CTWS COVID-19 Update for March 24, 2020 5pm

Today’s Tribal Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic included an update on testing.

“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.  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.

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.”

“The Warm Springs Public Health department is in close contact with Jefferson County Public Health and are sharing information and ensuring continuity of care.  Warm Springs Public Health nurses and CHR’s will still be providing services during the Government closure.

The Tribal Government is gearing up for closure from March 30, 2020 through April 12, 2020.  We will continue to state that 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 limited services to the membership during this closure.”

You can read or download the PDF version of today’s update HERE


Also today the Tribal Government released information about what programs would be shut down and what limited operations would be active along with other essential services.

In a memo to the Tribal Membership and CTWS Employees, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO Michele Stacona shared this outline:

The following services will be in effect during the Tribal government closure March 30, 2020 to April 10, 2020. These are subject to change.

Secretary-Treasurer/CEO: 8 am – 4 pm M-F.  Access to public is closed. Available by email: michele.stacona@wstribes.org

Human Resources: Available by email.  Please contact cheryl.tom@wstribes.org or caroI.funk@wstribes.org

Finance: Staggered hours . Access to public is closed.  Available by email contact alfred.estimo@wstribes.org or dennis.johnson@wstribes.org

Managed Care Program: Available by email, concentrating on IHS referrals only. contact michael.collins@wstribes.org

Procurement : Available by email. Emergency requests only.  Please contact libby.chase@wstribes.org, dawn.smith@wstribes.org , or raymond.shike@wstribes.org

Administration Services: Vital stats available for funeral grants by calling dispatch 541-553-1171. Minor Trust letters will be accepted by appointment or can be emailed to michele.stacona@wstribes.org .

Please call 541-553-3232for an appointment.

  • Appeals Court, Probate, Records Center closed.
  • Mail & Reception available Monday & Thursday 9 am – 1 pm. Access to public closed.
  • Legal Aid available for Bail/Bond hearings only (a.m.) Office will take calls only 8 am to 3pm (541) 553-2212.

Tribal Court: Available only for: daily court hearings for new arrests, Restraining Orders, and Emergency Child Neglect Cases.  Please contact eliah.sorrelhorse@wstribes.org



Warm Springs Police and Fire & Safety Departments – operations as usual

Prosecution available only for: new arrests, bail bonds and preliminary hearings. All other offices closed.

Acting GM Public Safety contact nancy.seyler@wstribes.org, Phone (541) 553-3300



Water & Wastewater – Water Crew hours 7:00 am – 3:30 pm M-F Wastewater Crew 8:00 am – 4:30 pm M-F

Water Treatment Plant –  Sunday 10 am – 7 pm, Monday-Wednesday 8 am – 4 pm, Thurs.-Friday 8 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 7 pm. Contact Chico Holliday 541-460-2707 or On-call personnel at 541-777-1335

 Building Maintenance – Sunday – Wed., 6am – 5pm; Lead person, Alvis (541) 325-6745 Wed. – Saturday, 6am – 5pm; Lead person Tammi (541) 588-0619

Janitorial – Mon. –  Friday, 8 am – 5 pm;  contact Solomon  (541) 460-0267 M on . – Friday, 3 pm – 11 pm; contact Solomon (541) 460-0267

Environmental Health & Sanitation – Normal hours. Includes trash pick-up.

Health & Wellness Center Facilities Management (IHS Clinic) – Normal hours.

Administration – Available by phone or email. (541) 553-3246 or sandra .greene@wstrib es.org. Access to public is closed.

GM Public Utilities – Travis Wells, telework, Phone (541) 460-1262, travis.wells@wstribes.org



Timber Harvest Monitoring and Accounting – Available by email contact Vernon Wolf; vernon.wolf@ctwsbrnr.org Phone 541-553-8227

Wildland Fire – Office closed. On-call.

Tree Planting – Available by email contact Vernon Wolf; Vernon.wolf@ctwsbrnr.org Phone 541-553-8227

Hatchery Operations – Available by email contact Brad Houslet; brad.houslet@ctwsbnr.org Phone 541-553-2014

Enforcement – Available by phone or email contact Doug Calvin. doug.calvin@ctwsbnr.org Phone 541-553-2043; Oswald Tias, oswald.tias@ctwsbnr.org Phone 541-553-2033

Farm Operations – Available by phone or email contact Zane Wilson, zane.wilson @ctwsbnr.org Phone 541-553-2047

Ceremonial Fishing Monitoring – Available by phone or email contact Mark Manion, mark.manion@ctwsbnr.org Phone 541-553-2042

Cultural Resources, Fisheries, GIS, Natural Resource Planning, Range & Ag, Water & Soils offices closed.

GM Natural Resources – Contact robert.brunoe@ctwsbnr.org, Phone 541-553-2015, M-F 8 am – 5 pm, Access to public is closed.



Senior Program – Food Delivery Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m .

 Warming Shelter – Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Open till April 10, 2020

 Community Health Program – Normal operations@ IHS.

CPS – Emergency placement only.

Community Health Resource Center – On call only. (503) 510-8270, (541) 553- 1705

Behavioral Health Services (Community Counseling Center) – On call for crisis. Call Dispatch 553-1171.

KWSO/Spilyay Tymoo – Limited services.  Will continue to broadcast usual programming 24/7 including important updates/information.  If you have information to share please email: kwso@wstribes.org

Community Wellness Center – On call only. (503) 510-8270, (541) 553-1705

Tribal Social Services – Open 8 am to noon. Contact 541-553-3415. Commodities, by appointment only, by calling 541-553-3579.

Prevention – On call only. (503) 510-8270, (541) 553-1705

 GM Health & Human Services – Contact caroline.cruz@wstribes.org (503) 510- 8270, (541) 553-1705, Teleworking M-F.



Early Childhood Center – Limited daycare services will be provided during this time for essential employees of Public Safety, Public Utilities, Indian Health Services and some Tribal Enterprises/Government. No visitors are allowed. Access to parents only. All people entering building must sanitize or wash their hands.

All other Education offices closed.

GM Education – contact valerie.switzler@wstribes.org; Phone (541) 553-1543, M-F 8 am – 5 pm. Access to public is closed.


HIGH LOOKEE LODGE:  Normal operations. No visitors allowed. Contact Jolene Greene; jolene.greene@wsrtibes.org , Phone 541-553-1182


OFFICE OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS: Working remotely. Will respond to calls and work orders. Director of OIS, Todd Stum contact todd.stum@ wstribes.org , Phone 541-553-3275


TERO Program: Available by email or phone. TERO clients can complete a “skills survey” online at www.WSTERO.com. Completed skills surveys can be emailed to wendell.jim@wstribes.org or mary.emhoolah@wstribes.org.  TERO clients may call the cell phones provided to check-in and request to be referred/dispatched to ODOT Construction projects. Mary Emhoolah 541-675-5394 or Wendell Jim 541-675-5477.


THREE WARRIORS MARKET: Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. + Saturday/Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


GAMING REGULATORY: Gaming Commission office closed.  Surveillance operating on staggered shifts. Contact Josephine Johnson; Josephine.johnson@wstribes.org




BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS: Available by phone only. Access to public is closed.  Floy (Lori) Anderson, Superintendent (541) 553-2437.   Denys Schjoll, Secretary (541) 553-2411.  Regen (Tobi) Smith-Morales, Realty Specialist (541) 553-2420.   Angela Tohet, Social Services Rep (541) 553-2441