CTUIR Public Safety Department hit by outbreak
October 1, 2020
MISSION — A COVID-19 outbreak among Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation staff means the Tribes are getting some help from neighboring governments.
In a press release, the CTUIR announced that five staff members of the public safety department have tested positive for the virus. To make up for the staff shortage, the Tribes are activating mutual aid agreements with the Pendleton Fire Department and East Umatilla Fire & Rescue. The Bureau of Indian Affairs wildland firefighters will not be affected.
“We are taking every precaution to make sure the community is safe. Fire protection will continue thanks to our partners. Contact tracing is nearly complete,” CTUIR Board of Trustees Chair Kat Brigham said in a statement. “This outbreak shows how COVID can shutter critical public services. Fortunately, our Emergency Operating Plan (ensures) continuity of services.”