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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Monday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported seven new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and one more death. The total number of deaths now totals 473 as of Monday. Reports indicate that 6,878 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 85,772 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases is 9,315 and negative tests total 71,972.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

· Chinle Service Unit: 2,256
· Crownpoint Service Unit: 777
· Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 720
· Gallup Service Unit: 1,502
· Kayenta Service Unit: 1,282
· Shiprock Service Unit: 1,457
· Tuba City Service Unit: 878
· Winslow Service Unit: 439

* Four residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

On Monday, the state of Arizona reported 600 new cases of COVID-19, while New Mexico reported 132 new cases, and Utah reported 263 new cases.

“We are seeing good signs with the gradual decrease in new cases overall for the states of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah over the last few days, but we must continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid traveling to cities and towns off the Navajo Nation. There remains substantial risk of contracting COVID-19. When certain states reopened in May, we saw how quickly the virus can re-emerge and spread among communities. We are very grateful to all of our Nation’s healthcare workers. We do not want to put them in a position where our health care system is strained again due to new cases. Please stay home, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and avoid large crowds. We are beating COVID-19 little by little, but we have to stay focused and vigilant,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said on Monday.

The Navajo Nation will have another 32-hour weekend lockdown beginning on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 9:00 p.m. (MDT) until Monday, Aug. 17 at 5:00 a.m. All businesses will be closed for the duration of the weekend lockdown.

For More Information

For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website. 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, visit the Worldometers website.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, Native News Online encourages you to go to Indian Health Service’s COVID-19 webpage.

The Nez-Lizer Administration is also working with businesses to setup food donation drop-off sites at grocery stores to allow Navajo Nation residents to contribute non-perishable food items, which will be made available to Navajo people and others living in the Phoenix area as a way to give back to our relatives and friends of the Navajo Nation who graciously donated essential items to the Navajo Nation. 

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