Press Release


For immediate release:   April 7, 2020

Contact:   Carrie Sampson-Samuels, Public Information Officer – Public Health, (541) 969-1111

               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 four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 33.


Oregon now has a total of 1,181 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 49 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (7), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (4), Klamath (1), Lane (1), Linn (1), Marion (6), Multnomah (15), Polk (2), and Washington (11).


As of 12:00pm, 268 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 260 of which have returned negative. There are currently 8 positive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. 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 7, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • For daily updates on the number of COVID-19 tests performed by Yellowhawk, please visit:
  • All Umatilla Tribal Court hearings and in-person court appearances are continued (i.e. set over) until further court order. Notices will be delivered when court resumes regular office hours.
  • The CTUIR ballot box located in the Nixyaawii Governance Center visitor’s parking lot is available to drop off credit program (tribal loan) applications, documents for tribal enrollment or for customers to drop payments off for tribal programs. The CTUIR box is marked CTUIR; Do not drop tribal documents into the Umatilla County Ballot box, tribal staff do not have a key to the county box to access your documents. For customers wanting to make payments over the phone please call 541-429-7151 or 541-429-7161. 
  • The Intermountain Education Service District (IMESD) Helpdesk is available for students and families needing technology support related to online learning during the school closure. If your student is having trouble with their Chromebook or another device, or they cannot recall their login, call 1-888-223-9593. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours. If the line is busy, unanswered, after hours or during the weekend, you are encouraged to leave a voicemail with the following information:
    • Student’s name(s)
    • School district and attending school
    • Grade level
    • General description of the issue
    • Call back phone number
    • Email address for contact



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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