COVID-19 INFORMATION

KWSO is maintaining this ongoing blog to post information regarding coronavirus COVID-19.  Information will be posted here as it comes in.  KWSO news will continue to post information each morning and late afternoon as well.

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4/2/20

Families are a child’s first and best teacher but most of us are unprepared to take on home school which is what is needed with kids out of school due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • With schools closed, recess and gym classes are also not in session. Oregon’s unpredictable weather can make it tough for kids to play outside. The American Heart Association has some suggestions for keeping active at home. Here’s a sampling:
  • Practice math problems and do a jumping jack every time the answer is an even number.
  • Ball-toss spelling practice: Toss the ball and say a letter then toss the ball to someone else to say the next letter.
  • Have a dance party for one minute.
  • Practice spelling and do a squat for every vowel.
  • Find these suggestions and 20 more on THIS printable poster.

As we all are staying home and staying in – it’s important for us to minimize air pollution inside our homes as much as we can.  Here is some advice from Mansel Nelson at Northern Arizona University

“PARIS, March 23 — In response to the rapid spread of Covid-19, staying at home can reduce the risk posed by the virus, which is responsible for a growing number of deaths around the world. But when you are indoors all day, you are actually spending a lot of time in a rather polluted environment. Here are some tips to optimise the quality of the air at home.

With several countries across the world under lockdown to stem the spread of Covid-19, many people have been forced to stay in and content themselves with brief forays outside for a little solitary exercise or some essential shopping.

Working from home and spending most of the day indoors entails spending a lot of hours in an environment where one important consideration is often overlooked: Indoor air pollution.

According to official estimates from the French air quality observatory, the air in our homes is typically five times more polluted than the air outside.

Cleaning products, tobacco smoke, volatile organic compounds created by combustion during cooking, damp and mold… Our consumer lifestyles have a major impact on the air that we breathe at home, which is why we should take steps to renew it as often as possible.

Air your home several times a day

In the morning, after cooking or cleaning, and in the evening before going to bed… It is essential to change the air in your home several times a day. Leave windows open for several minutes at a time to ensure effective ventilation.

If the mechanical ventilation system in your home has not been cleaned for a long time, now is the time to set it right.

“All too often neglected, efficient ventilation is vitally important in a healthy home. It brings in fresh air, removes odors and pollutants, eliminates excess humidity and supplies combustion appliances with the oxygen they need,” points out the French Environmental and Energy Conservation Agency (Ademe).

Do not smoke

Tobacco smoke leaves lasting traces on walls, fabrics, floors and ceilings. Inhaling the air in an enclosed space polluted by tobacco increases the risk of heart disease and respiratory disorders.

Do not overuse industrial cleaning products and consider natural alternatives

Those of you who are planning on taking advantage of confinement measures to do some thorough spring-cleaning should be wary of overusing industrial cleaning products.

In April 2019, a study conducted by the French magazine 60 Millions de consommateurs (60 Million Consumers) highlighted the presence of toxic and polluting substances in 60 top-selling brands. Needless to say, the best policy is to keep recourse to such products to a minimum.

Four products

Widely available in supermarkets, potassium soaps, traditional hard soaps, sodium bicarbonate and white vinegar are precious natural allies in the bid to keep your home bright as a new pin. These four traditional products are all that you need to clean all types of surfaces, including pots and pans (sodium bicarbonate or potassium soap), fabrics (household detergent made from hard soap) and glass and glazed surfaces (white vinegar). — AFP-news”

It’s Not Just Here.  COVID-19 is impacting lives everywhere.  Today – there are more than one million cases worldwide.   Here’s an article from NPR to give some perspective.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/02/825972025/1-million-coronavirus-cases-have-now-been-reported-worldwide

4/1/20

The Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center continues to screen people upon arrival.  They ask anyone who is sick with the symptoms of coronavirus to please call their COVID-19 hotline before coming to the clinic.

11 tests  have been conducted in Warm Springs with 5 negative results and 6 tests pending results

 

The things you can do to protect from spreading the COVID-19 virus is to:

  • wash your hands frequently
  • cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people
  • stay home to avoid others
  • if you feel sick – stay in a room separate from others in your home

3/31/20

OUT OF SCHOOL LEARNING FOR JCSD 509-j

All schools are closed in Oregon until at least April 28th.

The Jefferson County 509 J School District is launching supplemental learning supports for students on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.     In addition to the website resources, printed materials will be delivered at all meal serving locations.

These resources will be provided until the district implements their “Distance Learning for All” plan later in April.

Reading is being encouraged and there will be books available at all meal service locations and also during the week at the District Office in Madras, weekdays 8am – 4pm.

A  Letter to Parents  was sent out today (3/31/20)

The 509J website is JCSD dot K 12 dot O R dot U S.  https://www.jcsd.k12.or.us/

WARM SPRINGS HOUSING AUTHORITY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
Warm Springs Housing Authority announced today (3/31/20)  that they have shifted from reduced hours to a complete closure to the public – as they increase their social distancing in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The Housing Building is now closed to the public until April 13, 2020.  Any & all emergencies need to call WSPD 541-553-1171.  Police Dispatch can read Housing Authority on-call staff for emergency repairs.

SESAME STREET SHARES IDEAS FOR FAMILIES TO HELP CHILDREN DEAL WITH THE STRESS OF COVID-19 AND ITS EFFECTS ON DAILY LIFE

Facing a health emergency can bring up feelings of stress, uncertainty, and confusion, especially for young children.   Sesame Street has worked up these  TIPS FOR TALKING TO KIDS .

There are simple ways to talk about COVID-19 with young children, and we can always offer comfort.  And understanding how to properly wash your hands is a great life skill to have.

3/29/20

Road signs limiting traffic off Highway 26 to local traffic only were placed last week along with “Save Lives, Stay Home” banners throughout the community as the Warm Springs Reservation takes seriously the social distancing guidelines put forth across most of America.

Monday morning (3/30/20) Tribal Offices will be closed to the public with all but essential programs having staff stay home for a two week period.

The Jefferson County 509J school district will start delivering meals to students who are out of school until the end of April (at least).

On Sunday morning (3/29/20) the Oregon Health Authority reported 69 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 548, as of 8 a.m. today. No new deaths were reported. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Oregon remains at 13.  There are 3 cases of COVID-19 reported in Wasco county.  There are no cases reported in Jefferson County or on the Warm Springs Reservation.

3/26/20 11am

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs sent out an update to employees and Tribal Members that there has been a confirmed case of the CoronaVirus in Wasco County in The Dalles area.  The notification included this request “For our community members that do their shopping in The Dalles, we ask that you exercise cautious judgment and be aware of the potential of this virus and that its only carrier is by human contact.  If at all possible, please be mindful of the rest of the community and stay home.”

Currently there are not any cases of Corona Virus in Warm Springs or Jefferson County.  Five individuals in Warm Springs have been tested with 3 of those tests returning as negative and 2 tests pending results.  The Tribe’s with Indian Health Service have been sharing results as they come in daily

The Tribal Update reminded everyone that “the Tribal Council strongly encourages all community members to please stay home and only travel off the reservation to get essential supplies, such as groceries, medications, and health needs.  Please refrain from having contact with others and maintain social distancing.  Wash your hands, counters, tabletops and doorknobs.  If you don’t have to go out, please stay home.  Also be aware of Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-12 that she issued on March 23, 2020.”

We continue to share information across our KWSO social media sites on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.  It’s important to stay home to lower the risk for others. We’re in this together.

3/25/20

This of essential CTWS Tribal Operations for the 2 week shut down 3/30/20-4/10/20 is now available,  You can see it in this afternoon’s news post COVID-19 update.  We will add to it with additional information tomorrow.

Currently there are not any cases of Corona Virus in Warm Springs, Jefferson County and Wasco County.  5 individuals in Warm Springs have been tested with 3 of those tests returning as negative and 2 tests pending results.   As of yesterday morning (3/25/20) there are 266 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon.

The Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center is currently open and are operating the Warm Springs I.H.S. Clinic “COVID-19 Nurse Triage Hotline” at 541-553-5512.  If you have a cough, fever and shortness of breath, call the hotline to speak with a nurse who will assess your symptoms and make a recommendation for the best treatment.

For medical advice outside of Warm Springs I.H.S. regular hours – you can call the Registered Nurse Health Advice Hotline – 24 hours a day at 1-866-470-2015.

In order to support social distancing and follow recommended COVID-19 prevention measures, the Warm Springs Clinic is implementing new processes for checking in at the clinic.  All people arriving at the clinic will be stopped and screened by clinic staff.  If you are having fever, cough or breathing converns you will be directed to a medical assessment and treatment area.  If you are coming for pharmacy, lab, or not ill with fever, cough or breathing difficulty you will be sent to a separate area

THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD BE DOING

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others any time you are out
  • Go out only for essentials (groceries, medical care, work).
  • Exercise outside (hiking, biking) only if you can be 6 feet apart from others.
  • Have video and phone chats
  • Drop food off to neighbors who can’t go out.

DON’T

  • Gather in groups
  • Get together with friends (no drinks or dinners)
  • Have play dates for kids
  • Make unnecessary trips

Most Grocery Stores, Banks, Pharmacies, Gas Stations are open.  Many Restaurants are offering takeout or delivery only.

Today (3/25/20) – the Oregon Halth Authority shared information about Young People & Covid-19

 

3/24/20

CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF WARM SPRINGS OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MON., MAR. 30, 2020 – FRI., APR. 10, 2020 for all but essential programs.  Preparations are being made this week as most Tribal Offices are still operating, but many with restrictions or limited access.

Currently there are not any cases of Corona Virus in Warm Springs, Jefferson County and Wasco County.  5 individuals in Warm Springs have been tested with 2 of those tests returning as negative and 3 tests pending results.  Notification will be given to the community as those results come back.  One test was done in Deschutes County on a resident of Warm Springs with that test being returned as negative.

The Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center is currently open and are operating the Warm Springs I.H.S. Clinic “COVID-19 Nurse Triage Hotline” at 541-553-5512.  If you have a cough, fever and shortness of breath, call the hotline to speak with a nurse who will assess your symptoms and make a recommendation for the best treatment.

For medical advice outside of Warm Springs I.H.S. regular hours – you can call the Registered Nurse Health Advice Hotline – 24 hours a day at 1-866-470-2015.

The Health and Wellness Center will begin checking everybody’s temperature as they enter the building, as an additional screening.  That will take place in the tent set up outside near the main entrance.

The Pharmacy at the Health & Wellness Center wants you to know:  f you are an elder with no family or friend able to pick up your medicine OR if you are ill and have no family or friend able to pick up your medicine, you can set up a Medication Delivery by calling the MEDICATION DELIVERY LINE at 541-553-2352.  Please note – they cannot deliver Controlled Substances or Refrigerated Medications to your home.  To Set Up a Medication Delivery You Will Need To

  1. Call the MEDICATION DELIVERY LINE at 541-553-2352
  2. Speak to a CHR or leave a message for them
  3. You will need to provide

o   Name

o   Date of Birth

o   Phone Number

o   Delivery Address

o   Medication you are requesting

  1. Delivery Requests must be called in by 1 pm to be delivered that day

Community Health and IHS staff will deliver to each of the Warm Spring Community Areas on a daily basis each afternoon.

3/24/20 10am

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council sent out a letter to Tribal Membership to stay at home if at all possible.   The letter also included details of the closure of all Tribal campgrounds along with rivers and lakes, to non-residents.  Signage has been posted at those locations.

The Tribal Organization is working this week to prepare for a 2 week shutdown for all non-essential operations from March 30 – April 10, 2020 in an effort to futher curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

At this time – there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson or Wasco Counties, including on the Warm Springs Reservation.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a Stay at Home order for the state.  Guidance includes continuing with social distancing measures and avoiding unnecessary trips away from home.

STAY HOME. SAVE LIVES

 DO:

  • Stay home as much as possible (kids, too).
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others any time you are out
  • Go out only for essentials (groceries, medical care, work).
  • Exercise outside (hiking, biking) only if you can be 6 feet apart from others.
  • Have video and phone chats
  • Drop food off to neighbors who can’t go out.

DON’T

  • Gather in groups
  • Get together with friends (no drinks or dinners)
  • Have play dates for kids
  • Make unnecessary trips

OPEN

  • Grocery Stores
  • Banks
  • Pharmacies
  • Restaurants (takeout, delivery only)
  • Some other stores (stay 6 feet from others)
  • Gas Stations

CLOSED

  • Malls and retail complexes
  • Fitness, yoga and dance centers
  • Barbershops, hair and nail salons, spas, cosmetic stores, tattoo parlors
  • Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, skating rinks, museums
  • Concerts, sporting events, festivals
  • Campgrounds, pools, skate parks, playgrounds

 

03/20/20 4:30pm

Currently there are not any cases of Corona Virus in Warm Springs, Jefferson County and Wasco County.  4 individuals in Warm Springs have been tested with 2 of those tests returning as negative and two tests pending results.  In a statement from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs they say “we will notify the community when those results come back.  One test was done in Deschutes County on a resident of Warm Springs with that test being returned as negative.”

 

CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF WARM SPRINGS

The Tribal Organization is taking measures to deal with this health pandemic.  That means some of services may be reduced in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Everyone is asked to  please stay home and not go out into public where you risk your own health as well as those around you.

Additional measures that the Tribes are taking include preparatino in the upcoming week (3/23-3/27/20) to prepare for a Government closure effective on March 30th through April 10th.

The hope is this will contribute to limiting human contact as much as possible for employees and community members.  A list of essential services for this two week closure is being developed – with a focus on offering limited services to meet the needs of Tribal membership.

 

TRIBAL CREDIT ENTERPRISE

Warm Springs Tribal Credit as of March 20, 2020 closed operations to help with social distancing for the safety of the Community and Staff.  The Credit Enterprise will be able to provide Emergency Essential Services such as: Medical Emergency Loans, Funeral Loans under policy limits and loan process.  Day to day Business as far as personal loans, check cashing Notary Public, will discontinue Until April 6, 2020 or if COVID-19 condtions change  and under Board Decision.

Carlos Calica (541)460-8456 work cell phone will be available to provide essential services 24 hours 7 days a week via cell phone contact to distribute loan applications, log in loans applications, loan authority for Medical Emergency, Funerals, 24/7 Access for community members to have access to ATM via phone contact for deposit or withdraw of funds as WS Market is only other option to get cash.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

At the Warm Springs Health & Wellness Center ongoing procedures for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve.  Chief Executive Officer, Hyllis Dauphinais, reports that they are working through some trial practices to shift patient screenings to an outside tent.  They are also considering a curbside pharmacy drive-through for medications and a new protocol for staff  to be screened before work to ensure no one with a fever or illness enters the building.

Dauphinais also reported that additional testing kits have arrived and will be used as needed.  Supplies are stocked and adequate for the time being.  He also noted that some programs are operating on a limited basis.  Urgent care patients are being seen.  It’s best that you call the clinic ahead of arrival to make sure services are available.    You can call 541-553-2610.

If you have a cough, fever and shortness of breath, call the Warm Springs I.H.S. Clinic “COVID-19 Nurse Triage Hotline” at 541-553-5512 and you can speak to a nurse who will assess your symptoms and make a recommendation for the best treatment.  If you have those symptoms please DO NOT go to the clinic but rather call the “COVID-19 Nurse Triage Hotline” at 541-553-5512.

 

JEFFERSON COUNTY 509-J STUDENTS – DO YOU HAVE THE INTERNET AND A DEVICE?

Schools in Oregon are closed through April 28 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Jefferson County 509J school district has been working to develop a comprehensive program that will allow students to continue their educational experience throughout the closure.

If you have a student that does not have access to internet connectivity or a device to use, please let them know at: https://www.jcsd.k12.or.us/internet-access-and-device-survey/

03/19/20

Folks are getting used to the new normal and learning that its best to shop for toilet paper early in the morning, that some local stores are opening earlier to serve Senior Citizens only – to keep them from having to mix into a larger shopping crowd, and that the Jefferson County 509J school district is going to continue their breakfast and lunch meal program March 30th – April 28th.

As of this afternoon there are not any cases of Corona Virus in Warm Springs, Jefferson County or Wasco County.  3 individuals in Warm Springs have been tested with 2 of those tests returning as negative and one test pending results.

Oregon health authorities say 13 more people have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. That brings the state’s total to 88 cases. Three people have died. Tens of thousands of workers have been laid off. Small businesses have shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. Schools statewide are closed for six weeks and restaurants and bars can only offer carryout or take-out for four weeks.  The public is learning the term “social distancing,” finding ways to occupy kids out of school, and upping hand washing routines.

All seven of Oregon’s public universities say they won’t use face-to-face classroom instruction at all during the spring semester due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus outbreak.

On Monday Central Oregon Community College’s staff and faculty will largely shift to a teleworking structure. Despite the virtual workspace, the college says it is committed to ensuring that its resources – from tutoring center advice and student records access to admissions questions and research consultations with librarians – will continue to remain responsive to the needs of students and community members alike.  Access to COCC’s facilities will be restricted to faculty and staff only. The college is currently in its winter term final exam week, with most of the testing occurring online. The start of COCC’s spring term is set for April 6, a one-week delay from the originally scheduled date. There will be remote instruction only (with some exemptions related to health care-related programs) through at least April 28.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced today that she was not considering a shelter-in-place order yet.   Brown says she is encouraging Oregonians to adhere to the social distancing guidelines she’s requested — such as avoiding gatherings of more than 25 people.

She says the state is taking preparatory measures for a shelter-in-place order if one were to occur, including compiling a list of essential businesses that would remain open.

Brown says vulnerable populations such as elderly people or people with compromised immune systems should already be sheltering in place if they are able.

The 2020 Census office yesterday sent out a message to enumerators saying “Due to the Coronavirus, all census operations will be halted until further notice.”  So with human 2020 Census interactions on hold – everyone is reminded that they can still complete their census questionnaire online ay my 2020 census dot gov.  We have that link on our home page at kwso dot org.

To hear conversations about the COVID-19 Pandemic – you can check out today’s broadcast of OPB’s Think Out Loud  or check out NPR’s All Things Considered

 

Here is an update from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

COVID-19 Community Update March 18, 2020

Currently there are not any cases of Corona Virus in Warm Springs, Jefferson County and Wasco County.  3 individuals in Warm Springs have been tested with 2 of those tests returning as negative and one test pending results.  We will notify the community when those results come back.

In order to limit social gathering and to protect the health and welfare of our community, the Community Center, Senior Citizen Program and High Lookee Lodge are closed to the community.  The Indian Head Casino will be closing at 6:00p.m. effective March 18th and will remain closed for two weeks for deep cleaning and preventive measures.

The Senior Citizen Program will be offering limited services and you should contact the program direct if needed.

As of March 18, the Tribal Administration building is closed for fumigation and is expected to be back open for business on Thursday, March 19th.  The Family Resource Center is closed due to a building issue and the services offered from that building is being moved to other offices on Campus.  We will keep you notified of those changes.

The Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center is currently open and we ask that if you are sick to call into the clinic for screening and appointment setting.

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs values the health of all of our community and will continue to work diligently in keeping your welfare safe and to continue to offer services to the membership.  With this health pandemic, some of those services may be reduced and we ask for your patience and understanding in our efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy.

We continue to ask all of you to keep good hygiene practices by washing your hands frequently with soap and water and if that isn’t readily available to use hand sanitizer or hydrogen peroxide to wash your hands. Please wipe down your tabletops, counters, and doorknobs on a regular basis.  Through communication and our continued support of each other we can all remain safe and assured that everything is being done for the health and welfare of our reservation.

Please refrain from visiting the programs that are closed at the moment as they work through their deep cleaning.  This is for the safety for our community.  Thank you.

 

March 18, 2020

INDIAN HEAD CASINO VOLUNTARILY CLOSING TODAY, MARCH 18 6PM. PLATEAU TRAVEL PLAZA WILL REMAIN OPEN

INDIAN HEAD CASINO – Warm Springs, OR

We are currently going through an unprecedented period in our country and across the world, we have been working diligently to remain ahead of this quickly evolving situation. Our first priority is how this impacts the lives of our tribal members, valued employees, and our guests. Therefore, we have made the decision to voluntarily suspend operations at Indian Head Casino for 15 days, effective today, March 18th at 6pm.

Plateau Travel Plaza – Madras, OR

Plateau Travel Plaza’s Three Teepees Café will be serving to go orders only, order at 541-777-2826 and we will have your order ready for pick-up. Our Fuel service, propane, gaming room and retail operations will be available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have increased cleanliness protocols throughout the property, including the deployment of additional hand sanitizers.

Indian Head Casino Enterprises is committed to supporting all of our employees at Indian Head Casino and Plateau Travel Plaza during this difficult time.

As we progress through this rapidly developing situation, we will provide updates through email. Also, please keep an eye on our web site and Facebook page for additional announcements.

I am truly grateful for you, our guests, and our valued team members. Please take care of yourselves, each other and your families.

Jeffrey Carstensen CEO

 

 

March 17, 2020

 As of this afternoon – no one has been diagnosed with COVID-19 on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

Actions are being taken to implement social distancing in an effort to protect community members from contracting the virus. 

 

AP-OR–Virus Outbreak-Oregon

Mar 17, 2020 5:17PM (GMT 00:17)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Governor Kate Brown late Tuesday announced an extension of her previously announced school closure to combat the spread of coronavirus, saying now schools will be shuttered until at least April 28. Previously, Brown had told schools to close for two weeks. The number of known coronavirus cases in Oregon has risen by 18 to a total of 65. Also authorities in Multnomah County said they will be opening hundreds of new shelter beds in public buildings throughout Portland to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the homeless community.

 

State announces 18 new COVID-19 cases

Oregon now has a total of 65 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority announced 18 new cases of the novel coronavirus as of 10:30 a.m. today.

OHA is reporting 18 total new cases in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Linn (5), Marion (1), Multnomah (1) and Washington (7). Of the Linn County cases at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, four were previously reported by Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs in a media released last evening. These results came in after OHA updated its daily count. OHA updates it daily count on the website once a day.

 

Stay informed –

KWSO’s Community Calendar is updated throughout the day for local information about closures, restrictions, and other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We post morning news online with a focus on local information.  A daily COVID-19 update is also posted each late afternoon/evening.

  • Due to concern of the COVID-19 virus, the Warm Springs Senior Program will be closed to the public.  Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am – 1pm for senior citizens.  If you do not have a ride or caregiver to assist with picking up of a meal please call you’re your phone number and address.  Call 541-553-3313 Monday thru Friday 8-5.
  • High Lookee Lodge has put restrictions on ALL Visitors and non-essential health care personnel. For more information call 541-553-1182.
  • The Health & Wellness Center has limited entry into the facility to the main entrance where everyone should check in at patient registration.  Be prepared for a few questions about your current health – and they will give you some hand sanitizer to use.  This is to ensure everyone’s health & safety.
  • If you have a cough, fever and shortness of breath, call the Warm Springs I.H.S. Clinic “COVID-19 Nurse Triage Hotline” at 541-553-5512 and you can speak to a nurse who will assess your symptoms and make a recommendation for the best treatment.  If you have those symptoms please DO NOT go to the clinic but rather call the “COVID-19 Nurse Triage Hotline” at 541-553-5512.
  • For medical advice outside of Warm Springs I.H.S. regular hours – you can call the Registered Nurse Health Advice Hotline – 24 hours a day at 1-866-470-2015.

  • Governor Kate Brown has extended Oregon school closures to fight the spread of the COVID-9 virus until at least April 28th.
  •  The 509J school district is serving breakfast and lunch this week at their summer meal sites at the Warm Springs K thru 8 Academy, Madras High School, Bridges High School and Metolius Elementary.  Breakfast is 7:30-8:30 and lunch is served 11-11:45.  This is free for kids 1 – 18 years old.  This is a grab and go meal.  If you drive through – your kids must be in the car with you.
  • The Warm Springs Community Center will be closed until schools re-open.
  •  The Boys & Girls Club of Warm Springs is closed.
  • The Warm Springs Community Action Team including their AARP Tax Aide Site will be closed until at least the end of April.
  • Warm Springs Nation Little League has suspended activities.
  • Warm Springs Tribal Credit Enterprise is limiting access to their building with inside doors locked. Drive Thru is available for: Check Cashing, Bill Pay and Loan Application Drop Off. The ATM Room is open and blank applications will be placed in the ATM Lobby. For any questions, call 541-553-3201.
  • The Museum at Warm Springs will be closed to the public at least until April 1st.
  • All Prevention Program Community Activities are suspended until further notice.
  • Jefferson County offices have restricted access to the public. Employees and those people with an appointment will be allowed in the offices. For more information you can visit KWSO’s website at KWSO dot org for a list of services and their phone numbers to make an appointment.
  • The Bend Social Security Office is closed until further notice.  If you have a phone appointment, keep the phone appointment.  They are taking other calls on a day to day basis at this time.

 

The things you can do to protect from spreading the COVID-19 virus is to:

  • wash your hands frequently
  • cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • if you are sick, STAY HOME
  • Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions should consider staying home.

3/16/20 LOCAL INFORMATION

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Administration Building will restrict access to one entrance starting Tuesday March, 16, 2020.

The Warm Springs Community Center will be closed effective Wednesday, March 17, 2020. The building will remain closed as long as schools are closed.

The Warm Springs Senior Program will be closed effective Wednesday, March 17, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The senior meal program on Tuesdays and Thursdays will continue for those who have meals delivered.

Warm Springs Tribal Credit Enterprise has limited access to their building with inside doors locked until further notice. The lobby with the ATM machine will be open during business hours and the drive though can be used for check cashing, bill pay and for dropping off loan applications. To speak with your loan officer and schedule an appointment call 542-553-3201.

Jefferson County 509J schools are closed until April 1st at the earliest due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

509J is providing breakfast and lunch for youth ages 1-18 at their summer meal program sites. These are grab and go meals or drive through. Breakfast is 7:30-8:30am and Lunch is 11-11:45am at these locations:

  • Madras High School: Meals served at the entrance near the gym
  • Bridges High School: Meals served in the parking lot
  • Metolius: Meals served in the bus dropoff area
  • Warm Springs K-8: Meals served at the curb next to the bus dropoff

Children/Students must be present to get a meal.

Following the updated official recommendation from Jefferson County Public Health the Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District will be closed through April 1st, with public health reassessing at that time.

Gov. Kate Brown on Monday banned on-site consumption at bars and restaurants around the state for at least four weeks in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. She also said gatherings will be limited to 25 people or fewer. Brown said restaurants can still offer takeout or delivery. She also strongly urged small businesses to close and for individuals to avoid groups of 10 or more people. Portland hospitals announced they will work as one hospital system to fight the spread of the virus and plan to increase hospital-bed capacity as case numbers are expected to surge.

Indian Head Casino and the Plateau Travel Plaza are considering what they will be able to offer for food service.  Stay tuned.

3/13/20 LOCAL INFORMATION

Warm Springs Tribal Council met this afternoon (3/13/20) to consult with Indian Health Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In a unanimous vote Tribal Council approved a Declaration of Emergency to ensure the ability to access resources and personnel, as needed, to address the COVID-19 coronavirus on the Warm Springs Reservation.

“We took this action as the governing body for our people, with their health and well-being at the forefront of our concern” said Tribal Council chairman Raymond Tsumpti Sr.

Warm Springs Indian Health Service Chief Executive Officer, Hyllis Dauphiais Sr., indicated they would provide updates on any test results “to provide accurate information in a transparent manner for the community.

At this time there are no positive cases of COVID-19 in Warm Springs.

You can read the letter to membership HERE

 

Warm Springs Indian Health Services

Who can I call with questions if I think I might have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have a cough, fever or shortness of breath

You Should Call 553-5512 to speak to a nurse

BEFORE COMING TO CLINIC

This is a special COVID-19 Nurse Triage Line that is active Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

The nurse will:

  • help you decide the best treatment plan for your symptoms
  • arrange a nurse home visit if necessary
  • work with your provider for medications to treat your symptoms
  • give you information about the Coronavirus including:
  • Ways to manage your symptoms at home
  • How to keep you and your family healthy

The nurse may also do daily follow up calls with you to make sure you are getting better or help you get the care you need if you are not.

For Symptoms of Cough, Fever, or shortness of breath

Call 553-5512

For other medical needs and routine appointments please continue to call our

Regular Appointment Line at 541-553-2610

 

 

 211 for INFORMATION

If you have questions about the COVID-19 Coronavirus – you can pick up the phone and dial or text 211.  This connects you to a non-profit contact center in Oregon that can provide you with information about symptoms, prevention, transmission, treatment, travel health, animals/pets, and persons under investigation and/or monitoring.

To speak with a Community Information Specialist about Novel Coronavirus:

 

The Warm Springs clinic we are taking some new actions to help keep the community and staff safe

When coming to the clinic EVERYONE will need to come in at the Main Entrance.  You will be asked:

  • If you have a fever, cough, or any shortness of breath
  • If you do have these symptoms you will be asked other questions such as
    • In the 14 days before these symptoms started, did you have close contact with someone who has been told they have tested positive for COVID-19?
    • In the past 14 days before these symptoms started have you or a close contact traveled outside of the United States or to an area with an active community outbreak?
  • If you have cough, fever, or shortness of breath you will be given a mask to use for your clinic visit
  • We will also ask you to clean your hands with an instant santitzer

 

How many people in Oregon have COVID-19

The number of people testing positive changes daily

As of 3/12/2020 there were 437 people tested:

  • 24 Positive Cases throughout  11 of 28 counties in OREGON
  • 317 Negative Cases
  • 96 tests still pending
  • Of the 24 positive tests 15 people were over age 55; 7 were age 35-54, and

1 was under 24 and 1 was under 18

 

Who is at highest risk of getting COVID-19

Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults (more than half the cases in Oregon are adults over age 55)
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease
    • Cancer
    • Rheumatoid diseases
    • People who have had organ transplants
    • Any disease that affects the immune system

 

What is the treatment for COVID19?

  • There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19
  • Most people with COVID-19 can use basic home care to help relieve their symptoms

 

If you are sick with any respiratory infection, you should follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands OFTEN
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday (counters, doorknobs, sink handles, toilets, keyboards, tablets, phones
  • Monitor your symptoms – Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor

 

What is social distancing?

  • Social Distancing means keeping your distance from other people in order to keep from catching or spreading a virus.
  • This could mean leaving several feet of personal space between you and other people
  • Other types of social distancing are
    • Avoiding large gatherings of people
    • Avoiding crowded areas
    • Working from home if able
    • Having meetings by phone or internet instead of in person,
    • Consider cancelling large events.

 

What can be done to slow the spread of a virus like COVID-19

Some things being done in Oregon and other states with COVID-19 outbreaks are

  • Cancelling or postponing large gathering – events planned for over 250 people
  • Reschedule non-essential travel
  • Schools in our area are open but all gatherings like sports activities, field trips, group meetings are being cancelled or postponed
  • Hospitals and elder care facilities are strictly screening and limiting visitors
  • Follow preventive measure
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched
  • Avoid travel to areas with outbreaks
  • Avoid crowded areas and large groups
  • Stay home if you feel sick

 

Should I use a Facemask?

Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
  • Facemasks should be used by

 

Should I get tested for COVID-19

Not everyone who is sick needs to be tested

The decision to test is based on symptoms and risk factors for each patient.

Tests are performed by the provider’s order after evaluating the ill person

The clinic has supplies to collect samples for the test and then the sample is sent to an outside lab for testing

 

If someone is tested what do the results mean?

Negative test means COVID-19 was not found and the patient does not have coronavirus.

Two terms used by people who study outbreaks to learn more about who is getting sick and the symptoms they have are Presumptive positive and Confirmed Positive

* Presumptive positive case means the first test at the outside lab did find COVID-19. The sample is sent to the CDC so they can check to make sure it is positive. The person is considered to have coronavirus

* Confirmed positive case means the test done by the CDC was positive.

Presumptive and confirmed cases will be isolated at home.

  • They may be moved to a hospital if their symptoms become severe enough to require care at that level
  • When in home isolation elders and people at high risk should remain separated to avoid getting the virus
  • They may come out of isolation after the symptoms are gone for 72 hours

 

How does COVID-19 Spreads

According to the CDC The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person contact

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
  • The droplets can land on surfaces like counter tops and live there for hours to days
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes

 

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

 

What is IHS Doing?

We understand this is very worrisome for Native American Communities like Warm Springs.  “While any direct impacts of this outbreak to Indian Country are not yet known, we must be vigilant in our efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of infections among our patients and within the communities we serve.

In Warm Springs

The IHS Staff and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Health Programs will continue to work together and to follow our normal policies and procedures for prevention, evaluation and treatment of respiratory illnesses

  • We have set up a special COVID-19 NURSE TRIAGE line for anyone who has questions about their symptoms.    The NURSE TRIAGE line is 541-553-5512 and operational when clinic is open
  • People may call 211 with general questions regarding COVID-19
  • We are screening all patients who present to the clinic
  • We have infection prevention and infection control policies that we follow
  • We have ability to obtain samples and send for testing
  • If a patient comes under evaluation for COVID-19, IHS would coordinate with local, state, and/or tribal public health departments immediately

   

Warm Springs Community Health

Increased Testing in Central Oregon

As cases in Oregon increase you may here of more people being tested for COVID-19. All tests at the Warm Springs clinic require a provider’s order. The decision to test is based on symptoms and risk factors for each patient. The clinic has supplies to collect samples for the test. The sample is sent to an outside lab for testing. The results may take several days depending on when the sample is picked up for delivery to the lab. Results are sent to the clinic through an electronic notice.

 

What do the results mean?

Negative test means COVID-19 was not found and the patient does not have coronavirus.

*Presumptive positive case means the first test at the outside lab did find COVID-19. The sample is sent to the CDC so they can check to make sure it is positive. The patient has coronavirus.

*Confirmed positive case means the test done by the CDC was positive.

Presumptive and confirmed cases will be isolated at home. They may be moved to a hospital if their symptoms become severe enough to require care at that level.  They may come out of isolation after the symptoms are gone for 72 hours.

*These terms are used by people who study outbreaks to learn more about who is getting sick and the symptoms they have.

 

Who is High Risk?

People who are at high risk for more severe disease are:

  • People who are 60 years and older
  • People with underlying health issues: heart conditions, diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid conditions, etc

 

If you are high risk, please consider if going to large gatherings or places with a lot of people is a good idea for you. 

 

What Can I do?

There are ways to decrease your chances of being exposed to the virus:

  • Assess your need to travel to areas with positive cases
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch

If you have questions please call 211 for general COVID-19 information, or the Warm Springs nursing triage line at 541-553-5512 M-F, 8am-5pm to speak to a nurse