For immediate release:   June 10, 2020

Contact:   Courtney Stover, Public Information Officer – Public Health, (541) 240-8729

               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.


Oregon now has 5,060 cases of COVID-19 including 169 presumptive cases and 4,891 confirmed cases. Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive but have COVID-19-like symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case, while confirmed cases have been diagnosed through laboratory testing. OHA is reporting 72 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (6), Hood River (2), Jackson (6), Jefferson (6), Lane (1), Lincoln (4), Marion (5), Multnomah (32), Umatilla (4), and Washington (6). The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 169.


As of 12:00pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported five new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 150, including 145 confirmed and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 2176 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 2031 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 June 10, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • The Pendleton Parks and Recreation Department shared details regarding playground and park use since Umatilla County has entered Phase II of reopening. Pendleton Playgrounds are now open with the following guidelines:
    • Playground visitors are encouraged to wash hands before and after visiting a playground.
    • Maintain physical distancing between yourself and others not in your immediate household of at least six feet.
    • Bring hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes for personal use on any surfaces touched.
    • Any individuals who are or may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home.

The playground amenities will not be sanitized.

  • The Oregon Department of Education released a blueprint for how public and private schools should prepare to operate amid COVID-19 for the 2020-21 school year. The framework, entitled “Ready Schools, Safe Learners” instructs districts to develop a back-to-school plan that uses a mix of on-site and distance learning options to protect the safety of students, staff and families. Districts must develop communicable disease management plans and contingency plans in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks, including returns to fully distance learning and modified school year calendars as necessary. Districts must make their reentry blueprints available to the community by August 15, 2020. “Ready Schools, Safe Learners” can be found 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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