CTUIR made aware of additional COVID-19 cases

Mission, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has been made aware of two employees of CTUIR entities who have tested positive for COVID-19.

These cases are in addition to the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation that was announced on June 16. Yellowhawk staff are working with that individual to conduct case investigation and follow up with close contacts of the individual to provide them with education and guidance. Umatilla County is working with the other two individuals who came forward to inform CTUIR of their positive status. 

“We are aware of three cases of COVID-19 - one resident of the reservation and two employees who live off the reservation,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of CTUIR Board of Trustees. “We want to be as transparent as possible when we receive information. And we want to make sure everyone knows what to do if they believe they need a test.”

Yellowhawk patients should call Yellowhawk at 541-966-9830 if they have questions about whether they should be tested. Those who meet the following criteria must make an appointment in order to be tested between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.

  • Yellowhawk patients will be tested if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or if they are a “known close contact” of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test.
  • A “known close contact” is someone who has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case within six feet for 15 minutes or longer. They MUST self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor to see if any symptoms develop. They will be contacted by Yellowhawk or the Public Health Department in the county where they live to inform them of their exposure (14 day self-quarantines are legally enforceable).
  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

People who live on the Umatilla Indian Reservation but are not Yellowhawk patients should call their primary care provider if they are experiencing symptoms or have concerns about their health. Employees of CTUIR entities are eligible for COVID-19 viral testing at Yellowhawk and should contact the clinic if they have questions or meet the testing criteria above.

“Please wear your masks and take all the precautions,” urged Brigham. “People are getting careless because we had no cases. But the virus is a threat and now we are surrounded by hot spots.”

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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