Indian reservation

Confederate tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Oregon)


September 1, 2021

Source: CTUIR Incident Command Center

“This week, the board of directors approved an order requiring all employees of the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department, the Education Department and all COVID-19 screening officers to get fully vaccinated by September 30, 2021. To set an example, all members and officers of the CTUIR board of directors are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This decree comes after careful consideration of our ability to provide tribal government and health care services to the community, and the continuing difficulties of CTUIR.

Currently, hospitals in the state of Oregon and surrounding counties are reaching capacity. Newly infected people with symptoms of COVID-19 requiring respiratory therapy are transported to other states for COVID-19 emergency care. We face shortages of medical care capacity, equipment and protection.

The fields of medicine and healthcare are reporting service interruptions and delays resulting in employees having to quarantine or self-isolate due to exposure to COVID-19. These services are vital for the CTUIR community and we must preserve the capacity of CTUIR to provide such services. In the meantime, our children, elders and tribal families continue to be infected with COVID-19 and its Delta variant.

The spread of COVID-19 remains a test for our tribal way of life and for our tribal people and employees. Statistically, tribal people are at a disproportionately higher risk of serious illness and death when infected with COVID-19. This summer, our community has experienced a substantial increase in infections and deaths from COVID-19.

As a community, we must remain vigilant in our fight against COVID-19 in order to be as safe as possible. Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands and respect social distancing to the best of your ability.

Stay safe and healthy.

– Board of directors of CTUIR