Taholah, WA – The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) announced today that the Quinault Indian Reservation (QIR) is closed to visitors effective immediately.
This change is in response to an increase in COVID-19 infection among households on the reservation.
According to QIN, the last week brought the very first positive tests for Coronavirus to the reservation requiring some QIN households to enter a 14-day quarantine period.
Vice President Tyson Johnston stated on Friday that five new cases had been detected involving QIN. 24 QIN households were in quarantine at that time. On Tuesday, Johnston stated that two construction workers at the Quinault Indian Nation Generations Building tested positive.
The closure of QIN land will be in effect for 14 days through September 6, and longer if necessary.
The QIN states they will reevaluate in 10-12 days and extend the closure if necessary.
Through September 6, the Quinault Indian Nation will close its government operations on the reservation, Minimum essential services “necessary to protect the health and safety of QIN citizens and employees and prevent further spread of COVID-19” will continue.
Those essential services include; meal delivery, medication fulfillment, limited urgent medical care, testing for COVID-19, police, fire, the minimum necessary government financial operations and certain other essential services to be identified.
Access to the Quinault Indian Reservation is now restricted to village residents, Quinault tribal members, essential government employees and Quinault Indian Nation Enterprise personnel.
This closure will not impact businesses on tribal trust lands such as the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino and Q-Mart locations, or travel along Highway 101 near Lake Quinault.