Government Offices Reopen to Public

Leadership of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Government Offices have moved to reopen campus to Tribal members and the general public beginning the week of October 18, 2021.

This marks the end of the second closure of the Tribal Government offices during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Under the most recent closure, offices have been closed since August 13, a nine-week closure that reshuffled the operations of all departments and the Tribal members whom they serve on a daily basis. The closure was enacted as an emergency measure to protect the Cow Creek Tribal membership and employees from illness as the highly contagious Delta variant quickly overran Douglas County and Southern Oregon.

In order to implement a reopening while considering current levels of community infections, Tribal CEO Michael Rondeau conveyed there are still some crucial COVID-19 protocols that will remain in place for the near future:

  • Masks will continue to be required of all employees, vendors and visitors to the campus, regardless of vaccination status
  • In-person meetings are permitted, though large gatherings should be limited and discussed with a manager or supervisor prior to scheduling (online or conference call meetings are still considered best practices)
  • Continue to abide by best management practices for managing the spread of COVID-19 (social distancing when possible, hand washing, stay home if you’re experiencing cold/flu symptoms)

During this most recent closure, a number of benefits to Tribal members, including classes and activities, have been cancelled. With the winter cold and flu season approaching, it is possible some of those cancellations may continue, though some may also slowly begin to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience as the details of these events are worked out.

The Cow Creek Public Health Department continues to offer FREE COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 18-years and older, Monday through Friday. Visit the Public Health page of our website to learn how to get vaccinated today.