Press Release


For immediate release:   April 3, 2020

Contact:   Carrie Sampson-Samuels, Public Information Officer – Public Health, (541) 240-8728

               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 8:00am today, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 22.


Oregon now has a total of 899 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 73 new cases of the novel coronavirus. OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (4), Klamath (5), Malheur (1), Marion (14), Morrow (1), Multnomah (15), Polk (2), Washington (17) and Yamhill (5).


As of 11:30am, 193 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 188 of which have returned negative. Umatilla County currently has 5 positive cases of COVID-19. 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 April 3, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:


  • The CTUIR ballot box located in the Nixyaawii Governance Center visitor’s parking lot is available to drop off credit program (tribal loan) applications, documents for tribal enrollment or for customers to drop payments off for tribal programs. The box is secure and will be checked twice a day. For customers wanting to make payments over the phone please call 541-429-7151 or 541-429-7161. 
  • Yellowhawk is requesting that patients please ensure their voice mailbox is set up and available to receive messages at this time. Some mailboxes are full and can no longer receive additional messages. If you need to update your contact information, call 541-240-8661 or 541-240-8748. You can leave a message with your updated information.
  • Updated projects from health researchers show that there is “strong evidence that measures currently in place in Oregon are reducing transmission.” The most recent data suggest that current social distancing measures could cut transmission rates between 50% - 70% if Oregonians maintain these limitations on virus-spreading interactions into early May.


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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