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COVID-19 Resource Guide

for Columbia River Fishing Access Site Residents and Tribal Fishers

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation is constantly changing. This page will be updated as new information, actions, and recommendations are released. Last update: Friday, March 27, 2020 at 3:35am.

The CRITFC newsletter Meycúukwe (Morning News) now includes a daily collection of COVID-19 news articles focusing on the virus’ effect on tribes and fisheries. Click here to subscribe.

“Elders are our most precious connection to the past and our culture. We honor them and protect them from harm. The elderly are the most vulnerable to complications and death due to the coronavirus. Please think of our elders and other at-risk community members by taking all recommended precautions. The tribes are working hard to keep our people safe, but it will take all of us working together to get through this threat.”

— Jeremy Red Star Wolf, CRITFC Chairman


Like everyone else, tribes and tribal members throughout the Columbia Basin are being severely impacted by the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The virus is easily spread from close interaction with infected individuals and is a serious health risk for elders and those with underlying health issues. Tribal, state, and federal governments have ordered business closures and “social distancing” measures in an attempt to slow the spread.

There are unique circumstances and risks for tribal fishers and residents at the fishing access sites that could increase the threat of spread and getting appropriate health care. The tribes, CRITFC, and local authorities are working to help address these issues, including focusing site maintenance and sanitization efforts on sites currently in use and coordinating with the four member tribes’ tribal health authorities.

If we can all work together to help slow down the spread of the virus, healthcare providers will be able to handle all those who require medical attention. This benefits everyone, but especially our elders.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:


Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer.


Maintain a 3- to 6-foot distance when in contact with people outside of your household.


Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.


Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.


Stay home, especially if you are in a high-risk group or if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.


Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 information and hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.


COVID-19 Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

Content provided by the World Health Organization (WHO): The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

The CDC has a Frequently Asked Questions page here.

What Do I Do If I Suspect I Have COVID-19?

What Do I Do If I Suspect I Have COVID-19?

If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider first for screening (or 911 if in the midst of a medical emergency). As testing ramps up, there may be emerging opportunities to drive to commercial labs or a testing location, but for now, a referral from a doctor or healthcare provider is required before getting access to a test.

Tribal and Regional Healthcare Providers

Tribal Healthcare Facilities


Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
(541) 966-9830
*Tribal member must have a history with the clinic. The clinic is currently working with a skeleton crew and cannot enroll new patients at this time.


Yakama IHS Clinic
(509) 865-2101 (reception)
After-hours (after 5pm) Advice Line 1-866-470-2015

Nez Perce

Nimiipuu Health
(208) 843-2271 x2843
*Tribal members will be directed to the on-duty triage nurse to discuss symptoms and receive advice/recommendations

Warm Springs

Warm Springs IHS Clinic
COVID-19 Nurse Triage Hotline (541) 553-5512


Other Columbia Gorge Health Resources

For tribal members who have limited access to reservation-based medical resources can seek help from these local healthcare providers. Contact your tribe’s Indian Health Service facility for further information on contract health to these facilities.
(This is not a complete list):

Hood River County Community Health Providers

  • Columbia Gorge Family Medicine
    (541) 386-5070
  • One Community Health-Hood River
    (541) 386-6380

Wasco County Community Health Providers

  • One Community Health- The Dalles
    (541) 296-4610
  • MCMC Family Medicine
    (541) 296-9151

Klickitat County Community Health Providers

  • Northshore Medical Group – White Salmon
    (541) 493-2133
  • Klickitat Valley Health Family Medicine – Goldendale
    (509) 773-4017

Skamania County Community Health Providers

  • North Shore Medical Group – Stevenson
    (509) 427-4212


Stay-at-Home Orders and Resources

Tribal Stay at Home Resolutions

Tribal Stay at Home Resolutions

It may feel like an overreaction, but each one of us has an important role to play to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading. The most important thing we can do to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading, is to stay home, even if you don’t feel sick or think you are at risk. People can look completely normal and feel healthy, and unknowingly spread the virus to others. By staying home, you will protect those who are most vulnerable in our communities, including elders and those with asthma and diabetes. 

As of 1:00pm Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Yakama Nation and Umatilla Tribes have issued stay at home resolutions. These orders allow travel for essentials including grocery stores, pharmacies, and healthcare providers. They both allow the exercise of treaty-reserved hunting, fishing, and gathering activities for subsistence and ceremonial purposes as long as the activity maintains appropriate social distances of six feet or more between individuals.

The Yakama Nation order prohibits longhouse and church gatherings with the exception of funerals.

The Umatilla order also allows its tribal members to “go outside for outdoor recreational activities (walking, hiking, etc.) but must limit those activities to non-contact, and are prohibited from engaging in these activities if it is not possible to maintain appropriate social distances of six feet or more between individuals.

Treaty Fishing Access Site Closure List

Treaty Fishing Access Site Closure List

Due to the National State of Emergency regarding the COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic, the CRITFC Commissioners from the four member tribes recommended to the BIA (click here to see request letter) to close 13 of the upper river Treaty Fishing Access Sites until May 1, 2020. This was done to help ensure the health and safety of the tribal members living and working on and at the In-lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites.

The closed sites are all the Treaty Fishing Access Sites above John Day Dam:

  • Alder Creek TFAS
  • Alderdale TFAS
  • Crow Butte TFAS
  • Faller Road TFAS
  • Goodnoe TFAS
  • LePage TFAS
  • Moonay TFAS
  • North Shore TFAS
  • Pasture Point TFAS
  • Pine Creek TFAS
  • Rock Creek TFAS
  • Roosevelt TFAS
  • Three Mile Canyon TFAS

The following sites remain OPEN, which includes all In-lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites below John Day Dam:

  • Cascade Locks In-lieu
  • Celilo TFAS
  • Cooks In-lieu
  • Dallesport TFAS
  • Lone Pine In-lieu
  • Lyle TFAS
  • Maryhill TFAS
  • North Bonneville TFAS
  • Preachers Eddy TFAS
  • Rufus TFAS
  • Stanley Rock TFA
  • Underwood In-lieu
  • White Salmon TFAS
  • Wind River In-lieu
  • Wyeth TFAS
Tribal Elder Prescription Medication Delivery

Beginning March 28, 2020 through April 26, 2020 or upon termination of stay at home orders by the states or tribes, CRITFC Enforcement will be conducting a pick-up and delivery of prescription medication effort for at-risk tribal members along the Columbia Rive Zone 6 corridor.


  • Tribal member age 60 or older or a medically vulnerable dependent, of any age, of a tribal caregiver.
  • Reside in a Columbia River Zone 6 corridor city, In-lieu Site, or Treaty Fishing Access Site.

How to participate

  1. Contact your pharmacy and order the prescription; be sure to ask pharmacy for a phone consultation from the Pharmacist as prescriptions cannot be released to officers if the patient has not had this Pharmacist consultation.
  2. Contact the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Enforcement Department between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 541-386-6363 and provide patient’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, the prescription being requested, and the name of the pharmacy to the Dispatcher.
  3. When it is ready, pre-pay the pharmacy for the prescription over the phone; the prescription CANNOT be picked up if it has not been paid for.
  4. Advise the pharmacy that the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Police Department will be picking up the prescription.
  5. Have a valid identification available when the officer arrives at the patient’s residence.

Advisement to Residents

In order for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Police Department to effectively administer this program we are asking that only those who are known to be vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19 by being over 60 years of age or having a life threatening pre-existing medical condition utilize this service. Officers will always be in approved Columbia River Inter-Tribal Enforcement Department attire with identification and will utilize personal protective equipment and maintain social distancing for all deliveries. All medications will be delivered in sealed and obscured packaging to protect your privacy .

By providing the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Enforcement Department with personal and pharmaceutical information, you are voluntarily choosing to do so for the purpose of requesting the pick up and delivery service by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Enforcement Department and have given your voluntary waiver of information in accordance with HIPAA regulations. Your medical privacy will be kept confidential.

Food and Groceries

Food and Groceries

With guidelines encouraging elders and other at-risk individuals to stay away from others as well as people being out of work, getting groceries can be difficult. If you are not an elder or at-risk, please keep those community members in mind by communicating with them and making sure they have sufficient food and medications.

Columbia Gorge Food Bank

The Columbia Gorge Food Bank has adapted its services to increase social distancing. Click here for the March 23-28 schedule for updated daily food assistance locations and times. Please note that all food assistance sites are taking increased measures to protect public health.

Elders Only Grocery Hours

The following Hood River-area grocery stores now have special hours where they are only open for seniors and at-risk customers including pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems

  • Rosauers (12th Street, Hood River Heights)
    Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7am to 9am
  • Safeway (Columbia Street, Hood River
    Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7am to 9am
  • Fred Meyer in the Dalles (1215 West 6th St, The Dalles)
    Fred Meyer offers online grocery shopping. They will prepare your order and have it ready pick up right in the parking lot for a $4.95 fee. Call (541) 296-1700 if you have questions.

School Lunch Distribution

  • Arlington School DistrictFull announcement
    District will provide grab-and-go meals (breakfast and lunch) to students during this closure. Meals can be picked up at 9:00am Monday through Thursday (Mon 3/16-Thur 3/19, Mon 3/23- Thur 3/26, Mon 3/30-3/31) at the front door of the Arlington Elementary School Building.
  • Sherman County School District | Full announcement
    Delivering sack lunches to each of the five communities it serves. The days of delivery will be on March 17, 18, 19, 20, 30, and 31. Locations and times are:
    • Kent – Baptist Church Parking Lot – 12:30 p.m.
    • Grass Valley – Baptist Church Parking Lot – 11:30 a.m.
    • Moro – Front Courthouse Parking Lot -12:00 p.m.
    • Wasco – Train Depot – 12:00 p.m.
    • Rufus – In front of Rufus Community Center – 12:00 p.m.
  • Hood River School District | Full announcement
    Meals will be available March 16-20 and March 30-31 (no meals during Spring Break March 23-27). Breakfast and lunch will be available between 8:00 am to noon. Meals will be served as a grab-and-go option; there will be no dining inside the schools:
    • Cascade Locks Elementary School – Pickup outside main entrance
    • Hood River Valley High School – Pickup outside east entrance of cafeteria
    • May Street Elementary School – Pickup outside main entrance
    • Mid Valley Elementary School – Pickup outside west entrance of cafeteria
    • Parkdale Elementary School – Pickup outside main entrance

COVID19 and Fisheries

The COVID19 pandemic has severely impacted seafood markets all over the world. With restaurants closed and export markets shut down, the demand (and market price) of fish has gone down significantly. Below are some links and resources to help answer questions commercial fishers might have, as well as extra precautions and steps to take to ensure the safety of your catch.

Below are links to resources. New sites will be added as they are made available:

Additional Resources

CRITFC Public Affairs.

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