- By Native News Online Staff
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Tuesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 160 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and five more deaths. The total number of deaths is now 727 as of Tuesday. Reports indicate that 10,726 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and 185,366 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 19,929, including three delayed reported cases.
Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:
- Chinle Service Unit: 3,850
- Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,114
- Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 2,130
- Gallup Service Unit: 3,288
- Kayenta Service Unit: 1,951
- Shiprock Service Unit: 3,294
- Tuba City Service Unit: 2,072
- Winslow Service Unit: 1,209
* 21 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.
On Tuesday, the state of Arizona reported 4,134 new cases, Utah reported 1,915, and New Mexico reported 1,275 new cases. The Navajo Department of Health identified the following 77 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 from Nov. 27 to Dec. 10, 2020:
Teec Nos Pos
Two Grey Hills
* Chapters recently added to the list
“We are finally getting some much-needed relief for our health care workers and those working and residing in long-term assisted living facilities with the Pfizer vaccine, but we have to keep fighting hard and not let up on COVID-19. Due to the high demand for the vaccines and the time it takes to transport and administer, it will take time for it to be made available to the general public. We have to stay strong, remain optimistic, and keep focusing on protecting ourselves and our loved ones. We are still in a three-week lockdown, so please remain home as much as possible, wear a mask, avoid crowds, practice social distancing, and wash your hands often,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.
For more information, including helpful prevention tips, and resources to help stop the spread of COVID-19, visit the Navajo Department of Health's COVID-19 website: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19&source=gmail&ust=1608175974613000&usg=AFQjCNGWTLM2qIMa4vR1Fe_KLzIhkfLsvQ">http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. For COVID-19 related questions and information, call (928) 871-7014.
Celebrating 10 years of Native News...
We launched Native News Online back in February 2011 with the belief that everyone in Indian Country deserves equal access to news and commentary pertaining to them, their relatives and their communities. That's why the story you’ve just finished was free — and we want to keep it that way, for all readers. We hope it inspires you to celebrate our first decade with a gift of $10 or more to Native News Online so that we can continue publishing more stories that make a difference to Native people, whether they live on or off the reservation. Your donation will help us keep producing quality journalism and elevating Indigenous voices. Any contribution of any amount — big or small — gives us a better, stronger future and allows us to remain a force for change. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you.