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Tribal Council enacted the shutdown due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

TERESA JACKSON/MADRAS PIONEER - Roads leading into Warm Springs were closed to outside traffic in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs government offices are reclosing until Aug. 3 due to the increase in cases of COVID-19.

"The Warm Springs Tribal Council accepted the recommendations from the Warm Springs COVID-19 Response Team to shut down the tribal government until Aug. 3, 2020," said a July 19 community update from Louie Pitt Jr., director of government affairs and planning for the Tribes.

"The percentage of positive cases to the number of tests have a high percentage that brought about the closure recommendations. Please note the 'Stay at home' order for two weeks is to help lessen the spread of the disease in our community.

"The health professionals tell us to flatten the curve since we've had 55 new cases since July 1 and five new hospitalizations in the same timeframe," Pitt wrote.

Jefferson County saw its 200th case this week, with 206 total cases having been reported Tuesday, July 21. The number of cases countywide has more than doubled since the last week in June.

"Essential services will be available for tribal members, as well as recommending that travel be limited to essential needs, acquiring food, medicines, doctor visits, related medical issues for disabled persons," Pitt said.

"Tribal Council was very busy in governance of the reservation, including the passage of Resolution 12,710 that added more strength to keeping non-compliant individuals or groups to stay isolated or quarantined. They also passed Ordinance No. 101, Emergency Detention of Contagious or Infectious Persons, Chapter 332, WS Tribal Code. This ordinance will protect the Warm Springs community and have due process for the individual; possible detention for those who are infectious or possible infectious but choose to travel out of their place of isolation or quarantine."

The Warm Springs Agency area is also still under a boil water notice, and residents are being asked to conserve water.


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