Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Incident Command Status Update — May 11, 2020

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COVID-19 guidelines/updates as of May 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

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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 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. yesterday, COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 130.

Oregon now has 3,286 cases of COVID-19 including 64 presumptive cases and 3,222 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. Oregon Health Authority is reporting 51 new confirmed cases and 7 new presumptive cases in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (2), Clatsop (4), Klamath (1), Linn (1), Marion (17), Multnomah (14), Polk (3), and Washington (14).

Umatilla County Public Health is now including presumptive COVID-19 cases in its report, consistent with Oregon Health Authority and recently amended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Umatilla County is reporting a total of 84 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 presumptive case of COVID-19. To date, 1022 total tests have been reported in Umatilla County, 938 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 Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation guidelines/updates as of May 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. are as follows: 

  • Yesterday, the BOT approved Resolution 20-041, approval of a reopening plan, and Resolution 20-045, allowing for regulatory commission to meet via audio or video for those commissions obligated to hold hearings for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The reopening plan was submitted by the Incident Command Team’s Reopening Committee with reopening plan summaries written by the Confederated Tribes, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort and Casino, and Cayuse Holdings. The reopening plan takes a phased approach to resuming social and business operations based on public health criteria and data.
  • The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has provided further guidance regarding treaty fishing rights. Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Tribal Members can exercise their Treaty Rights by doing ceremonial and subsistence fishing on the Columbia River. However, fishers still need to be in compliance with Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Pandemic Safety Orders by only fishing with members of their family or immediate household. The rights to hunt, fish and gather are still to be practiced, albeit by nuclear family or immediate household, to help in supplementing food supplies and first food practices. The seventy-five mile travel restriction issued by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Incident Command will not be enforced on Tribal Members practicing their treaty rights.
  • Limited day-use at some Oregon State Parks and outdoor recreation facilities have returned. Openings and information for area state parks are as follows:
    • Hat Rock
      • Boat ramp, all parking lots, and hiking trails are open.
      • Restroom on west side (boat ramp side) is open. Other two restrooms are closed.
    • Emigrant Springs
      • Open for day use starting yesterday, May 11, 2020.
      • One restroom will open beginning tomorrow, May 12, 2020.
      • Parks roads closed to Horse Camp, Community building, and campground.
    • Blue Mountain Forest State Scenic Corridor
      • All accesses, including the Iskuulpa Viewpoint, open for day use starting yesterday, May 11, 2020.
      • Corridor does not have services or facilities.
    • Red Bridge State Wayside
      • Open for day use starting yesterday, May 11, 2020.
      • Park road closed at campground entrance.
      • The park’s lone restroom, located within the campground, will remain closed.
    • Hilgard and Catherine Creek remain open for day use with service/facility reductions.
    • Battle Mt and Ukiah parks remain closed.
  • As of 3:00 p.m. yesterday, four Oregon counties, in addition to the 20 counties reported the past two days, have their applications to begin a phased reopening under review by Oregon Health Authority. The four new counties whose applications are under review yesterday include: Klamath, Morrow, Umatilla and Wheeler. An updated list, in addition to links to individual county plans, can be found at govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19. 

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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