For immediate release:   June 1, 2020

Contact:   Courtney Stover, Public Information Officer – Public Health, (541) 240-8729

               Jiselle Halfmoon, Public Information Officer – Tribal Governance, (541) 969-4801


CTUIR Incident Command Status Update


Mission, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on 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 very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications.


The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community.


As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed one additional life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 154.


Oregon now has 4,302 cases of COVID-19 including 110 presumptive cases and 4,192 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 59 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (5), Deschutes (2), Jackson (1), Jefferson (11), Josephine (1), Lane (4), Lincoln (3), Linn (2), Marion (13), Morrow (1), Multnomah (6), Polk (2), Umatilla (4), and Washington (4).


As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 121, including 117 confirmed and 4 presumptive cases. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.


It is expected that the virus is more widespread in the community than the case counts indicate. As such, as testing becomes more widely available, the number of positive cases in Oregon will continue to rise.


Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of June 1, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • Last week, Yellowhawk completed the second round of the CTUIR COVID-19 Surveillance Study. Over one hundred volunteers who are employees of the CTUIR or one of its entities and have been essential and frontline workers throughout the pandemic received testing for a current infection of COVID-19. All tests results returned negative, indicating that no one who participated in the study had a current infection of COVID-19.
  • Eighteen Oregon counties have their applications under review by the Governor’s Office and Oregon Health Authority to enter Phase II of reopening. Neighboring counties that have their applications under review include the counties of Baker, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa. If approved, these counties could enter Phase II as soon as Saturday, June 6, 2020, which marks 21 days since these counties entered Phase I.



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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