For immediate release:   June 9, 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 five additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 169.


Oregon now has 4,988 cases of COVID-19 including 147 presumptive cases and 4,841 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 70 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (16), Columbia (1), Hood River (6), Lincoln (2), Marion (8), Multnomah (27), Polk (1), Union (1), and Washington (7).


As of 1:30pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 149, including 140 confirmed and 9 presumptive cases. To date, 2137 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1997 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 9, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • The CTUIR Education Department will have a limited opening of childcare services beginning June 15. 2020. The program is designed to meet the emergency childcare needs of CTUIR employees being called back to work at Nixyaawii Governance Center, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, and Cayuse Technologies. Those employees requesting emergency childcare will be required to complete an application, even if they have previously received childcare services. Emergency childcare services will be provided for children 6 months through 12 years of age at the Nixyaawii Education Center and the Community Center (old gym), Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm. Contact Micki Fabian at or 509-251-5807 for an application.


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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