Press Release



For immediate release:   April 1, 2020

Contact:   Carrie Sampson-Samuels, Public Information Officer – Public Health, (541) 240-8728

               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 today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 19.


Oregon now has a total of 736 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 47 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (6), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1),  Jackson (1), Lane (2), Lincoln (1), Marion (10), Multnomah (18), Washington (3) and Yamhill (1). OHA is also reporting that a case reported in Hood River County yesterday was later determined to be a Washington State case. The total number of cases reported yesterday has changed from 690 to 689.


As of 12:30pm, 159 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 154 of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 5 positive cases of COVID-19. 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 April 1, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • The April edition of the Confederated Umatilla Journal (CUJ) will be released tomorrow.
  • TERO workers needing to check in for construction jobs or seeking construction work during this time are encouraged to contact TERO staff by email:



  • First Food sustenance distribution for tribal households will occur on April 3, 2020 from 11am – 1pm at the DNR Fish & Wildlife freezer located physically on “A” Street South of the Umatilla BIA campus.
    • CTUIR members must call CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services at 541-429-7300 before 4pm tomorrow, Thursday, April 2, 2020 to request available stored meat and fish. Foods will only be distributed to those who call and request.
    • To pick up, Tribal members must:
      • Bring Tribal ID to fish/meat pick up;
      • One fish and one packet of meat allowed per Tribal member (deer, elk, or bison);
      • Bring own bags/containers for fish and/or meat pick up; CTUIR will not provide bags or containers.




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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