exposure site since October.

From Nov. 16 to Nov. 25, the hours of operation will be:

• 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday;

• 8 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Table games will open at 10 a.m. each day.

The hotel will remain open during the nightly closures. Guests staying in the hotel will not be allowed on the gaming floor when it’s closed, according to the casino‘s Facebook post.

The Little River Trading Post convenience store and River Rock Sportsbook & Grill restaurant will maintain regular hours, as of now.

The Little River Casino Resort will reopen at noon on Nov. 24, due to scheduled maintenance on electrical panels and back-up generators.

According to the Facebook post, the casino resort’s COVID-19 health and safety program included the following actions in response to the alert of a confirmed positive test:

• Team members with a positive test result are required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days and be asymptomatic for 24 hours without the aid of any medications before returning to the property.

• All team members identified through contact tracing in close contact with a positive case are notified immediately, required to self-quarantine and remain off property until a negative coronavirus test result is received.

Little River Casino Resort reported that it completed a comprehensive disinfection and cleaning protocol for affected areas identified by contact tracing.

“Standard COVID-19 cleaning protocols, which have been reviewed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will continue for all areas of the property,” reads part of the statement.

The District Health Department No. 10 in Manistee, as well as the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Health, is immediately informed of all confirmed cases.

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