Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Yesterday, the Colville Business Council took emergency action to restrict public gatherings on the Colville Indian Reservation in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 onto the reservation.
A press release from the CBC reads, “Gatherings of ten or more people in public places are prohibited immediately until further notice. Public congregation is prohibited for purposes of entertainment, recreation, food or beverage service, or similar non-essential activities. Camping is also specifically prohibited, whether in a designated camping area or in an informal location.”
Also yesterday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced, “Stay home, stay healthy” order across the state.
The governor’s orders:
Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
Close all businesses except essential businesses.
Previous to his announcement, Inslee consulted with tribes, recognizing tribal sovereignty but requesting tribal governments to participate with the state in the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Colville Tribal EOC continues to communicate prevention techniques with the Colville tribal membership and other community members around the reservation, asking all to stay home unless absolutely necessary.
Colville Tribal EOC also continues to work with local medical providers in preparation for potential cases of COVID-19, including setting up 24-hour walk up yurts at EMS Stations in Inchelium and Keller. These stations are for emergency response and do not test individually for COVID-19.
Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 on the Colville Reservation, in Ferry County or Okanogan County.
For emergency, please call 9-1-1.
The Colville Tribal EOC can be reached at 509-634-7350;
or the Washington Department of Health Hotline is 1-800-525-0127.