CTUIR Incident Command Status Update


Mission, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has developed several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.


The ICT has been made aware that an individual who attended a large event has since tested positive for COVID-19. Seventeen (17) individuals have been identified as a close contact to this case. Close contacts are those who have been within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more. If you are a close contact to a case you will be called by a contact tracer from Yellowhawk or the public health authority of your residence. Please answer your phone, even if you do not recognize the caller, and check your messages. 


Due to the possibility of increased exposure to COVID-19 on the CTUIR Yellowhawk will be increasing testing to accommodate the individuals who were a close contact to this positive COVID-19 case. Because of this increase Yellowhawk may have fewer routine medical appointments and it may limit access to same day appointments.


Yellowhawk patients will be tested by appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they are a known contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test. If you are a contact to a confirmed case or experience COVID-19 symptoms you will need to be tested and should isolate yourself until you are tested. If you test positive your medical provider will contact you with further guidance. Patients should call Yellowhawk at 541-966-9830 or their Patient Care Coordinator if they have questions about whether they should be tested.

The ICT encourages community members to be proactive in reducing their risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19, particularly as it pertains to attending or holding gatherings. The best way to protect yourself and others is to limit the number of in-person gatherings you attend and the number of individuals you are in close contact with. When attending gatherings, keep at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others who are not in your immediate household. If you are at an event or in public where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained, wear a cloth face covering. After attending gatherings, it is recommended to monitor your symptoms for 14 days after attending. If you start to develop COVID-19 like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider regarding testing.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will share current totals for COVID-19 cases on the UIR and Yellowhawk test results each weekday. These updates can be found on Yellowhawk’s website at yellowhawk.org or on Yellowhawk’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Yellowhawk4U.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is made up of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes, formed under the Treaty of 1855 at the Walla Walla Valley, 12 statute 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

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