For immediate release:   March 17, 2020

Contact:            Kat Brigham, Chair - CTUIR, (541) 969-3177

                        George Murdock, Umatilla County Commissioner, (541) 278-6202

                        John Turner, Mayor – City of Pendleton, (541) 541-922-8605        


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 ensure 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 a 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 on 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.


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