Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Incident Command Status update

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Update for April 12, 2020

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Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

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 Incident Command Team 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 Incident Command Team 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 The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community.

As of 8:00 a.m. April 12, COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 52.

Oregon now has a total of 1,527 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 80 new cases of the novel coronavirus. Oregon Health Authority is reporting new cases in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (4), Deschutes (1), Douglas (2), Jackson (2), Josephine (1), Lane (2), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (13), Multnomah (31), Umatilla (2), Wasco (1), and Washington (18).

The two new cases in Umatilla County bring the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County to 16. To date, 337 total test results have been reported in Umatilla County, 321 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 The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation guidelines/updates as of April 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. are as follows:

The Pendleton School District continues to provide free “Grab and Go” for children ages 1-18, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Starting Monday, April 13, 2020, Sherwood Elementary School will be added to the list of distribution sites. Meals are provided at the following locations:

    • Washington Elementary School
      1205 SE Byers Ave, Pendleton
    • Pendleton Early Learning Center
      455 SW 13 Street, Pendleton
    • Mission Community Gym
      73282 July Grounds Lane, Mission

Buses will continue to distribute meals Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Adams - Baseball Field Bus Stop
  • Reith - George and Main Bus Stop
  • Cayuse - Cayuse and River Bus Stop
  • Meacham - Post Office Bus Stop

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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