For immediate release:   June 11, 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.

 

As of 12:01am, COVID-19 has claimed two additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 171.

 

Oregon now has 5,237 cases of COVID-19 including 161 presumptive cases and 5,076 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 178 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (47), Clatsop (1), Crook (2), Deschutes (1), Hood River (1), Jefferson (3), Lake (2), Lane (3), Lincoln (9), Marion (34), Multnomah (43), Polk (4), Umatilla (4), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (15), and Yamhill (6).

 

As of 1:30pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported three new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 156, including 148 confirmed and 8 presumptive cases. To date, 2204 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 2056 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 11, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

 

  • Nixyaawii Community School is requesting NCS Seniors and their parents to meet Principal Heinrich at the Wildhorse Golf Course tomorrow, Friday, June 12, at 10:00am for the final graduation and parade meeting.

 

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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