- By Native News Online Staff
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 121 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and seven more deaths. The total number of deaths is now 638 as of Tuesday. Reports indicate that 8,271 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and 151,008 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 15,374, which includes 17 delayed unreported cases.
Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:
- Chinle Service Unit: 3,251
- Crownpoint Service Unit: 1,697
- Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 1,573
- Gallup Service Unit: 2,486
- Kayenta Service Unit: 1,631
- Shiprock Service Unit: 2,302
- Tuba City Service Unit: 1,573
- Winslow Service Unit: 848
* 13 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.
The Navajo Nation’s three-week stay-at-home lockdown is in effect 24-hours a day, seven days a week with the exception of essential workers, cases of emergencies, and to purchase essential items such as food and medication when essential businesses are open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. On Tuesday, the state of New Mexico reported 2,107 new cases of COVID-19, the state of Arizona reported 4,544 new cases, and Utah reported 2,701 cases.
“This Thanksgiving Day holiday, please be safe and do not hold family gatherings with anyone outside of your immediate household. By inviting guests and other relatives into your home, you are creating substantial risks for you and your family members. We have to be diligent and make good choices, which aren’t the easiest. If you need groceries or other essential items, only send one family member into the store and always remember to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and avoid crowded areas. We can beat this virus and we will eventually, but we have a challenging road ahead before we get there. Please remain strong and continue to pray for yourselves and others,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
Public health officials continue to urge the public not to hold in-person gatherings with non-household members on Thanksgiving Day due to COVID-19 risks. Navajo Area IHS and 638 hospitals continue to offer COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites this week, except for the holiday.
On Tuesday, the Nez-Lizer team and World Central Kitchen distributed food in the communities of Red Valley and at the Diné College campus. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the Nez-Lizer team will hold a food distribution event at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, N.M. at 9:00 a.m. and at the Window Rock fairgrounds at 1:00 p.m. (MST).
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=1606361769270000&usg=AFQjCNEKZePOp7JWJoFObACd0kcpfNi3UQ">http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. For COVID-19 related questions and information, call (928) 871-7014.
Celebrating 10 years of Native News...
We launched Native News Online back in February 2011 with the belief that 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. We hope it inspires you to celebrate our first decade with a gift of $10 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.