For immediate release:   June 4, 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 4,474 cases of COVID-19 including 124 presumptive cases and 4,350 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 76 new confirmed and presumptive cases in the following counties: Clackamas (9), Coos (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (5), Jackson (1), Jefferson (1), Lane (3), Lincoln (5), Linn (2), Marion (12), Multnomah (30), Umatilla (1), Wasco (1), Washington (3), and Yamhill (1). No additional COVID-19 deaths were reported today.


As of 1:30pm, Umatilla County Public Health reported one new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is 125, including 120 confirmed and 5 presumptive cases. To date, 1964 test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 1844 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 4, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • The CTUIR tribal government’s reopening plan has been approved by the ICT. CTUIR government employees are scheduled to return to work at the Nixyaawii Governance Center, Monday, 7:30 AM, June 15, 2020. CTUIR Executive Director Ted Wright is expected to issue additional details regarding expected workplace changes to all employees soon.
  • Nixyaawii Community School staff will be in the education building tomorrow, Friday, June 5, 2020 for students to return Chromebooks or collect items from lockers. This will be the last opportunity for retrieving personal items.
  • The Pendleton Farmers Market is starting its 2020 Market Season tomorrow, Friday, June 5, 2020. The Farmers Market will be located at Electric Sundown (formerly Elks Lodge) at 14 SE 3rd Street from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Volunteers and market staff will be there to provide directions to market shoppers to help ensure safety, foot traffic and social distancing. The Farmers Market has adopted the following safety guidelines:
    • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home.
    • Pre-orders are recommended when possible. Check the Pendleton Farmers Market Facebook page for vendors currently offering pre-orders.
    • If possible, send only one member of your household to shop.
    • Have your list of items that you are shopping for ready.
    • It is recommended that you wear a mask.
    • You must bring your own shopping bags, as vendors will not be able to hand out plastic bags.
    • Follow the directions provided by individual vendors.
    • Do not touch vendors’ products; they will retrieve your items for you.
    • Maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others.
    • No pets allowed.
    • No smoking.
    • Wash and sanitize your hands often.
    • After completing your purchases, please do not linger in the market.
    • Twenty-six Oregon counties were approved to move into Phase II of reopening this weekend. Counties that were approved include the neighboring counties of Baker, Grant, Morrow, Union, and Wallowa. Those counties are approved for Phase II starting tomorrow, Friday, June 5, 2020, with the exception of Baker County, which will move into Phase II on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Umatilla County applied to enter Phase II on Saturday, but their application is still under review by the Oregon Health Authority. Phase II includes:
      • An increase in social gatherings, including indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings up to 100 people
      • Restaurants and bars will be allowed to be open until midnight and expand outdoor seating
      • Faith communities and civic organizations can expand gatherings to 250 people, depending on occupancy size, sanitation protocols and the ability of attendees to remain physically distant
      • Return to work at indoor office spaces is permitted, although telecommuting is recommended
      • Swimming pools, bowling alleys, arcades, and movie theaters can resume operations with the appropriate safety guidelines implemented
      • Certain non-contact sports can resume, including non-contact youth sports, with the appropriate guidelines implemented

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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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