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Two people have tested positive, at least one in Wasco County; tests are underway.

Two people on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs released a statement at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, just hours after a notice that people who had attended the annual Salmon Feast in Celilo may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

One of the people resides in Jefferson County and the other resides Wasco County, according to Jefferson County Public Health Director Michael Baker.

"Both are currently following physical distancing and working the Public Health," he said

According to a statement released by the tribes Thursday, April 23, of the 62 people tested, 59 results were negative, and one was pending. Tribal Community Health staff were continuing to work on contact tracing for those who tested positive.

People who attended the Celilo Salmon Feast are asked to call Warm Springs Public Health at 541-553-2460 or the Warm Springs Health & Wellness Nurse line at 541-553-5512. After hours, people should call 866-470-2015.

The tribes have been following Gov. Kate Brown's Stay Home, Save Lives mandate, though they are not required to do so because of tribal sovereignty.

On Tuesday, April 21, the Tribal Council voted to extend tribal government closures of nonessential services until at least May 8, according to the Spilyay Tymoo newspaper.


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