COVID-19 Resources & Updates

April 29, 2020

Get vaccine information, updates on services, and other resources at the link above.

CTSI-Community Message

Effective September 1st, 2022, offices have reopened to the public with several COVID-19 safety protocols in place. You can read more about our re-opening here. Many services are still available virtually- you can call or email the program or department to find out what options are available. For information about services at the Siletz Community Health Clinic, vaccines, and COVID testing please visit the SCHC COVID-19 Information page for the latest updates.

To access these services, please call:

  • Siletz Community Health Clinic: 541-444-1030
  • Siletz Tribal Housing: 541-444-8322. Payments can be mailed or put in the Drop Box
  • 477-SSP: 541-444-8247
  • USDA Food Program: 541-444-8393
  • Human Resources: 541-444-8274
  • Indian Child Welfare (ICW): 541-444-8272
  • Natural Resources: 541-444-8232
  • Enrollment: 541-444-8258
  • Elders: 541-444-8220
  • Eugene Area Office – Phone- 541-484-4234
  • Portland Area Office -Phone-503-238-1512
  • Salem Area Office -Phone-503-390-9494

For accurate, up to date information about COVID-19 please dial 211.

It is important to understand that this virus is in the community.  It is vitally important to stay home as much as possible, physically distance, wear a face covering to protect others when unable to physically distance, and wash hands and sanitize surfaces frequently.

More information can be found at:;  – OR –  through the Call Center at 541-265-0621, email:

The Lincoln County Call Center is open weekdays from 9 AM – 4:30 PM  You will be asked to leave a call back number and they will return your call within 15 minutes.  This is to allow volunteers to work remotely.  Your call back may come from a “private number”.

Cancelations & Notices

Siletz Community Members

This is a friendly reminder that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all outdoor recreational areas in Siletz are closed.

This includes playgrounds, basketball courts, parks and other community spaces.

Please continue to practice social distancing for your safety and the safety of our community. Thank you.

View the #StayHome PSA made by the Siletz Community.

Resources for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tribal & Community Members

Below are links to access government assistance programs and information on resources during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

We will continue to monitor and share information that is beneficial to our tribal and community members as it becomes available.

Siletz Clinic Covid Resource Line


Covid Home Test Kits and Masks available to those who do not actively have Covid.

There are additional resources for those who test positive for Covid.

Services are dependent on availability for Siletz Tribal members, Siletz Clinic patients, and Siletz community members.

Siletz Area Offices have Covid Home Test Kits and masks available to Siletz members and their families.

State Resources

DHS will continue to work with federal partners to provide greater assistance to Oregonians in need. To apply for Nutrition Assistance, visit or call 2-1-1.

State Resource Hub

Visit the Safe and Strong website to find a variety of resources in Oregon.

OHA Positive COVID Test Website

OHA has created an online resource for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

Rent Help

The Legislature has allocated over $40 million to help individuals who are struggling to pay rent due to the financial impact of COVID-19. Funds are distributed by local community action partners (CAP). You can learn more about eligibility by calling 211 or visiting to find the nearest CAP.

The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program is also reopening application on January 26th, 2022.

Utilities Help

Your local CAP may also be able to help. Please see: Many utility companies are waiving late fees, suspending disconnections, and making payment plans available. Please see for information about what your specific gas, electricity, internet, or telephone company may offer.

Mortgage Help

The Oregon Legislature has released $30 million in mortgage assistance. If you need or anticipate needing mortgage assistance, please sign up for Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) updates at  You can also contact OHCS at (503) 986-2000. You may also be eligible for foreclosure protection through September 30th under legislation passed by the Oregon Legislature.

Additional Assistance

Dial 2-1-1 or visit for additional information about COVID-19 test sites, eviction and foreclosure prevention information, how to access free food services, and more.

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Ordered Through USPS

Residential households in the U.S. can order free at-home tests from USPS.

Visit the USPS website to fill out the form to order your tests.

Tribal Resources


The CARES Act funded COVID-19 Emergency Rent, Mortgage, and Energy Relief Assistance programs have ended. For low-income households, mortgage, rent, and energy assistance will still be available through the STHD. Please visit the Housing page for more information.

Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Pilot Program

The Siletz Tribal Housing Department is pleased to announce the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Pilot Program.  The purpose of the HAF Pilot Program is to mitigate financial hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic by providing funds to prevent homeowner mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacements of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after January 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the HAF Pilot Program page for more information and an application.

COVID-19 Childcare Assistance

View the Childcare page under the Education section for information about childcare assistance.

CTSI Childcare Assistance Program Stabilization Grant Application

The CTSI Childcare Assistance Program has funds available under the Coronavirus Relief and Response Act (CRRSA) and the American Rescue Plan Act(ARPA) to support Child Care Providers who face challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to stabilize the child care sector in a way that rebuilds a stronger childcare system that supports the developmental and learning needs of children, meets parent’s needs and preferences with equal access to high-quality child care, and supports a professionalized workforce that is fairly and appropriately compensated for the essential skilled work that they do.

More information and the application can be found here.

Local Newsletters and Newspaper

Please be sure to read your local newsletter and Siletz News monthly for other programming and resources.

Digital copies can be found under News & Events.


PGE COVID-19 Bill Assistance

PGE is offering support to their customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes:

  • Allowing requests for more time to pay; and
  • Options to change billing due dates; and
  • Payment plan options; and
  • Energy assistance to qualified individuals.

Contact PGE

Customer Service
503-228-6322 or 800-542-8818
Monday-Friday from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
To see if you qualify for assistance, visit

Get up-to-date information about PGE’s coronavirus response, visit
For tips on how to conserve energy, visit

Lincoln County Now Distributing Masks for Businesses

Lincoln County has masks available if you need face coverings for your workforce, their family members and the clients, customers you serve.

For more information and to fill out an application, visit the link below.

Face Coverings Distribution to Public Flyer

New Oregon Employment Department (OED) Informational Website Launched

The new website can be viewed here:

For Small Business Owners and the Self-Employed

The federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to aid families and small businesses during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Watch this video to learn more about how the CARES Act can help you as a small business owner or if you’re self-employed.

Staying Active During Quarantine

FitnessOnDemand is available for Tribal member use, so you can stay active while social distancing. View this flyer to learn more about the program and who to contact to access this service.

The FCC’s Lifeline Program

Individuals who have recently become eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid are also eligible for the FCC’s Lifeline program. Visit this link for more information.

Legal Aid Benefits Hotline Available for Tribal Members

Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center, civil legal service provides for low-income Oregonians operate a Public Benefits Hotline, where low-income Oregonians can talk to lawyers and paralegals for advice on public benefits including Unemployment Benefits.

Hours of operation are limited Monday – Thursday. More information about legal aid can be found at Oregon Law Help.



For those trying to contact the Oregon Employment Department, email is the best way as phone call wait times are averaging over 100 minutes. Anyone with claim status questions should reach out to

If you were denied a claim because you said you were not looking for work at this time, the department has made a fix for that. Continue to file weekly claims. If you were denied because you were self-employed or a 1099 contract worker, please visit the PUC links below.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUC) Information (Oregon)

PUC Application Webpage

For Tribal Members Having Trouble Contacting OED

If you are having trouble getting through to OED regarding their unemployment insurance claims, please contact both David ( and Teresa Rainey ( at the department.  They will get you routed to the right place to get those claims resolved.  If possible, when you contact David and Teresa please include the following information, which will help OED troubleshoot the issue:

  • Your full name
  • Customer ID (CID) number if you have it (the format is XX.XXX-XXX-XXX)
  • If you do not have or know your CID, then your address and last four digits of your social security number
  • Good telephone contact number
  • A brief description of what the issue seems to be is useful

Lincoln County Testing Sites and Prescription Delivery Information

Emergency Hotel Program

“CHANCE has secured some funding from CSC for motel sheltering for medically fragile homeless individuals during this pandemic. Providers working with the client should be making the referrals to CHANCE 541-791-3411 (follow prompts for locations Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City, and Newport) or Homeless clients should NOT call CHANCE directly. If they do, CHANCE will advise them to get a referral from a health care provider or homeless advocate. CSC will not take referrals from anyone for these motels—CHANCE is the point of contact.”

Please read the Emergency Hotel Program for more information and eligibility requirements.

Mental Health Services

If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, anxiety or depression and need to speak with someone or learn what you can do to combat these feelings, use one of the resources below:

  • For Emotional Distress assistance, not related to suicidality, please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “Talkwithus” to 66746.
  • The Oregon Behavioral Health Support Line is a free and confidential resource for all Oregonians who are looking for emotional support. Call 1-800-923-HELP (4357). You do not need to be in a mental health crisis to call this line.
  • OHA Crisis Services by County
  • For concerns with suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
  • Text “TALK” to 741741 to connect with the Crisis Textline
  • For Two Spirit LGBTQ+ crises call The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386, or text START to 678678, or check out
  • County Crisis Lines or 2-11 in some areas
  • We R Native
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak webpage:

Other Resources

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Information for Employees About Recent COVID-19 Policy Change

The Siletz Tribal Council adopted a vaccination for COVID 19 policy for our employees. If you have questions about the vaccinations;  you should consult with your health care provider.  Also, information on the vaccinations is available on the  Lincoln County Public Health Department webpage: and the CDC:

HIPAA Related Questions

  • As an employer, the Tribe can ask an employee to provide proof that they have been vaccinated so that they are not subject to weekly testing- that is not a HIPAA violation.  Vaccination information is classed as PHI and is covered by the HIPAA Rules. However, HIPAA only applies to HIPAA-covered entities – healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses – and their business associates.  The Tribe as your employer is not a HIPAA covered entity. It is also not a HIPPA violation to ask for proof of vaccination.
  • HIPAA was created primarily to modernize the flow of healthcare information, stipulate how personally identifiable information maintained by the healthcare and healthcare insurance industries should be protected from fraud and theft, and address limitations on healthcare insurance coverage. Personal details such as whether or not an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19 comes within the “provision of care” classification of health information that should be protected when it can be combined with other personal details (i.e., name, social security number, etc.) that can identify the individual. Protected health information is commonly referred to as PHI.
  • The HIPAA Privacy Rule limits uses and disclosures of individuals’ PHI to uses and disclosures required for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations. Other uses and disclosures generally require consent to be provided by the individual in writing. However, HIPAA only applies to certain organizations and businesses.

Testing & Vaccine Information

Did You Know: The FDA has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine:

Vaccine Policy Update

On November 17th, 2021, the Tribal Council enacted changes to the Vaccine Policy that will effect Tribal employees.  The new policy applies to all entities of the Tribe (see attached).  The big changes are as follows:

  • All employees must receive either the one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine or the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine by December 6, 2021 and the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine by January 4, 2021.
  • The only exception will be for employees who have an approved medical exemption.  The medical exemption will only be granted if confirmed in writing by a licensed Medical Provider that the person has a life-threatening allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the approved vaccinations.
  • The option to get tested weekly instead of getting vaccinated no longer exists except for those who receive a medical exemption as described above.

Thank you for continuing to work together to keep everyone safe.

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