From the CTUIR Incident Command
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2020
MISSION – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (Yellowhawk) will begin providing further testing for enrolled Tribal Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) while resources and capacity for providing this testing can be sustained. An appointment is required for all testing done at Yellowhawk. Testing needs have been distributed as outlined below.
- Those with Active Symptoms, Close Contact – To continue throughout the declared state of emergency. During the COVID-19 pandemic Yellowhawk patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or more) with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 can be tested for COVID-19. This testing will continue for the remainder of the declared state of emergency. Yellowhawk will also continue to test CTUIR first responders and essential healthcare works who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Individuals at High Risk – To continue as resources and capacity allow.
- Yellowhawk patients who are at higher risk of complications if they contract COVID-19, including individuals 60 years or older, residents of a group care setting, or individuals with chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, lung disease, or heart disease, can be tested for COVID-19. Employees of CTUIR entities that have been determined to be critical by the Incident Command Team (ICT) will be tested for COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis.
- All CTUIR Tribal Members – To continue as resources and capacity allow.
Enrolled Tribal Members of CTUIR, including those without symptoms or exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, can be tested once every 14 days. If an individual develops symptoms or becomes a contact to a positive COVID-19 case, they can receive further testing even if it has not been 14 days since their last test.
COVID-19 TESTING is available by appointment only. The testing clinic will offer appointments Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm, except Tuesday morning closures and days Yellowhawk is closed. Call your Patient Care Coordinator (PCC) LaShay Miller 541-240-8655, Mihky Najera 541-240-8639, Alicia Rosales 541-240-8637or Yellowhawk’s main line, 541.966.9830. When calling main line, ask to be transferred to your PCC if you have questions or concerns about testing or would like to set-up an appointment for testing.
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.