Quinault Indian Nation closes to visitors due to COVID-19

August 24, 2020 GMT

TAHOLAH, Wash. (AP) — The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) is now closed to visitors in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases among households on the reservation.

KOMO-TV reports the shutdown was announced by the QIN government on Saturday.

According to officials with the QIN, the Nation reported its first positive COVID-19 case last week, which required some households to enter a 14-day quarantine period.

The closure will be in effect through at least September 6 to ensure infections do not spread.

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“With recent positive tests of some members of QIN households in the first days of quarantine, we decided immediate and major steps are needed to protect the health and safety of our families and neighbors,” said Quinault Indian Nation Vice-President Tyson Johnston.

“We are asking all reservation residents to stay home and travel only for essential needs such as food, medicine and medical attention.”

During the closure, all government operations will shutdown except for essential services like meal delivery, medication fulfillment, urgent medical care, COVID-19 test, police, and fire services.

Access to the Quinault Indian Reservation will be restricted to village residents, Quinault tribal members, and essential government employees.