Press Release

For immediate release:   April 8, 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 five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 38.


Oregon now has a total of 1,239 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 58 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (6), Columbia (1), Deschutes (1), Hood River (1), Lane (1), Linn (1), Marion (3), Morrow (1), Multnomah (28), Wallowa (2), and Washington (13).


As of 1:30pm today, Umatilla County Public Health is reporting a 9th positive case of COVID-19 in Umatilla County. To date, 284 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 275 of which have returned negative. 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 8, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregon public schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year. The Oregon Department of Education had requested all public school districts to begin implementing distance learning plans by Monday, April 13, 2020. All seniors who were on track to graduate when schools closed in mid-March, including having passing grades at that point in courses required for graduation, will receive passing grades and earn diplomas. School districts will work with students who did not have a passing grade in one or more course to help them earn needed graduation credits. The deadline for earning graduation credits has been extended to August 30, 2020.
  • Public COVID-19 announcements issued from the CTUIR Incident Command Team will now be made daily on KCUW 104.3FM at the following times: 9AM &11AM Monday-Friday and 7PM every day.
  • Mission Market customers can now order food and groceries from the Mission Market website. Orders will be delivered to Mission Market, staff will complete the order and have ready for pick up at the time noted by the customer! Wildhorse Resort & Mission Market will continue to add food and other items to the menu.

Online orders can be placed at:




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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