- By Levi Rickert
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The total confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) has grown to 1,127 on the Navajo Nation. Just one month ago, on March 17, the first two cases were announced. From Thursday to Friday, the cases grew by 85.
The total deaths grew by one to bring the death toll from COVID-19 to 44.
Friday’s numbers were released by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center.
The report also includes 3,673 total negative test results as of Friday.
The 1,127 confirmed positive cases include the following counties:
- Navajo County, AZ: 316
- Apache County, AZ: 168
- Coconino County, AZ: 203
- McKinley County, NM: 235
- San Juan County, NM: 153
- Cibola County, NM: 13
- San Juan County, UT: 14
- Socorro County, NM: 13
- Sandoval County, NM: 12
The Navajo Nation will enter in a curfew beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Friday until Monday, April 20 at 5:00 a.m. (MDT).
The Navajo Police Department will once again enforce the weekend curfew with road checkpoints. They will also issue citations for curfew violators, which may include up to $1,000 in fines and/or 30 days in jail.
"Everyone should have everything they need for the weekend, so we should not have anyone traveling this weekend except for essential workers and in cases of emergencies. I said this before, we are strong and resilient just like our ancestors. Our people have overcome so much, much worse than COVID-19 and we need to honor and remember all of the sacrifices that our ancestors made for us to be here today. Let’s not be careless, let’s not be selfish, but let’s rise up and beat this virus together,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.
Last weekend, the Navajo Police Department issued approximately 119 citations for individuals who violated the curfew. Stricter provisions are now in place for businesses as well.
For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.
For up to date information on impact the coronavirus pandemic is having in the United States and around the world go to: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/?fbclid=IwAR1vxfcHfMBnmTFm6hBICQcdbV5aRnMimeP3hVYHdlxJtFWdKF80VV8iHgE
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