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Posted: February 1, 2021

The Navajo Nation 

Office of the President and Vice President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2021

President Nez urges public to take all precautions as Navajo Department of Health identifies 56 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Department of Health has identified the following 56 communities in the latest Health Advisory Notice, with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 from Jan. 15, 2021 to Jan. 28, 2021:

Alamo

Aneth*

Baca/Prewitt

Black Mesa

Bodaway/Gap*

Cameron

Casamero Lake

Chinle

Churchrock

Coyote Canyon

Crownpoint

Dennehotso

Dilkon*

Fort Defiance*

Ganado

Houck*

Indian Wells

Iyanbito

Jeddito

 

Kaibeto

Kayenta

Leupp*

Many Farms

Mariano Lake

Nageezi

Nahatadziil

Nahodishgish

Nazlini

Newcomb

Oljato*

Pinedale

Pinon

Red Lake*

Red Rock*

Rock Point

Rock Springs

Rough Rock*

Sheepsprings

 

Shiprock

Smith Lake

St. Michaels

Tachee/Blue Gap

Teec Nos Pos

Teesto

Thoreau

Tohajiilee

Tohatchi

Tolani Lake*

Tonalea

Tsaile/Wheatfields

Tsayatoh

Tselani/Cottonwood

Tuba City

Twin Lakes

Two Grey Hills*

Upper Fruitland

 

 

* Chapters recently added to the list

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“Last week, we had 53 communities identified in the Health Advisory Notice and this week we have 56 identified. We had one day last year with no new cases of COVID-19 reported, but then came Labor Day weekend and our numbers gradually increased from that point on. We cannot let that happen again. We have to keep taking all precautions to protect ourselves from the virus, even if you receive the first and second doses of the vaccine. Variants of the COVID-19 virus are spreading in areas around the Navajo Nation and reports indicate that the variants spread more easily and quickly than the current strand. Do not travel to border towns and cities off the Navajo Nation where COVID-19 is more prevalent and do not hold family gatherings in person. To our Navajo people, please keep your guard up and hold your loved ones accountable,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-002 remains in effect with the following provisions:

  • Extends the Stay-At-Home order requiring all residents to remain at home 24-hours, seven days a week, with the exceptions of essential workers that must report to work, emergency situations, to obtain essential food, medication, and supplies, tend to livestock, outdoor exercising within the immediate vicinity of your home, wood gathering and hauling with a permit.
  • Daily curfew from 9:00 p.m. (MST) until 5:00 a.m. (MST) seven days a week.
  • Essential businesses may operate between the hours of 7:00 a.m. (MST) and 8:00 p.m. (MST) daily, including gas stations, grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, laundromats, restaurants, food establishments, banks and similar financial institutions, and hay vendors, provided they comply with provisions outline in the order to help protect employees and the public from COVID-19.
  • Refrain from gathering with individuals from outside your immediate household and requiring all residents to wear a mask in public, avoid public gatherings, maintain social (physical) distancing, remain in your vehicle for curb-side and drive-through services.

“Our health care workers are working as quickly as they can with the resources available to vaccinate as many people as possible, but we all have to do our part by continuing to wear masks, to stay home as much as possible, avoid crowds and in-person gatherings, practice social distancing, and wash your hands often. We will overcome the pandemic, but we all have to help and continue listening to our health care experts,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.

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: http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. For COVID-19 related questions and information, call (928) 871-7014.

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