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Posted: March 22, 2022


The Navajo Nation 

Office of the President and Vice President

March 21, 2022

19 new cases, 51,063 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19 over three-day period, 7 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona – On Monday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 19 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation and no deaths over the weekend and Monday. Below are case numbers including the past weekend and Monday: 

  • March 19:                     14 new cases, 0 deaths
  • March 20:                     3 new cases, 0 deaths
  • March 21:                     2 new cases, 0 deaths

The total number of deaths remains 1,658. The report indicates that 51,063 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 503,351 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 52,822, including two delayed reported cases.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,119
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,140
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,367
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,869
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,003
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,789
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,706
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,807

* 22 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 346 new cases and Utah reported 343 new cases, which also include weekend case numbers. The state of Arizona now reports COVID-19 cases on a weekly basis, each Wednesday. Based on cases from March 4 to March 17, 2022, the Navajo Department of Health issued a Health Advisory Notice for the following seven communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19:

Bread Springs

Coyote Canyon



Indian Wells







“Numbers of new cases remain relatively low, but we have to keep our guard up as our health experts continue to monitor the Omicron subvariant, which was detected in Arizona last week. Please continue to wear a mask in public places and be very cautious. We are still in the midst of a pandemic, so continue to take precautions and push back on the virus,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

Health care facilities on the Navajo Nation continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines. If you would like to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines, please contact your health care provider and schedule an appointment.

“Continue to pray and be very cautious, especially if you go into public places. We are in this together and we will emerge from this pandemic stronger. Our frontline workers continue to work around the clock to help our people and to save lives. Please be safe and take precautions,” 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: For COVID-19 related questions and information, call (928) 871-7014. 

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