For immediate release:   June 5, 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 two additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 161.


Oregon now has 4,570 cases of COVID-19 including 128 presumptive cases and 4,442 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 97 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (5), Clackamas (6), Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Hood River (9), Jefferson (9), Klamath (1), Lincoln (4), Linn (3), Malheur (1), Marion (17), Multnomah (12), Umatilla (1), Wasco (3), Washington (20), and Yamhill (4).


As of 1:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported four new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 130, including 124 confirmed and 6 presumptive cases. To date, 2005 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1881 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 5, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • Due to changes in the frequency of reporting of COVID-19 cases by the Oregon Health Authority, the CTUIR Incident Command Team will no longer publish these daily press releases on Saturdays or Sundays. This is effective beginning this weekend, Saturday, June 6, 2020. All case numbers from the weekend will be published the following Monday.
  • The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation government offices and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will be closed on Monday, June 8, 2020 in recognition of Treaty Day.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) will reopen the Nixyaawii Governance Center for employees to return to work on June 15, 2020. The CTUIR Incident Command Team (ICT) appointed a Reopening the Tribes Committee in April to propose a phased-in resumption of social and business operations, based on public health protection criteria and data. On June 2, the ICT approved the Reopening Plan.

Employees will be required to wear masks when moving throughout the building, reduce their face-to-face interaction with coworkers and have their temperature taken upon entry each morning. Some employees will continue to work from home and some will work on a staggered schedule. Visitors may only enter the NGC with an appointment to do business in the building. All visitors will have their temperature taken by health personnel using a touchless thermometer and will be asked to wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. Employees are discouraged from scheduling meetings in person and should continue to do phone or video conference meetings when possible until further notice.

  • After undergoing further review by the Oregon Health Authority, Umatilla County’s application to enter Phase II starting tomorrow, Saturday June 6, 2020, has been approved. Phase II is the last full phase until there is a widely available treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. Phase II includes:
    • An increase in social gatherings, including indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings up to 100 people
    • Restaurants and bars will be allowed to be open until midnight and expand outdoor seating
    • Faith communities and civic organizations can expand gatherings to 250 people, depending on occupancy size, sanitation protocols and the ability of attendees to remain physically distant
    • Return to work at indoor office spaces is permitted, although telecommuting is recommended
    • Swimming pools, bowling alleys, arcades, and movie theaters can resume operations with the appropriate safety guidelines implemented
    • Certain non-contact sports can resume, including non-contact youth sports, with the appropriate guidelines implemented

More information can be found at


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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