For immediate release:   June 15, 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.


Over the past three days, COVID-19 has claimed seven additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 180.


Oregon now has 5,820 cases of COVID-19 including 5,625 confirmed cases and 195 presumptive 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 a total of 443 new confirmed and presumptive cases over the past three days including 158 new cases on Saturday, June 13; 101 new cases on Sunday, June 14; and 184 cases today, Monday, June 15. This weekend’s cases were reported in the following counties: Clackamas (33), Columbia (2), Hood River (11),  Jackson (4), Jefferson (3), Klamath (5), Lake (1), Lane (4), Lincoln (22), Linn (2), Malheur (5), Marion (45), Morrow (2), Multnomah (116), Polk (10), Umatilla (23), Union (109), Wasco (3), Washington (42), and Yamhill (1).


As of 2:00pm today, Umatilla County Public Health reported 23 new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 183, including 172 confirmed and 11 presumptive cases. To date, 2402 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 2230 of which have returned negative. There are no reported cases on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.


Additionally, the Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) reported an outbreak of COVID-19 in Union County. Over the weekend, public health staff tested 365 residents. CHD announced 99 new cases today, noting that many test results are still being processed and the numbers may continue to increase in the coming days. A number of cases have been associated with Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. CHD Public Health staff are working to contact and isolate or quarantine those who may have been in close contact with these individuals. The 99 new cases brings the total number of COVID-19 in Union County to 123, including 121 confirmed cases and 2 presumptive cases.


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 15, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • There will be a Graduation Parade for Nixyaawii Community School Seniors next Monday, June 22 starting at 5:00pm. Community members are requested to set up along the parade route to cheer on the graduates. The parade route begins at Nixyaawii Community School, goes to Nixyaawii Governance Center, to Yellowhawk, and back to Nixyaawii Community School. Attendees are requested to abide by social distancing guidelines and to wear masks as well.
  • Nixyaawii Community School Graduation Ceremony will be on Tuesday June 23rd, 2020 - 7:00PM at Wildhorse Golf Course. Due to limited space, this event is invitation only. Ceremony participants will watch the ceremony from their vehicles and tune into ceremony statements live on KCUW 104.3FM. Community supporters can view the ceremony on the CTUIR Tribal Facebook Page when it goes live at 7:00 PM.
  • The Pendleton School District Office will be open extended hours tomorrow for families to return Chromebooks. The District Office will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16 from 7:00am – 7:00pm.



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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