- By Native News Online Staff
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Friday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 10 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation. Friday’s report also included 16 recently reported deaths that occurred between the months of May and August from state disease surveillance systems – reporting of the deaths was delayed due to late notification from several states. The total number of deaths is now 520 as of Friday. Reports indicate that 7,142 individuals have recovered from COVID-19 and 96,734 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 9,883.
Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:
- Chinle Service Unit: 2,338
- Crownpoint Service Unit: 812
- Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 935
- Gallup Service Unit: 1,579
- Kayenta Service Unit: 1,308
- Shiprock Service Unit: 1,503
- Tuba City Service Unit: 940
- Winslow Service Unit: 462
* Six residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.
The Navajo Nation will have a 32-hour partial weekend lockdown beginning on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 9:00 p.m. (MDT), which will last until Monday, Sept. 7 at 5:00 a.m. (MDT). Daily curfew hours from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (MDT) will also continue through the month of September to help control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation. On Friday, the state of Utah reported 513 new cases of COVID-19, the state of Arizona reported 728 new cases, and New Mexico reported 96.
"Our health care experts are cautioning all Navajo Nation residents not to travel this holiday weekend because there remains substantial risk of contracting COVID-19 in cities and towns near our Nation. In order to keep our COVID-19 numbers low, we have to keep wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing your hands, staying home as much as possible, and avoiding large crowds. Use the time you have this weekend to prepare for the upcoming winter season. Help your parents and grandparents by gathering firewood, food, water, and other essential supplies to help them stay home and safe this winter season. Please remember to pray for our frontline warriors and those fighting for their lives due to COVID-19,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.
On Friday, the Nez-Lizer Administration distributed care packages, bottled water, and masks to 313 families in the communities of Torreon, Pueblo Pintado, and Whitehorse Lake to help them stay home and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Census office was also present to help residents respond for the 2020 Census. The Nez-Lizer Administration will distribute food and supplies at Black Mesa Chapter at 9:00 a.m., Blue Gap/Tachee Chapter at 12:00 p.m., and Tselani/Cottonwood at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The U.S. Census office will also be present.
Support Independent Indigenous Journalism
Native News Online is an independent, Indigenous-led newsroom with a crucial mission: We want to change the narrative about Indian Country. We do this by producing intelligent, fact-based journalism that tells the full story from all corners of Indian Country. We pride ourselves on covering the tribes you may have never heard of before and by respecting and listening to the communities we serve through our reporting. As newsrooms across the country continue to shrink, coverage of Indian Country is more important than ever, and we are committed to filling this ever-present hole in journalism.
Because we believe everyone in Indian Country deserves equal access to news and commentary pertaining to them, their relatives and their communities, the story you’ve just finished was free — and we want to keep it that way, for all readers. But we hope it inspires you to make a gift 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.