For immediate release:   May 19, 2020

Contact:   Carrie Sampson-Samuels, Public Information Officer – Public Health, (541) 969-1111

               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 8:00am, COVID-19 has claimed two additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 140.


Oregon now has 3,726 cases of COVID-19 including 90 presumptive cases and 3,636 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 cases and 8 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Curry (1), Deschutes (6), Jackson (1), Marion (12), Multnomah (9), Umatilla (3), Washington (6), and Yamhill (3).


Umatilla County Public Health is reporting a total of four new positive cases today, bringing the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 105, including 103 confirmed cases and two presumptive cases. To date, 1366 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1263 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 May 19, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • CTUIR General Council officers will be hosting a Facebook Live event tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in recognition of CTUIR Flag Day. The Facebook Live event will start at 2:00pm tomorrow. The link to the event can be found on the CTUIR Facebook page at or by searching CTUIR General Council.
  • Mission Market Fuel Stations will be closed Wednesday morning for fuel dispenser upgrades 6AM to 11AM. The store drive through will also be “cash only” on from 7am-11am due to updates.
  • The Pendleton School District has started to release plans for graduation ceremonies this year. Pendleton High School senior students and their parents received information last week regarding modified plans for a drive-through graduation that will occur on Saturday, May 30, 2020. A livestream virtual ceremony will begin at 10:00am at the Round-Up Grounds, followed by a modified strategy to distribute diplomas. Hawthorne graduates will have a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 27, in the PTEC parking lot beginning at 6:00pm. More information can be found on the Pendleton School District website at
  • If you are an employee of CTUIR or one of its entities and will have childcare needs as you return to work, please fill out this survey: The CTUIR ICT has established an interdisciplinary team comprised of staff from Department of Children and Family Services, Education, Enrollment, Public Works and Yellowhawk to assess the childcare needs of employees as CTUIR reopens and employees begin returning to work. The survey will close on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 4:00pm.
    • CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to hold a Food Distribution on

Thursday, May 21st 2020:

Who: CTUIR Tribal members, other Federally-Recognized Tribal members or families that reside within the CTUIR boundaries

What: Food Distribution

When: Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Where: Mission Gym/Community Center

Sponsor: CTUIR

  • Each family or community member must pick up their own food.
  • You must remain in your vehicle while picking up the food. Food will only be placed in vehicle trunks or pick-up beds. No exceptions.
  • Elders may send a representative to pick up food and sign for their household.
  • We are unable to hold food for individuals and families; it is first come, first serve.
  • If you have questions, please contact DCFS at 541-429-7300.
  • CTUIR Public Works will have a hand sanitizer refill station at the July Grounds during the food distribution. It is advised community members bring only 1 or 2 small to medium containers to be refilled so that supply can be shared with more community members in need.



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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