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, Umatilla Tribal Fire Department, Education Department, and all COVID-19 screeners to be fully immunized by September 30, 2021. To set an example, all CTUIR Board members and officers are fully immunized against COVID-19.This order comes after careful consideration of our ability to providing tribal government and health care services to the community, and continued difficulties of CTUIR.

Currently, hospitals in Oregon State and surrounding counties are reaching capacity. Newly infected people with symptoms of COVID-19 who require respiratory therapy are being transported to other states for emergency COVID-19 care. We face shortages of medical care capacity, equipment and protections.

The medical and healthcare fields are reporting service disruptions and delays resulting from employees being required to quarantine or self-isolate due to exposures to COVID-19. These services are vital to the CTUIR community and we must preserve CTUIR’s ability 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 disproportionate risk of serious illness and death when infected with COVID-19. This summer, our community has experienced a substantial increase in infections and deaths related to 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 practice social distancing to the best of your ability.

Stay safe and healthy.

– CTUIR Board of Directors

Nohemi M. Moore