Covid-19 Community Update: 2 June

Warm Springs, OR June 2, 2020

Contact: Louie Pitt, Jr.
Director Government Affairs & Planning
Phones: 541-553-3540/541-777-1359

“As of 4:00p on 6/2/2020 – Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center has sent in or tested 548 Total Tests, 483 Total Negative, 27 Test Pending, 35 Positive Cases, 3 Total Invalid, 17 have recovered. Note – the STATE lab is taking 24-48 hours for results Our testing capability currently stands at 135 STATE and 469 ABBOTT test kits. We continue to do random surveillance testing of our high-risk community members. We will begin a broader surveillance of the CTWS employees, as staff begin to return to work in the coming
weeks.” Hyllis Dauphinais, Sr., CEO Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center

The Warm Springs CoVID-19 Response team is concerned about the increase in positive cases and shared the concern with the Warm Springs Tribal Council. The contact tracing team is investigating all the tests, positive or negative and making sure the persons that are tested self-quarantine themselves. The contact tracing team stays in contact with the persons, who take their own temperatures and discuss if any symptoms begin to occur, staying in contact with the team over the phone. Earlier reports of a single event with a household are not accurate. More questions with those that tested positive have led to others they were in contact with, which investigations take time.

Tribal Council has selected June 8th, 2020 as the 25 percent start up date for the tribal government. A gradual opening, ensuring work areas are sanitized, social distance rearrangement of offices (like 6 foot lines on floors), masks required, plan phone conference calls (not meeting in persons or groups) and hand sanitizers throughout tribal offices, tribal employee training on the “new normal” are some of the changes.

The Indian Head Casino plans to reopen June 11, 2020, please call 541-460-7777 for opening time. The Plaza Truck Stop has a limited opening at this time. Our tribal community is asked to continue being patient, be courteous to each other, social distancing, staying away from hot spots, wearing face  overings, avoiding crowds, wherever you travel—remember the Warm Springs reservation is still under a Stay Home order.


Press Release 6-2-2020