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Posted: May 24, 2022


The Navajo Nation 

Office of the President and Vice President

May 23, 2022

36 new cases, 51,945 recoveries, and two deaths related to COVID-19 over three-day period, 13 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – On Monday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 36 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation and two deaths over the weekend and Monday. Below are case numbers including the past weekend and Monday: 

  • May 21-22:                 21 new cases, 2 deaths
  • May 23:                        15 new cases, 0 deaths

The total number of deaths is now 1,773. The report indicates that 51,945 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 529,248 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 53,921, including 13 delayed reported cases.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,372
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,196
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,486
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,999
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,133
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,960
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,891
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,862

* 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: Based on cases from May 6-19, 2022, the Navajo Department of Health issued a Health Advisory Notice for the following 13 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19:

Casamero Lake


Coalmine Mesa                                     



Indian Wells





Red Mesa

Rock Springs




“We still have COVID-19 cases in our communities, so please remain diligent and keep pushing back on this virus by taking precautions. Please remember that our actions impact others when it comes to COVID-19, especially for those that we live with. If one person in a household gets the virus it’s very easy to spread it within the home. Please be very cautious and be safe. We are in this together,” said NavajoNation 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.

“If you attend a graduation or a reception for a loved one, please keep your guard up and be very careful. We have a tendency to let our guard down around family and friends, so please be safe. If you are sick or don’t feel well, please stay home, isolate, and get tested as soon as you can. Please be safe and continue to pray for our people,” 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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