For immediate release:   June 3, 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 159.


Oregon now has 4,399 cases of COVID-19 including 119 presumptive cases and 4,280 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 65 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (7), Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Hood River (6), Jackson (1), Jefferson (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (13), Polk (1), Umatilla (2), Wasco (2), Washington (5), and Yamhill (4).


The two Umatilla County cases OHA reported today were reported yesterday by Umatilla County Public Health. As such, the number of cases in Umatilla County remains unchanged from yesterday. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 124, including 119 confirmed and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 1905 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1786 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 3, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • Kayak Public Transit will resume limited operations tomorrow, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Phase I of reopening for Kayak includes local bus routes on Metro, Mission Express, HART, and Rocket/Tripper. Requirements to ride Kayak include the following:
    • At least three (3) feet of physical distance between passengers
    • At least six (6) feet of physical distance between the driver and passengers
    • Face coverings are required, unless the individual meets the requirement for an exception as indicated in document OHA 2355, Specific Guidance for Transit Agencies. Exceptions include if the individual
      • Is under two years of age.
      • Has a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe when wearing a face covering.
      • Has a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face covering.
  • Essential trips only (shopping, medical appointments, pharmacy)

For additional information, please call Kayak Dispatch Office at 541-429-7519.

  • Nixyaawii Community School staff will be in the education building tomorrow, Thursday June 4th and Friday June 5th from 9am until 3pm. Students will be able to pick up any personal items and Seniors can pick up their caps and gowns.



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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