COVID-19 INFORMATION

Tests Completed: 1179    Negative Tests: 1124    Positive Tests: 27    *Retests: 28     Pending: 0

These numbers represent tests taken at the Clinic.  This information will be updated by 10am Monday - Friday.
*Retests of positive cases reported by another County.

TRIBAL OPERATIONS

Updates regarding the status of Tribal events, services and facilities.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

Services and accessibility updates at the Grand Ronde Health & Wellness Center.

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SPIRIT MOUNTAIN CASINO

Information regarding operation of the casino.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Contact information for a wide variety of COVID-19 resources.

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COVID-19 Payment Relief Program Application Update

ATTENTION GRAND RONDE TRIBAL MEMBERS: Tribal Members who have not submitted their COVID-19 Relief Payment Application have until 5:00PM on December 1, 2020 to get their application in for payment. Applications received after this date and time will not be accepted. The October application will be applied to November’s payment. The application is online at: https://www.grandronde.org/covid-19-information/c19-rpa/

Tribal Operations and COVID-19 Update

November 16, 2020: We are aware of the governor’s latest “freeze” to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. After careful consideration, the Tribe has made the decision to maintain its current operations for the Tribal Government. Tribal Campus will also remain closed to visitors at this time. Come Wednesday, November 18, 2020, if you feel it is in your best interest to work remotely, we encourage you do so with the approval of your supervisor.  

We have done a great job keeping the virus contained but we all must do our part to protect ourselves, family, and coworkers from this virus.  Wash and sanitize your hands, wear masks, and social distance.   

If you develop any symptoms related to the virus, please contact your medical provider immediately, the clinic will continue to be a resource for testing and advice.  You can call 503-879-2032 for triage support or questions. 

We are closely monitoring the situation and we will continue to evaluate if any changes need to be made. Please watch the Tribe’s COVID website and Facebook page for the latest information and future updates. 

Spirit Mountain Casino and COVID-19 Update

October 14, 2020: We believe that information sharing and transparency is a large part of the COVID-19 response. Therefore, we want to share with everyone that there has been a workplace outbreak of COVID-19 at Spirit Mountain Casino. Although the Oregon Health Authority defines an “outbreak” as, “two or more cases linked to the same worksite who have disease onset in the same 14-day period,” we wanted to communicate with the membership directly.

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If you suspect or have symptoms (fever, cough, sneezing)  and/or flu-like symptoms, please do not enter the Health & Wellness Center! To help limit possible exposure to others, please contact the receptionist at: (503) 879-2032 for triage and alternative entrance.

Covid Inforgraphic

TO FIND A TESTING LOCATION NEAR YOU, PLEASE VISIT:

https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-testing

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COVID-19 VIRAL TESTING

Positive COVID-19 Test: A positive COVID-19 test means that the individual tested has an active COVID-19 infection. They may, or may not, be showing symptoms but need to follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantine and isolation.
 
Negative COVID-19 Test: A negative COVID-19 test means a person was not infected at the time of the test or that they were too early in the infection for a positive result. It does not mean that an individual can’t get sick. An individual could be exposed after the test and then become infected with COVID-19. An additional test would need to be administered to determine a later infection.

Face Covering and Mask Update

Effective October 19, 2020: The Oregon Health Authority recommends wearing a face covering or mask instead of a face shield.   A face shield may be worn in limited situations when a face shield by itself is appropriate, like talking to someone who is Deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.  For all the latest information visit the OHA website at. https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.

Financial Assistance Programs

COVID-19 Relief Payment Program

On April 23, 2020, Tribal Council approved the COVID-19 Relief Payment Program to ensure all eligible Tribal members, 18 years of age and older, will receive stipends for the unexpected costs or loss of income because of the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency. The program provides financial assistance to eligible Tribal members to help alleviate the hardships endured during this time. The Tribe’s COVID-19 Relief Payment Program requires all Tribal members to submit an application.

Next Payment Distribution Date: November 16, 2020
FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2020

APPLICATION INFORMATION

The application for COVID-19 Relief Payments is now AVAILABLE ONLINE! The October application will be applied to November’s payment. The application can be filled out online or printed HERE.

PROGRAM UPDATES

October 16, 2020: The Tribe has discovered a number of COVID-19 Relief Payment Applications that had been received by the deadline but not logged into the system. We are working as quickly as possible to get those payments processed and out today. Please be patient with us and thank you for understanding.

August 18, 2020: Tribal Council has heard the needs and concerns of the members and made the decision to extend assistance under the COVID-19 Payment Relief Program for three more months. The payments will use CARES Act funding to provide three additional $600.00 monthly payments to enrolled Grand Ronde Tribal members over the age of 18 who have a demonstrated need. The Tribe’s COVID-19 Payment Relief Program will have provided $4,400.00 to Tribal members since its creation in March with the goal of helping them ease the financial burden surrounding the pandemic and helping them provide essential needs for their families. Additional information to come.

July 15, 2020: Following the Tribe's adopting and implementation of the COVID-19 Relief Payment Program, the US Department of Treasury issued new guidelines related to the program. The new guidance requires that each Tribal member must complete an application for the program.

May 27, 2020: Tribal Council has directed the Finance Department and the Executive Staff to prepare a supplemental budget that would allow the Tribe to extend assistance to Tribal Members under the COVID-19 Payment Relief Program. The supplemental budget will use 8.1 million dollars from the Tribe’s CARES Act funding from the Department of. Treasury and will allow the Tribe to distribute three, $600.00 payments to adult Tribal Members. There will be one payment at the end of June, one payment at the end of July and one payment at the end of August. The budget will be posted in the coming days.

MAY 7, 2020: Tribal Council has authorized staff to proceed with a supplemental budget for 1.9 million dollars.  If approved, these funds will do two things. First, it will allow the Tribe to distribute an additional $400.00 to adult Tribal Members under the Tribe’s COVID-19 Payment Relief Program; a program aimed at protecting the social and economic well-being of our members during the COVID-19 crisis. Second, it will add $100,000.00 to the Emergency Assistance program administered by Social Services. The supplemental budget will be voted on at a special Tribal Council meeting on May 21.

March 18th, 2020: The Tribe passed Resolution No. 101-20 declaring a state of emergency due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and the State of Oregon. This outbreak threatens the safety and well-being of the Tribe and our members and Tribal Council must act to protect the social and economic well-being of Tribal members. Tribal Council has established the COVID-19 Relief Payment Program for Tribal Members. The purpose of the Program is to establish a general welfare payment to Tribal Members which will help offset the financial impacts to members from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Childcare Reimbursement Program

The Tribe has allocated funding to assist families with the high cost of childcare. This is a partial reimbursement program through the Social Services Department.

  • This is a first come first serve program.
  • Full applications and supporting documents must be received to process the application.
  •  Approved applicants will receive the reimbursement September 1 through August 31 of the current year.
  • Each household will receive up to a $100 monthly reimbursement per eligible child.
  • Social Services will maintain a waiting list based on date/time of application in the event that approved applicants become ineligible at any point during the current application year.

Learn more about the eligibility and application requirements and download the application here.

"The Grand Ronde family is not limited by state or national borders. Our goal is to get assistance to Tribal Members no matter where they live and we hope that these actions will help our membership navigate these uncertain times."
~Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Tribal Council

Housing Assistance for Tribal Members

On Friday, August 7th, the Tribe received some additional funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support its assistance efforts for tribal members during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This housing plan outlined a number of programs and services that are designed to help tribal members in a number of different capacities. First, it included a 3-month rent relief for Tribal Members living in Tribal Housing. Second, it has allowed us to create a temporary, needs-based, rent and mortgage assistance program that is available for all Tribal Members. 

COVID-19 Housing Relief Program

The Tribe has created the COVID-19 Housing Relief Program as a way to help Grand Ronde Tribal households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program allows for a one-time mortgage relief assistance or rental assistance grant for tribal households throughout the United States of America. The COVID-19 Housing Relief Program is based on a first come, first serve basis and will remain open until 12/31/2020 or until funding has been expended.

Those eligible are:

  • Tribal households negatively impacted due to COVID-19. To be considered a tribal household, the head of household, spouse, or a minor child(ren) must be an enrolled Grand Ronde Tribal member
  • Impact must be due to circumstances directly related to COVID-19 (i.e. loss of income due to lay-off, reduced hours, office closures, loss of income due to quarantine, etc.)

Households assisted with Indian Housing Block Grant funds (Rental Assistance Program) and households that benefited from the Tribal payment waiver are not eligible.

For more information, please review the policy and application here:
COVID-19 CARES ACT Relief Program Policy
COVID-19 CARES ACT Application

As a Tribe we are committed to helping our members, staff, and community in every way possible. We will continue to explore ways to help everyone who needs it during these challenging times. 

Student Technology Assistance Program

**Application Deadline: December 11, 2020**

COVID-19 has significantly impacted students and how they learn. The increased focus on distance education has spurred the Tribe to implement a technology assistance program that will help students at every level acquire the tools they need to succeed. The Tribe’s Technology Program is designed to help Grand Ronde Tribal Members with a one-time allowance of $500 to acquire the tools, like laptops and internet access, to support their learning. 

To receive this assistance, Tribal members will be required to verify that:

  • they, or their Tribal Member child, are enrolled in school, kindergarten through college and
  • that such school and course work will be offered online for the 20/21 School Year. 

For more information, please review the Technology Program Application and Policy available here.

Elder Technology Assistance Program

**Application Deadline: December 11, 2020**

The Tribe Extends Technology Program to Elders!

The COVID-19 Technology Program is offered to aid Elder Tribal (age 55 and above) members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde with technology tools needed for continued access to support for Tribal services.  Items include, but are not limited to as laptops and internet access necessitated by COVID-19. Eligible Tribal Elder member applicants will receive a one-time $500 allowance. Recipients will be required to provide a copy of the receipt of purchase to verify allowance was used for a technology purchase.

For more information, please download and apply here.

Grants Available for Native-Owned Small Businesses in Oregon

ATNI’s Economic Development Corporation is receiving $185,000 from Business Oregon to distribute to Native-owned small businesses in Oregon in the form of grants. Eligible businesses must be headquartered in Oregon, have 25 or fewer employees, demonstrate that they were adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and have not been able to access federal CARES Act Funding.

For more information, visit: https://atniedc.com/rlf/covid-19/#ORGrants

or download: ATNI-EDC Native-Owned Small Business Grant Application

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