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:

Alamo

Aneth

Baca/Prewitt

Becenti

Beclabito*

Bird Springs

Black Mesa

Bodaway/Gap

Bread Springs

Cameron

Chichiltah

Chinle

Churchrock

Coyote Canyon

Crownpoint

Dennehotso

Ganado

Hard Rock*

Hogback

Houck

Indian Wells

Iyanbito

Jeddito

Kaibeto

Kayenta

Lake Valley

Lechee*

Leupp

Littlewater

Lukachukai

Lupton

Manuelito

Many Farms

Mexican Springs

Nageezi

Nahatadziil

Nahodishgish

Naschitti

Nazlini

Nenahnezad

Newcomb

Oljato

Pinedale

Pinon

Pueblo Pintado*

Ramah

Red Lake

Red Mesa

Red Rock*

Rock Point

Rock Springs

Rough Rock

Round Rock

San Juan

Sanostee

Sheepsprings

Shiprock

Smith Lake

St. Michaels

Sweetwater*

Tachee/Blue Gap

Teec Nos Pos

Teesto

Thoreau

Tohajiilee

Tohatchi

Tonalea

Torreon*

Tsaile/Wheatfields

Tsayatoh

Tselani/Cottonwood

Tuba City

Twin Lakes

Two Grey Hills

Upper Fruitland

Whippoorwill*

White Cone

* 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.

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