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Confederated Umatilla Journal

Publish date MARCH 17, 2020SW

The monthly newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ~ Pendleton, Oregon

MARCH 2020


CTUIR Incident Command Team taking aggressive measures as world wrestles with COVID-19

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Dionne Bronson waits her turn in line with a basket full of groceries purchased for elders of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Food baskets were delivered to about 50 elder homes on March 14 as the CTUIR responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MISSION – Leaders of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) are taking aggressive steps to ensure the safety of all residents living on the Reservation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CTUIR efforts will include services for Indians as well as non-Indians who live on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. On Monday, March 16, the A message from Incident CTUIR Board of Trustees Commander (BOT) apChuck Sams proved the appears on use of $1 milPage 2 lion for the Incident Command Team (ICT) in response to the Public Health Emergency it declared March 2. Also on March 16, the BOT, following the direction of the ICT, decided to close the Nixyaawii Governance Center and all tribal government operations during Spring Break, March 23-27, with the exception of personnel performing essential services and the ICT. Further, the BOT sent home employees over the age of 60, and those who are part of the population considered to be vulnerable to COVID-19. Three members of

Together we can do this ’m writing this from my home because I’m older than 60 and I’m following the COVID-19 protocol set by the Tribes’ Incident Command Team. I don’t like it. I’d rather be at work. But at the same time, I know that this is the right thing to do. And I hope our Tribal community understands that we all have to come together now and follow the proper steps so that we can Kat Brigham get through this pandemic. It is a worldwide crisis, but it affects our small piece of the world on our Umatilla Indian Reservation the same way. We are just as susceptible to this coronavirus as the people in Italy. For sure we are as susceptible as our neighbors across the river from us in Washington State. Now is the time for all of us to follow the guidelines set by our Tribes’ Incident Command Team. They are the ones determining what to do based on expert information. At the same time, our own Incident Command Team is making our own decisions for us, the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla people. We will get through this by keeping our faith and staying healthy. We will get through this together.

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COVID-19 A message from the Incident Commander “Ánamunsimnam watáxna kwáthlani ku qwilthtip áwku kláaxw shíman pawáta qwilthtip ku kwáthlani”. “Only when you are happy and healthy then the people will be happy and healthy.” The COVID-19 / Coronavirus has spread worldwide. On March 11 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this rapid spread a global pandemic. While this does sound frightening it serves a very clear purpose. It warns countries and international organizations that additional financial resources and legal tools are needed to stop the spread of the disease/virus. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees took an extraordinary step on March 2, nine days before Chuck Sams III the WHO declaration, when they declared the presumptive positive case of one of our commercial employees as a Public Health Emergency. This immediately allowed Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center to set up an Incident Command Center to investigate, plan and execute public health initiatives to better ensure the safety of our community. Ten short days later the Board of Trustees took a further step when they made a new declaration and mobilized a multidisciplinary team for a new Incident Command Center to comprehensively manage the WHO declared pandemic across the entire Tribal structure. This new Incident Command Team consists of representatives from Tribal Government, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort and Casino and Cayuse Holdings. The Board of Trustees empowered this Incident Command Team to further develop strategies to protect human life, develop new legal tools, develop government and business continuity plans, plan for expenditures that provide direct support to the community and protect the

‘Take good care of yourself so you can take care of your family and take care of your community. We face trying times. Together with one heart and one mind we can protect ourselves and get through this pandemic. We must do it together.’ Chuck Sams III Incident Commander financial interests of the Tribes as a whole. Every member of this team takes this responsibility very seriously. Each is committed to working together to provide the best protections we can for our community. To this end we have placed limitations and restrictions on travel and personal contact with each other in the community. We have developed government and business continuity plans. We are purchasing additional food and water stores for distribution. We are staggering hours for our employees and in some cases authorizing administrative leave. In addition, we worked with the Board of Trustees to authorize additional sick leave. We are very concerned about protecting our community members who are age 60 and over or have compromised immune systems or other underlying medical conditions that may exacerbate this virus if contracted. We have also been able to grant administrative leave for all government staff over Spring Break, March 23-27. We want the community to take all necessary precautions. If you are sick, stay home and take care of yourself. Call and consult with your healthcare professional.

Wash your hands, often. Avoid close contact with sick people and distance yourself from other people. This will help reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus if and when it hits our community with greater force. We know we are placing a great burden on our community by calling for social distancing. We are a strong community because we regularly hold each other close, especially in times of crisis. We are needing community members to keep a safe distance from each other so as not to pass germs back and forth especially between our children and elders. We know there are government staff and community members who are unhappy with the continuity plan and the administrative leave during Spring Break. We want you to know that you are extremely important to us. Let me be clear, YOU are not replaceable, in the workforce or in our community. We are taking extra precautions in the hope that this virus will not affect us in great numbers, because YOU are practicing good protections and healthcare. Our frontline warriors in the efforts to keep us healthy and safe are the custodians who work day and night to ensure we have a clean environment to work in. It is also our healthcare professionals: doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics, first responders and the staff who directly support them in labs, pharmacies and offices. We need all of them to be healthy and safe so they can continue to provide their critical services. There is an old saying among our People “Only when you are happy and healthy then the people will be happy and healthy.” Take good care of yourself so you can take care of your family and take care of your community. We face trying times. Together with one heart and one mind we can protect ourselves and get through this pandemic. We must do it together. Most Respectfully,

Charles F. Sams III COVID-19 Incident Commander

Who and what is the Incident Command Team? MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation established an Incident Command Team (ICT) in response to the first known presumptive positive test of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, in Umatilla County Feb. 29. Since then, the ICT expanded focus from a public health team to


a pandemic response unit March 12. The COVID-19 ICT is charged with protecting health and welfare, said Jiselle Halfmoon, tribal governance public information officer for the ICT. “CTUIR established a COVID-19 Incident Command Team to assertively protect the health and welfare

of the CTUIR population and that of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and aggressively expand measures to protect elders, vulnerable populations, and adjust for continuity of essential governmental, community, and commerce services,” said Chuck Sams, Incident Commander. Sams normally serves as the

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CTUIR Communications Director. Jane Hill has stepped in to that role in his absence. As they determine what actions to take, the ICT reviewed information from state and federal governments and “has determined a need Continued on page 13A

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COVID-19 What should you do if you are higher risk? From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Who is at higher risk? Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes: •Older adults •People who have serious chronic medical conditions like: Heart disease Diabetes Lung disease Get ready for COVID-19 now Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick Group of senior citizens If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of get-

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ting sick with the disease. •Stock up on supplies. •Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others. •When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often. •Avoid crowds as much as possible. •Avoid cruise travel and nonessential air travel. •During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed. Have supplies on hand Prescription medicines and groceries •Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community

and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time. •If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications. •Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home. •Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time. Take everyday precautions washing hands Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Take everyday preventive actions: •Clean your hands often •Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or hav-

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ing been in a public place. •If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. •To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something. •Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places. •Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc. •Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones) •Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses Continued on Page 14A


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COVID-19 Coronavirus is spread person-to-person easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Person-to-person spread The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: •Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). •Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

•People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus

on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. How easily the virus spreads How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread

Community spread The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

What is a pandemic?

As of 10:30 a.m. March 16 What is a pandemic? A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease. What do outbreak, epidemic, and endemic mean? An outbreak is a local group of many more cases than expected of a disease in a small area. An epidemic is having many more cases than expected of a disease across a region or country. Endemic means that a disease regularly reoccurs within a population in a certain geographic area.

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The WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Now what? Declaring a pandemic might sound frightening, but the only difference in the disease is how many countries it is currently affecting. The real purpose of declaring a pandemic mostly centers around financial and legal matters. Various countries and multi-country organizations have guidelines about what emergency funding becomes available during a pandemic. They may have a different set of legal requirements for public health authorities or lawmakers to create policies and practices to contain the spread of the disease

during a declared pandemic. It also allows the World Health Organization more freedom to strongly encourage countries to enact stricter policies like social distancing and cancellation of large events. What are some examples of other pandemics? H1N1 influenza (2009) H3N2 influenza (1968) HIV/AIDS Polio

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COVID-19 99 things to do while you’re at home 1. Make homemade gifts 2. Bead items for yourself or others 3. Can First Foods and other meals such as soups and veggies

library books 25. Play games such as board, card, or dice games 26. Paint or watercolor your favorite scene (or anything!)

decade by listening to free online streaming 44. Make a collage from magazines, newspapers, and items around the house

69. Play chess or checkers 70. Play word games such as crossword puzzles and word finds 71. Read a book

4. Weave baskets

45. Make a vision board

72. Play Rock, Paper, Scissors

5. Sew clothes, household items, and regalia

46. Make a fort out of blankets and pillows

73. Start a journal

6. Practice/learn your language

47. Make a Fortune Teller Paper

7. Bake biscuits, cookies, or cakes

48. Make masks to hold a Masked Ball

8. Try a new recipe in the kitchen 9. Dry herbs, fruit, or meat 10. Reminisce by sorting through old photographs or making a scrapbook 11. Go through the To Do List items you’ve been putting off 12. Organize the drawer, room, or shelf that always seems to get away 13. Draw your family tree 14. Chat with friends and family members on FaceTime, Skype, or phone 15. Make a treasure hunt with clues and handmade treasures to find 16. Get gardening as it is a great time of year to plant 17. Host a movie night and take it to the next level when you draw a movie poster 18. Put on a play using old Halloween costumes and write your own script or use an existing one 19. Make finger puppets and put on your own puppet show 20. Read your favorite books, new books, or start a family book club

27. Reuse items such as milk cartons and cereal boxes to create a fictional town

49. Write a new song

22. Play sports by making your own mini-golf course in the living or finger football fields 23. Play homemade games such as paper boat races in the bath tub


76. Play card games like Uno 77. Watch a documentary

51. Write a new short story

28. Teach each other a new card game

52. Read to younger siblings

79. Make TikToks

29. Deep clean your house

53. Write a children’s book

80. Watch Disney movies

30. Create an obstacle course

54. Illustrate a children’s book

81. Watch compilations of old Vine videos

31. Learn a new dance

55. Draw a comic strip or webcomic

32. Exercise indoors using free online tutorials and household items

56. Write down your future goals and a list of what you need to do to accomplish them

33. Watch a Good Arts & Culture Virtual Tour 34. Follow a free art tutorial on McHarper Manor’s Facebook page 35. Watch a free opera on The Metropolitan Opera’s website www.metopera.org 36. Teach your kids a free class from Scholastic’s Learn at Home website https:// classroommagazines.scholastic. com/support/learnathome.html 37. Stretch your muscles with yoga

57. Make paper airplanes and hold a race/contest

82. Write letters to your friends and family 83. Make Christmas cards 84. Write a letter to your future self 85. Write a play

58. Make a self-portrait out of whatever medium strikes you

86. Watch YouTube

59. Meditate

87. Start your own YouTube channel and stockpile several videos

60. Organize your room 61. Learn a new hobby

88. Write a business plan

62. Play Pictionary

89. Learn how to make your own face masks, face scrub, or moisturizer

63. Practice a musical instrument you already know how to play or learn a new one

90. Color in a coloring book or draw your own scenes to color 91. Learn a new language

38. Take a free college course from an Ivy League university on freecodecamp.org

40. Use your cell phone’s camera to capture the world around you 41. Scroll through Instagram for inspiration (for your own photography or new ideas of what to do while staying home) 42. Make an amazing playlist

24. Try origami with some scrap paper and free online tutorials or

75. Play tic tac toe

78. Make your own documentary using your phone to shoot and edit with free software

50. Write a new poem

92. Take a bubble bath 93. Make your own bath bombs using a free online tutorial

39. Play a game of hide and seek 21. Host a picnic indoors or in the garden

74. Stick games

43. Study music from a different

64. Play computer and video games

94. Throw your pet a party

65. Play with toys

95. Play with your pets

66. Listen to podcasts

96. Put away your laundry

67. Start your own podcast and record several episodes in advance Put together puzzles

97. Paint your nails

68. Play Sudoku

99. Update your resume and cover letter

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98. Redecorate a room in your house

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COVID-19 Kayak Public Transit sanitizing buses daily Kayak Public Transit has taken the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. Kayak already has a winter schedule that increases the rate of sanitization during flu and cold season. Beginning on Feb. 6, at the very beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Kayak began sanitizing the buses every day. Additionally, surfaces in every bus are wiped down with Clorox wipes between each route. As of March 16, many bus seats will be restricted to encourage social distancing. Kayak will continue to monitor the situation and coordinate with federal, state, local and tribal governments and will make adjustments to our operations and procedures as necessary. Kayak recognizes its role as a lifeline for access to employment, medical, and shopping needs throughout the region, and we will continue to provide that service to the highest level of service possible. We ask our riders to help in that mission by helping protect the health of our drivers and other passengers by choosing to not ride if they are feeling under the weather.

School District providing lunch, breakfast Nixyaawii Governance Center and government operations will be closed during Spring Break, March 23-27 with the exception of personnel performing essential services (public safety, custodial staff, etc.) and Incident Command Team.

Syreeta Azure holds Julia Azure, who receives two sack meals from Christina Saxton from Suridge Middle School. One sack contains lunch and the other contains breakfast food for the following day. The Pendleton School District is providing the “Grab and Go� meals to all students 18 years and under, weekdays through Tuesday, March 31, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm. Meals will be packed to take home and will not be served onsite. Students must be present to receive meals. Meals will be provided at Pendleton Early Learning Center (PELC), 455 SW 13th Street; Washington Elementary School, 1205 SE Byers Avenue; and at CTUIR Community Gym, 73282 July Grounds Lane.

Some guidelines for meetings, classes and events Yellowhawk Tribal Health Clinic suggests cancelling large events. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says there should be no events with 25 or more people. However, should they occur, here are some community guidelines for meetings, classes, and events: Ensure that there are accessible sinks and soap for attendees to wash their hands in the event space. If there are no handwashing stations available, provide hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Try to limit close contact between attendees. Arrange the space to limit the number of people sitting at a table. Try to keep people four to six feet away from other attendees, especially if they will be sitting in one place for an hour or more. Host events in well ventilated buildings or outdoor venues. Do not allow anyone who is sick to attend the event.

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Prior to the start of the event speak with other hosts about the importance of keeping an eye out for anyone showing symptoms of viral illness like having a fever, coughing, sneezing, or having difficulty breathing. Have a plan for politely asking anyone who is sick to leave the event. Especially for large events, consider screening all attendees before they enter with questions about if they are currently sick or have recently traveled outside of the U.S. If you are serving food, have a few specific people wearing gloves serve food rather than putting it out buffet style with communal serving utensils. Consider the use of individual salt and pepper packets instead of communal seasonings. Clean the event space before and after use. Wipe down all highly touched surfaces like door handles and tables with disinfectant wipes or a bleach water solution. Bleach water should be made with either 1/3

cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons of bleach to 1 quart of water and discarded 12 hours after it is mixed. Provide plenty of tissues and open trash bins. Remind attendees of good hygiene practices like frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your face. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center has shared infographics and posters that can be printed and displayed in event spaces to remind attendees of these practices. Consider rescheduling or cancelling events that meet the following criteria: A large number of attendees will be elders over 60 years old or people with chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma, or other lung diseases. Many attendees will be coming from outside the CTUIR community. ***Please note that these guidelines are subject to change as the current situation evolves***

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COVID-19 Routine cleaning and disinfecting households General Recommendations for Routine Cleaning and Disinfection of Households Community members can practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product. General Recommendations for Cleaning and


Disinfection of Households with People Isolated in Home Care (e.g. Suspected/Confirmed to have COVID-19) •Household members should educate themselves about COVID-19 symptoms and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in homes. •Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks) ◦In the bedroom/bathroom dedicated for an ill person: consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed (e.g., soiled items and surfaces) to avoid unnecessary contact with the ill person. ◾As much as possible, an ill person should stay in a specific room and away from other people

in their home, following home care guidance. ◾The caregiver can provide personal cleaning supplies for an ill person’s room and bathroom, unless the room is occupied by child or another person for whom such supplies would not be appropriate. These supplies include tissues, paper towels, cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants . ◾If a separate bathroom is not available, the bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by an ill person. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as practical after use by an ill person to clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces. •Household members should follow home care guidance when interacting with persons

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COVID-19 Protect yourself, others with handwashing From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy. Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs: •Before, during, and after preparing food •Before eating food •Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea •Before and after treating a cut or wound •After using the toilet •After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet •After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing •After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste •After handling pet food or pet treats •After touching garbage You can follow the more detailed graph at right, or you can follow the five steps listed below. They offer the same results. Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals. Follow these five steps every time. 1.Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. 2.Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. 3.Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. 4.Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. 5.Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Use Hand Sanitizer If You Can’t Use Soap and Water Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.

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Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However, •Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs. •Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. •Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals. Caution! Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than a couple of

mouthfuls are swallowed. Keep it out of reach of young children and supervise their use. Learn more here. How to use hand sanitizer •Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount). •Rub your hands together. •Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds.

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COVID-19 Supplies with anticipated shortages listed Run on toilet paper considered a panic buy Supplies With Anticipated Moderate to Long-Term Shortages: Hand sanitizer Bleach based cleaning products Lysol based cleaning products Gloves Tissues Over the counter medications Fever reducers (Tylenol, Motrin, ibuprofen) Cold and flu medications (like DayQuil and NyQuil) Mucinex Sudafed Cough suppressant syrups Cough drops


Supplies With Anticipated Short-Term Shortages: Pasta Rice Canned vegetables Canned soups Toilet paper (due to panic buying rather than elevated necessity) The non-perishable food shortages will likely not last very long. It will just be difficult to buy these things when everyone is trying to stock up on 2 weeks worth of non-perishable food at the same time. Once most people have bought their 2 weeks of supplies and stores have had a chance to re-stock these items should be Toilet paper shelves at Safeway in Pendleton were all but bare Saturday, March easy to get again. 14. TP purchases are considered a panic buy during this pandemic.

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COVID-19 CTUIR Incident Command Continued from page 1

the BOT were among those that followed the directive. All committee and commission meetings were cancelled for two weeks, and tentatively are scheduled to begin again on March 30. Schools, including Head Start and Tribal Daycare, and Recreation Services are closed. The BOT has cancelled all travel through April 8 for government employees. The Tribes’ Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)took the lead on feeding children and elders. A DCFS team bought several thousand dollars worth of food and put together food boxes that were delivered to elders Saturday, March 14. More such visits are planned. Pendleton School District is providing lunches and breakfast food for children at the Community Center each morning. See photo and information on Page 2. The Tribes’ Incident Command Team has 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. As of 11 a.m. Monday, March 16, Oregon had a total of 39 people who have been diagnosed with

COVID-19, after the Oregon Health area at Wildhorse Casino, but as a Authority announced three new precautionary measure the CTUIR presumptive positive cases of the closed the gaming facility and hotel novel coronavirus. for two days and conducted a vigOHA is reporting one new case orous cleaning. Yamhill County, one new case in On March 12 the CTUIR Board of Deschutes County, Trustees (BOT) and one new case declared a Public in Linn County. Health EmergenThe Yamhill Councy for the Umaty and Deschutes tilla Indian ResCounty cases are ervation, which believed to be comtriggered a mumunity acquired. tual-aid agreeThe case in Linn ment with UmaCounty is a staff tilla County. member at the On March Oregon Veterans’ 11 the World Home in Lebanon, Health Orgawhich currently nization dehas nine residents clared the rapid who have tested spread of COVpositive. State and ID-19 as a globlocal officials have al pandemic. Incident Commander also reported OrOn March 12, egon has its first the BOT transiChuck Sams fatality from COtioned the InciVID-19 as of March dent Command 14, 2020, a 70-year-old man in Mult- Team from Public Health (which nomah County who had underly- was coordinated by Yellowhawk ing health conditions as well. Tribal Health Center with Lisa GuzA Umatilla County man on Feb. man as the Incident Commander) 29 became sick at an AAU basket- to a COVID-19 community-wide ball game in Weston and a few days approach (with Chuck Sams as Inlater tested positive for COVID-19, cident Commander). a virus that originated in China. The COVID-19 Incident ComHis was the third case identified by mand centralizes the direction for the Oregon Health Authority. The the CTUIR government, Yellowman worked in an isolated security hawk Tribal Health Center, and

“We are all living in extraordinary times and will need to make approprioate adjustments and expectations as we move through this emergency.”

Tribal enterprises and sets out roles and tasks that need to be developed, worked on and completed. As of March 16, there were no new infected individuals on the Reservation. Incident Commander Sams said wthe objective is to further isolate the Reservation and workforce from contact with outside communities that are now, or will soon experience outbreaks. “We are all living in extraordinary times and will need to make appropriate adjustments and expectations as we move through this emergency,” Sams said. The Incident Command Team is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community, including the employee work force. As this situation progresses, it is increasingly apparent that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people over 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as diabetes. As the Center for Disease Control, State and local and tribal health authorities have noted, the best measure is a concept called social distancing. Social distancing should last for at least two weeks. This is a current estimate and may be modified at any time.

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Dept of Children & Services Utility Bills Rental Assistance Meals - Lunch Served Women Infants & Children (WIC) ChildCare Suicide Crisis Legal Aid CTUIR Loan Program Commodity Food Program Veteran's Services

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CAPECO Helping Hands CAPECO Helping Hands Salvation Army Yellowhawk Tribal Health Lil Turtles CTUIR - Loan CAPECO Sam Spino or Julie Taylor

Phone #:

541-429-7300 541-276-3418 or 276-1926 541-276-3418 or 276-1926 541-276-3369 541-240-8697 541-379-1025 or 379-1446 1-800-699-9075 541-276-6685 541-429-7155 541-276-5073 x105 541-215-7438 or 969-8413


Monday - Friday Tuesday - Friday Tuesday - Friday Tuesday - Friday Monday - Friday Monday - Friday 24/7 Monday - Friday Monday - Friday Monday - Friday Monday - Friday

Time to call:

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM 8:30 - 11:30 & 1:30 - 4:30 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Through Tuesday March 31 Grab And Go Meals will be available from Pendleton School District to all students 18 and under. Food Truck distribution of meals will be from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Monday through Friday at the following locations: Pendleton Early Learning Center Washington Elementary School CTUIR Recreation Facility-Food Truck If you are in need of services or resources please call 541-429-7300 Workforce Development questions please email; kathleenpeterson@ctuir.org or julietaylor@ctuir.org All General Assistance recipients, Foster Care payments, Childcare payments will be mailed out the 1st week of April

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COVID-19 Cleaning surfaces, clothing, towels, etc. Continued from page 8

with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 and their isolation rooms/bathrooms. How to clean and disinfect: Surfaces •Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection products used. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed. •If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. •For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. ◦Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not


past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. ◾Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: ◾5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or ◾4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water •For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning: ◦Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely, or Use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are suitable for porous surfaces. Clothing, towels, linens and other items that go in the laundry •Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill person and then discard after each use. If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be

used for other household purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed. ◦If no gloves are used when handling dirty laundry, be sure to wash hands afterwards. ◦If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air. ◦Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items. ◦Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered. Other considerations •The ill person should eat/be fed in their room if possible. Non-disposable food service items used should be handled with gloves and washed with hot water or in a dishwasher. Clean hands after handling used food service items. •If possible, dedicate a lined trash can for the ill person. Use gloves when removing garbage bags, handling, and disposing of trash. Wash hands after handling or disposing of trash.

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Tribal Court sets new schedule

CTUIR Command Team Continued from page 2A

to expand the responsibility and authority of the Incident Command to deal with this critical health issue in the broadest context,” said Halfmoon. An incident command team was also used during the flooding that took place on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in February. Operations of that team are still ongoing as the cleanup and recovery are ongoing. Sams says the ICT is a team made up of several departments and tribal enterprises, and the team has more than 20 members with representation from tribal government, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, plus tribal enterprises such as Wildhorse Resort & Casino and Cayuse Holdings. “We are bringing together the interdisciplinary resources of the Tribal government, health services and economic enterprises to determine next steps in dealing with this pandemic,” said Sams. “We know a comprehensive approach is key to ensure the health of our people and our economy in the coming months.” Besides Sams and Halfmoon, there are many other people on the team. Erin Biencourt is providing ICT support, Carrie Sampson-Samuels is the public health information officer, Heather Anderson is in charge of public health media relations, and JD Tovey is assisting with planning and environmental health. The chief executive officers of several entities are in the group, including Lisa Guzman, Yellowhawk CEO; Gary George, Wildhorse CEO; and Billy Nerenberg, Cayuse Holdings CEO. Angie Dearing is Yellowhawk’s clinic director and a member of the team. Most of the Tribes’ approximately 16 departments are represented by at least one person. Naomi Stacy from the Office of Legal Counsel is on the team in addition to Rob Burnside from Public Safety, Frank Anderson from Public Works, Julie Taylor from the Department of Children and Family Services, Kelly Sager from Tribal Courts, Ken Burcham and Marguarite Becenti from the Office of Information Technology, Maureen Minthorn from the Gaming Commission, Senior Planner Patty Perry, Finance Director Paul Rabb, and Executive Director Ted Wright. Through Sams, the ICT will provide daily updates on the local situation.

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Staying safe at the clinic Shana Alexander, RN, dons personal protective equipment on the medical floor at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.

All Tribal Court Probation check-ins (in person) are SUSPENDED for 30 days. Continue to follow recommendations of treatment providers during check-in suspension. Community Service work-crews are SUSPENDED for 30 days. Probation check-ins will resume Monday, April 13, 2020, in Umatilla Tribal Court. Next Jury Trial is Tuesday, April 28, 2020. To confirm next scheduled Jury Duty, please call 541-429-7046. Umatilla Tribal Court will remain open for emergency proceedings (i.e. domestic abuse protection orders, emergency shelter care hearings, video arraignments, and other emergency situations).

Sing happy birthday and say your ABC’s while you wash your hands.

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COVID-19 What is COVID-19? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus. The disease was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has spread globally, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Muscle pain, sputum production and sore throat are less common. While the majority of cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to pneumonia and multiorgan failure. The deaths per number of diagnosed cases is estimated at between 2.8% and 5% but varies by age and other health conditions.

The infection is spread from one person to others via respiratory droplets, often produced during coughing and sneezing. Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between 2 and 14 days, with an average of 5 days. Recommended measures to prevent the disease include frequent hand washing, maintaining distance from other people and not touching one’s face. The use of masks is recommended for those who suspect they have the virus and their caregivers. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19; management involves treatment of symptoms, supportive care, isolation and experimental measures.

Tribe, County and City united against coronavirus In the interest of public health, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), the Umatilla County Commission, and the City of Pendleton are working to insure the safety of our communities and are acting in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards. Misinformation surrounding COVID-19 in Umatilla County has reminded us that elements of discrimination are still alive in Northeast Oregon. For that reason, the CTUIR, the Umatilla County Commission, and the City of Pendleton have pledged that they will work together to explore strategies for helping bring us closer together and to create greater understanding of one another. Together we can better serve the needs of our community members and work toward lessening the effects of COVID-19 to our social, cultural and economic vitality. Please follow recommended social distancing practices, stay home whenever possible, avoid close contact with other people and wash hands frequently to slow the spread of COVID-19.

What should you do? Continued from page 3A

like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick. •Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships. If COVID-19 is spreading in your community Practice social distancing and stay away from anyone who is sick Take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus. •Stay home as much as possible. •Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and


reduce the impact of disease. Have a plan for if you get sick •Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. •Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick. •Determine who can care for you if your caregiver gets sick. Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs •Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor. •If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath Persistent pain or pressure in the chest New confusion or inability to arouse

Bluish lips or face *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. What to do if you get sick •Stay home and call your doctor. •Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed. •If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home. •Know when to get emergency help. •Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above. What others can do to support older adults Community support for older adults •Community preparedness planning for COVID-19 should include older adults and people with dis-

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abilities, and the organizations that support them in their communities, to ensure their needs are taken into consideration. Many of these individuals live in the community, and many depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence. •Long-term care facilities should be vigilant to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19. Information for long-term care facilities can be found here. Family and caregiver support •Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand. •Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan. •Stock up on non-perishable food to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores. •If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.

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STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

For more information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19 CS314915-A

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Confederated Umatilla Journal Special Report on COVID-19  

The Confederated Umatilla Journal is the monthly tribal newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendlet...

Confederated Umatilla Journal Special Report on COVID-19  

The Confederated Umatilla Journal is the monthly tribal newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendlet...