- By Native News Online Staff
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is encouraging Navajo citizens to take all precautions in the Nation's continuing fight against Covid-19.
“Wearing a mask in public and when you’re around other people makes a difference and helps to prevent the virus from spreading from person to person,” Nez said on Monday.
“You’re a warrior if you wear a mask because you’re helping to save lives and to protect our children and elders. This modern-day monster known as COVID-19 is an invisible virus, and it can affect anyone of any age, ethnicity, or background. We have to keep fighting and not let up.”
On Monday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 11 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and no recent deaths. The total number of deaths remains 559 as previously reported on Sunday. Reports indicate that 7,278 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and 109,181 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 10,454, including two additional cases that was previously unreported due to delayed reporting or reconciliation.
Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:
- Chinle Service Unit: 2,428
- Crownpoint Service Unit: 302
- Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 1,050
- Gallup Service Unit: 1,646
- Kayenta Service Unit: 1,344
- Shiprock Service Unit: 1,598
- Tuba City Service Unit: 994
- Winslow Service Unit: 486
* Six residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.
On Monday, the state of New Mexico reported 158 new cases of COVID-19, the state of Arizona reported 316 new cases, and Utah reported 1,105.
The Navajo people did a good job in bringing our numbers down by following the CDC guidelines and public health orders from the Navajo Department of Health and we can do it again. Stay home, wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and avoid large gatherings," Nez said.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 10:00 a.m. (MDT), President Nez and Vice President Lizer will host an online town hall to provide additional COVID-19 updates on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page. Updates will also be provided regarding the 2020 Census, including a recent court order that requires the Census Bureau to continue counting individuals until Oct. 31, 2020.
Since you're here...
We believe 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. But we hope it inspires you to make a gift of $5 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.