For immediate release:   June 8, 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 three additional lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 164.


Oregon now has 4,922 cases of COVID-19 including 4,775 confirmed cases and 147 presumptive 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 a total of 352 new confirmed and presumptive cases over the past three days including 93 new cases on Saturday, June 6; 145 new cases on Sunday, June 7; and 114 cases today, Monday, June 8. This weekend’s cases were reported in the following counties: Clackamas (38), Deschutes (1), Hood River (22), Jackson (2), Jefferson (3), Klamath (1), Lane (1), Lincoln (128), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (30), Morrow (1), Multnomah (66), Polk (3), Umatilla (19), Wallowa (1), Wasco (3), Washington (25), and Yamhill (6).


As of 1:30pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported twelve new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 146, including 136 confirmed and 10 presumptive cases. To date, 2096 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1960 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 8, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • The CTUIR ICT has increased the maximum size of gatherings permitted on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Effective immediately, gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted indoors, while outdoor gatherings can include up to 100 people. As gatherings start to increase, it is necessary for all individuals attending to practice the following safety measures that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
    • Keep six feet between yourself and others not in your immediate household
    • Wear cloth face masks
    • Avoid contact with others not in your household, including hugs and handshaking
    • Hold gatherings outdoors, even smaller gatherings, to allow for more space and airflow
    • Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, and bathroom fixtures
    • Limit the number of gatherings you attend to lessen the number of people you are in contact with on a weekly basis
    • The Pendleton School District continues to provide free “Grab and Go” lunches for children throughout the summer. Lunches will be available Monday through Thursday from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Friday meals will be distributed with the Thursday meal. Meals are provided at the following locations:
      • Sherwood Elementary School
        3235 SW Nye Ave, Pendleton
      • Washington Elementary School
        1205 SE Byers Ave, Pendleton
      • Pendleton Early Learning Center
        455 SW 13th Street, Pendleton
      • Mission Community Gym
        73282 July Grounds Lane, Mission




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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