Press Release

For immediate release:   April 2, 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 two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 21.


Oregon now has a total of 826 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 90 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (5), Deschutes (5), Hood River (1),  Jackson (5), Josephine (2), Klamath (3), Lane (3), Lincoln (1), Marion (13), Union (2), Multnomah (26), Washington (22) and Yamhill (1). OHA is also reporting that a case previously reported in Douglas County was transferred to Lane County due to updated residency information; this person is not included in the total number of new statewide cases for today.


As of 2:00pm, 170 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 165 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 2, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • On April 2, 2020, the BOT approved administrative leave for the Nixyaawii Governance Center employees in response to the need for employees to stay home, stay safe and stay healthy and out of workplace until April 30, 2020.
  • The Tribal Fire Department annual Easter egg hunt scheduled on April 12, 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19.    
  • TERO workers needing to check in for construction jobs or seeking construction work during this time are encouraged to contact TERO staff by email:
  • April CUJ is available online at
  • The fish & game sustenance distribution for Friday, April 3, 2020, is prioritizing elders and those unable to provide for themselves.
  • Yellowhawk is requesting that patients please ensure their voice mailbox is set up or available to take messages during this time. Some mailboxes are full and can no longer receive additional messages. 
  • The Pendleton School District continues to provide “Grab and Go” meals to all students 18 years and under, weekdays from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Meals will be packed to take home and will not be served onsite.
    Meals are provided at the following locations:
    • Pendleton Early Learning Center (PELC)
      455 SW 13th Street, Pendleton
    • Washington Elementary School
      1205 SE Byers Ave, Pendleton
    • Mission Community Gym
      73282 July Grounds Lane, Mission

Starting Monday, April 6, a school bus will be at the following locations from 12 noon – 12:30pm to provide meals for students in these areas:

  • Adams – Baseball Field Bus Stop
  • Reith – George and Main Bus Stop
  • Cayuse – Cayuse and River Bus Stop
  • Meacham – Post Office Bus Stop



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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