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Posted: May 23, 2022


The Navajo Nation 

Office of the President and Vice President

May 20, 2022

26 new cases, 51,861 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19 reported 

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona – On Friday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 26 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation and no deaths. The total number of deaths remains 1,771. The report indicates that 51,861 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 528,699 COVID-19 tests have been administered.

The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 53,877, including seven 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: 10,364
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,193
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,486
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,983
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,123
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,957
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,888
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,861

* 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:

“Of all the age categories, our elders have the highest vaccination rate among our Navajo people. Our grandparents and parents continue to lead the way and set a great example for our people. They are listening to our public health experts and doing what they have to do to protect themselves from COVID-19. The vaccines are our best defense in this pandemic. Please continue to be very cautious and remember that we are still in the midst of this pandemic. We are in this together and we must do our very best to protect ourselves and others,” 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 has tested us in many ways, but we continue to persevere and overcome the challenges together. Our Navajo people are strong and through that strength we will overcome the pandemic. To get there, we must continue to pray daily and support one another as we move forward,” 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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