COVID-19 INFORMATION

Tests Completed: 364     Negative Tests: 359    **Retests: 3     Positive Tests: 3     Pending: 2

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

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.

ATTENTION TRIBAL MEMBERS: Tribe’s COVID-19 Relief Payment Program Requires Application!

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 the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency. The Program provides financial assistance to eligible tribal members to help alleviate the hardships endured.  
 
Following the Tribe’s adoption and implementation of the COVID-19 Relief Payment Program, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued new guidance related to the Program.   The new guidance requires that each Tribal member must complete an application for the Program. 
 

COVID-19 Relief Payment Program

On 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.

On April 23rd, 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.

UPDATE 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. Click here to download and complete the application.

UPDATE 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.

UPDATE MAY 7, 2020:

We recognize that many of our Tribal Members We recognize that many of our Tribal Members are struggling during these challenging times. Therefore, 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.

 
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.

Staying Safe & Healthy at Work

Tribal Leaders and staff have been discussing the best ways to reopen the government in a safe and healthy manner. We’re happy to announce that we will be begin the reopening process of the Tribal Government (and Tribal Government only) on Monday, May 18th. The process will occur in three phases and include changes to Tribal Operations that are designed to protect staff and the public. 

Phase 2 Reopening

We’re happy to announce that the Tribal Government is moving into Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, June 15th. More services will be available but people are asked to call in advance for an appointment.

Immediate family members may now use certain outdoor facilities as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. Outdoor facilities opening include the basketball court (housing), day use parks and the baseball field. Please limit gatherings to 25 people or less and follow the same guidance as phase one. Housing play grounds will remain closed. Please contact Facilities regarding the day use parks and the baseball field.

Click here to review the plan

Testing

Voluntary COVID Testing for Employees
In an effort to help guide appropriate control measures and identify early and isolate any COVID-19 infections in the workplace, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde is conducting COVID-19 testing of Grand Ronde employees. This testing is voluntary, subject to available test kits and covered by the employee health plan.

Antibody Testing
The Tribe is currently implementing antibody testing at our Clinic lab. We are starting with Tribal employees in high risk areas and positions and will expand from there. Patient antibody testing will begin at the Tribal Clinic on July 20. Information on testing requirements and how patients can schedule antibody testing will be communicated at a later date and through our regular outlets (email, FB pages, CTGR COVID-19 webpage, etc.). We will start scheduling patient antibody testing appointments on July 16. Please do not call the Clinic to schedule antibody testing before then.


07/22/2020 Facebook Live Event

There have been cases reported in Polk County, Yamhill and Marion County. We do not have reason to believe that these cases have been associated or have had contact with the Tribe or the Community.

However, Tribal staff from Tribal Government, Spirit Mountain Casino, Health and Wellness and Emergency Preparedness are working closely with Yamhill County Public Health and the Oregon Health Authority to develop a response to a possible outbreak. Prevention, education and precautionary tactics are the Tribe’s top priority and have been developed to support the detection and prevention of virus spread.

Symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Someone showing any of these signs should seek emergency medical care immediately.

Prevention: The best way to prevent exposure or the spread of coronavirus is through social distancing, wearing a facemask or covering when out in public, frequent handwashing, avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth, avoiding contact with people who are sick, staying home while sick and avoiding contact with others, and covering your mouth and nose with tissue and sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Patients who believe they have been exposed to the virus should call the Clinic at (503) 879-2032 for triage and further instruction. This will help limit possible exposure to staff and patients.

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To find a testing location near you, visit:

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

Emergency Assistance for Tribal Members

The Tribe’s Social Services Department continues to provide emergency rental/housing assistance and emergency utility assistance for Tribal Members during this challenging time. The Tribe is looking to serve as many Tribal Members as possible and has made some exceptions to some of its normal policies in response to COVID-19 impacts and is monitoring services that are available in surrounding counties. Tribal Members should call Social Services and explain their needs so staff can assist and refer Tribal Members to the appropriate resources.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE CONTACT: Tammy Garrison at 503-879-2077. 

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

Volunteers Needed

The CDC recommends that everybody wear a mask when they venture outside of their homes for groceries, doctor visits, or other essential travel. We are asking for volunteers that can make face masks that we can distribute to our elders, our staff still serving the community, our community members and our families. While they are not 100% protection against COVID-19, they can help keep everyone healthy and safe.
  • Patterns and instructions for masks can be found online.
  • We will be receiving masks from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. They can be dropped off in our designated drop off locations - the Community Center, Tribal Governance, and the Tribal Clinic.