For immediate release:   June 2, 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 three additional life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 157.


Oregon now has 4,335 cases of COVID-19 including 115 presumptive cases and 4,220 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 33 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Hood River (4), Lincoln (2), Linn (1), Marion (8), Multnomah (10), Umatilla (1), Wasco (2), and Washington (4).


As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public reported two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 124, including 119 confirmed and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 1876 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1757 of which have returned negative. 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 2, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • In recent days, communities across the country have gathered to protest the recent death of George Floyd and the countless number of other Black lives that have been taken unjustly at the hands of senseless, violent, and racist acts. Racism and the trauma it leaves in its wake creates inequities that disproportionately affect the health of people of color in this country. The ICT encourages community members to take proactive measures to protect themselves and others from another health threat facing our community, COVID-19. Whether you’re attending a protest or a gathering, please:
    • Do not go if you’re feeling sick. If you are feeling sick and have COVID-19 like symptoms, isolate yourself from others in your home. Call your healthcare provider to determine if you need an appointment or need to be tested.
    • Understand the risks that gatherings pose. Outdoor gatherings pose a lower risk than indoor gatherings. Other factors that impact your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 include the size of the gathering, the length of time you stay, and if you’re around others who are shouting or singing.
    • Keep a 6 feet distance from others who are not in your immediate household.
    • Wear cloth face coverings.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Carry hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol based) and use it often.
    • Avoid touching objects and surfaces that others have touched.
    • 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 Alcohol and Drug Prevention program will be offering a community smudge and hand drum songs throughout the Nixyaawii community tomorrow, June 2, 2020. Beginning at 3:00pm, a large smudge bowl with sage donated by community members will be in the back of a pick-up truck and driven through the community. For more information, please contact Kelsey Burns, Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education Program Coordinator at 541-240-8427.
    • Nixyaawii Community School staff will be in the education building starting tomorrow, Wednesday June 3rd through Friday June 5th from 9am until 3pm. Students will be able to pick up any personal items and Seniors can pick up their caps and gowns.


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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