For immediate release:   May 21, 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 one additional life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 145.


Oregon now has 3,817 cases of COVID-19 including 92 presumptive cases and 3,725 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 24 new confirmed cases in the following counties: Coos (1), Deschutes (2), Jefferson (1), Malheur (3), Marion (4), Multnomah (8), Umatilla (3), and Washington (3).


Umatilla County Public Health is reporting 2 new confirmed cases and 2 new presumptive cases today, bringing the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County to 110, including 105 confirmed cases and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 1485 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1380 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 21, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • The CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Food Distribution will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10:00am.

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

What: Food Distribution

When: Thursday, May 23rd, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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.
  • Yellowhawk Project LAUNCH staff are holding a Spring Supply Send Out each Friday in May for families to collect activity supplies such as books, bubbles, and arts and crafts materials. Staff will be onsite at the Pendleton School District lunch distribution in the CTUIR Mission Gym parking lot tomorrow, Friday, May 22 from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Project LAUNCH staff will also be distributing supplies at the CTUIR DCFS Food Distribution on Saturday, May 23 at 10:00am.
  • The Oregon Employment Department announced that individuals who have run out of their regular benefits will be able to continue receiving benefits through the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. Individuals who have used up all of their benefits from a current claim for regular employment will be eligible for the 13-week extension of regular unemployment insurance. Those who run out of regular benefits will have to apply on the online claim system website or through mail.




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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