Yellowhawk recommends universal mask use

MISSION – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is recommending universal mask use in public indoor settings throughout the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The recommendation aligns with new guidance from the CDC that everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission should wear a mask, even if they are vaccinated.

COVID-19 is spreading among our community members within the boundaries of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. We are currently seeing the highest positive testing numbers since the pandemic started in early 2020. We want our community to be able to go to events and functions. However, we highly recommend that you protect yourself and your community by continuing to wear a mask and socially distance as COVID is spreading in our Tribal community.

If you are sick, we recommend you stay at home. If you have been vaccinated and you have been around someone who is positive, you do not have to quarantine per CDC guidelines; however, you should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms.
Yellowhawk continues offering COVID-19 testing for all Yellowhawk eligible patients Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. for eligible Yellowhawk patients.

“Community members are encouraged to continue to follow safety protocols by washing hands frequently, socially distancing and avoiding large gatherings” states Aaron Hines, Interim Chief Executive Officer for Yellowhawk, “The Delta variant is now prevalent and is 225% more transmissible. Please mask up. Masks help protect you, your friends, your family and the community.

”Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is the Public Health Authority for the Umatilla Indian Reservation.