For immediate release:   June 18, 2020

Contact:   Courtney Stover, Public Information Officer – Public Health, (541) 240-8729

                Jane Hill, Public Information Officer – Tribal Governance, (541) 975-3525

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.

There is one new case of COVID-19 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, bringing the total number of cases to two. Yellowhawk staff have contacted these individuals to identify any close contacts. Yellowhawk or another local public health department will call any contacts of cases to provide them with education and guidance. To date, Yellowhawk has conducted 378 tests for COVID-19, 376 of which have returned negative.

Yellowhawk patients will be tested by appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms or if they are a known contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test. Patients should call Yellowhawk at 541-966-9830 if they have questions about whether they should be tested.

As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed four additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 187.

Oregon now has 6,366 cases of COVID-19 including 6,140 confirmed cases and 226 presumptive 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 148 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (12), Columbia (4), Hood River (3), Jefferson (4), Klamath (4), Lincoln (4), Linn (1), Malheur (4), Marion (26), Morrow (4), Multnomah (33), Polk (3), Umatilla (13), Union (5), Washington (25), and Yamhill (3).

As of 1:00pm today, Umatilla County Public Health reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 223, including 208 confirmed and 15 presumptive cases. To date, 2591 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 2383 of which have returned negative.

The Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) reported 5 new cases in Union County, bringing the total number of cases in Union County to 247. The Union County Incident Management Team is holding drive-through testing clinics today and tomorrow in response to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past few days.

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 18, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The Union County Incident Management Team is holding a drive-through testing clinic tomorrow, Friday, June 18. Testing will be prioritized for individuals identified through contact tracing and investigations, mission critical workers such as medical staff, fire and emergency medical services, and law enforcement. More information can be found at http://neojic.union-county.org/.
  • One Community Health is holding a COVID-19 Testing Event at Celilo Village on June 19, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Emergency support including grocery store gift cards, farmer’s market tokens, cleaning and personal hygiene supplies, laundry costs, gas vouchers, and others will also be available at request and upon approval during the testing event.
  • Governor Kate Brown announced after delaying reopening for counties in the application phase for one week to evaluate the cause of recent increases in cases that effective tomorrow, Friday, June 19, 2020, Marion, Polk and Hood River counties are approved to enter into Phase 2 and Multnomah County is approved to enter into Phase 1.
  • Starting Wednesday, June 24, 2020 face coverings for the public while in indoor public spaces will be required in seven counties across Oregon: Clackamas, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, and Washington. Noted exceptions include individuals with underlying health conditions that prevent them from wearing face coverings and children under the age of 12. Further guidance from the Oregon Health Authority regarding the mandate for face coverings will be released in the next few days.

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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