For immediate release:   May 23, 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.


Oregon now has 3,888 cases of COVID-19 including 89 presumptive cases and 3,799 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 28 new confirmed cases and 7 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (2), Clatsop (1), Crook (3), Deschutes (2), Jackson (1), Jefferson (1), Lane (1), Marion (10), Multnomah (4), Umatilla (2), Wallowa (1), Washington (6), and Yamhill (1). No additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported today.


The number of COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County remains unchanged. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 110, including 105 confirmed cases and 5 presumptive cases. 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 23, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) annual Memorial Day tradition will take place on Monday in a new format. The agency will hold its first Virtual Statewide Memorial Day Ceremony on ODVA’s Facebook page at 10:00am on Monday, May 25, or anytime thereafter. The virtual ceremony will include messages reflecting on the importance of our nation and the generations of proud veterans that have safeguarded it.
  • As the ICT has permitted an increase an gatherings of up to 25, sharing meals with one another may become more common. There is currently no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-10 through food. However, like other viruses, it is possible that SARS-CoV-2 can survive on surfaces or objects which is why it is so important to keep your hands and cooking surfaces clean. As you’re preparing food:
    • Wash your hands after handling food packaging, after removing food from the packaging, before you prepare food for eating and before you eat.
    • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces.
    • Handle and prepare food safely, including keeping raw meat separate from other foods, refrigerating perishable foods, and cooking meals to the right temperature to kill harmful germs.



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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