3,277 recoveries, 39 new cases of COVID-19, and eight more deaths reported as Navajo Nation issues two 57-hour weekend lockdowns
Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President
On Tuesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation and eight new deaths. The total number of deaths is 319 as of Tuesday. Reports from 11 health care facilities indicate that approximately 3,277 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with one health care facility report still pending. 45,499 people have been tested for COVID-19. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 6,672.
Navajo Nation cases by Service Unit:
- Chinle Service Unit: 1,743
- Crownpoint Service Unit: 619
- Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 420
- Gallup Service Unit: 1,127
- Kayenta Service Unit: 962
- Shiprock Service Unit: 1,101
- Tuba City Service Unit: 544
- Winslow Service Unit: 148
* Eight residences are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit
"We have to keep doing what we're doing by wearing protective masks, complying with the weekend lockdowns, staying home, and maintaining a six-foot distance from others. Now is not the time to back down. Let’s not back down! Wear your masks, practice social distancing, and wash your hands," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
On Tuesday, the Navajo Nation issued Public Health Emergency Order 2020-015, ordering Public for a 57-hour weekend lockdown beginning on Friday, June 19, at 8:00 p.m. until Monday, June 22, at 5:00 a.m. (MDT), and a travel advisory outside the Navajo Nation due to the increased of COVID-19 cases in areas surrounding the Navajo Nation. The order also includes a second lockdown beginning on Friday, June 26, at 8:00 p.m. until Monday, June 29, at 5:00 a.m. (MDT).
"With the state of Arizona relaxing its precautions and allowing its stay-at-home order to expire, the metropolitan areas are seeing dramatic increases of COVID-19 cases. I cannot stress enough to our Navajo people the importance of staying home. It only takes a few people traveling to Phoenix or other hotspots to catch the virus and start another wave of new cases here on the Navajo Nation. If we stay at home and limit all travels, we can beat this virus," added President Nez.
All individuals should remain home during the lockdown hours except in the event of an emergency. The daily curfew exempts essential employees with official documentation or a letter of designation from their employer with official letterhead and contact information for verification. The weekend lockdown also requires the closure of all businesses on the Navajo Nation.
"For the safety of all citizens, all businesses will be closed during the 57-hour lockdown. Planning and preparing for the lockdown should be considered by all individuals. Ask a family member if they need help with errands, chores, or essential shopping. Ensure your entire family has enough food and water for the entire lockdown. Continue to remind your family members to stay home. When you are in public, wear a face mask and stay six feet away from others to minimize the potential spread of the virus," said Vice President Myron Lizer.
During the Office of the President and Vice President Facebook live Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, President Nez and Vice President Lizer also launched “The Navajo Nation #DontBackDown” campaign to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and encouraged individuals to join the fight against the virus.
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 primary Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.