CTUIR Lifts Travel Restriction and Provides Guidelines for Travel

MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has worked on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community.

The CTUIR ICT has reconsidered the 75-mile travel restriction and have made the determination to remove the travel restriction and issue guidelines. The ICT would like community members to take the following questions into consideration prior to traveling:

  • Is it essential that I travel?
  • We encourage essential travel only versus travel for leisure or vacation.
  • Essential travel includes medically necessary care and appointments.
  • Only travel with members of your immediate household.
  • Air travel continues to be highly discouraged as airlines are currently having difficulty enforcing social distancing and other safety measures.
  • Am I aware of the current COVID-19 case rates where I am traveling to?
  • We highly encourage community members avoid traveling to COVID-19 “hotspots”.
  • Do I have a face mask to use and will I be able to follow social distancing?
  • It is recommended that individuals wear face coverings while in public and maintain a distance of 6 feet at all times with individuals not in your immediate household.
  • Ensure you have needed supplies – food, water, hand cleanser.
  • Do I want to risk contracting COVID and bringing it back to my family and community?

There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 within the boundaries of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

You may not be showing symptoms of COVID but can still spread the disease.

If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell, or feel you may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider.

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.

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.