For immediate release:   March 2, 2020

Contact:   Chuck Sams, (541) 215-9666


Presumptive Coronavirus Affects CTUIR


Mission, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees has been informed by the Governor’s Office via the Oregon Health Authority that a staff member of Wildhorse Resort and Casino has tested presumptive positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The Board of Trustees has ordered an Incident Command be stood up.  The Incident Command will consist of staff from Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and the Tribal Government.  The Board of Trustees has ordered that Nixyaawii Community School, Head Start, Daycare and Senior Center to be closed until all facilities have been fully sanitized.  Wildhorse Resort and Casino will be temporarily closed in order to sanitize the facilities.  Closures will take effect at 12:00 PM March 2, 2020.  In addition, all community events on the Umatilla Indian Reservation are cancelled for the week of March 2 to 8, 2020. 

The Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. The virus is spread from one person to another through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

To help prevent the spread of this virus, the flu and common cold please:

  • wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others by not attending large events
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

      The Confederated Tribes is coordinating the response to this event with the State of Oregon and Umatilla County.  Public safety is a primary concern of the CTUIR.  All efforts are being taken to ensure the health and safety of the community and will be providing information as it becomes available.  Additional information about the virus and how to take necessary precautions can be found at  A hotline has been established to answer questions and concerns by dialing 211.



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