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Posted: May 19, 2022


The Navajo Nation 

Office of the President and Vice President

May 18, 2022

28 new cases, 51,831 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19 reported 

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona – On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 28 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation and no deaths. The total number of deaths remains 1,771. The report indicates that 51,831 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 527,745 COVID-19 tests have been administered.

The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 53,789, including 32 delayed reported cases. A new case is defined as a positive test within the last 72-hours. Some cases are due to delayed reporting from the states. Any positive tests from beyond the last 72-hours are considered delayed.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,357
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,186
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,480
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,975
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,116
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,931
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,884
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,838

* 22 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

The Navajo Nation remains in “yellow status,” in accordance with Public Health Emergency Order No. 2022-004 available online at:

“In some parts of the country, COVID-19 cases are beginning to increase so please do your very best to protect yourselves by taking precautions and adhering to the guidance of our public health experts. Perhaps the most important precautionary measure you can take is to get fully vaccinated and get your booster shots. We also ask for your help to keep your elders informed of daily COVID-19 case numbers and to encourage them to continue taking safety measures. We are in this together and we must continue to push back on this virus together,” 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.

“This pandemic continues to present challenges for everyone around the world, but through our prayers and love for one another, we continue to overcome and move forward. We are stronger when we support one another, so please continue to encourage each other and work together to mitigate the pandemic. Be safe and continue to pray for our people and frontline workers,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.

For more information, including helpful prevention tips, and resources to help stop the spread of COVID-19, visit the NavajoDepartment of Health’s COVID-19 website: For COVID-19 related questions and information, call (928) 871-7014. 

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