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The Navajo Nation

Office of the President and Vice President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2020

Navajo Nation extends emergency declaration and government closure to August 16th due to rise in COVID-19 cases in nearby towns and cities

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Based on the recommendations of health care experts and data from the states of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona and nearby cities that show increases in COVID-19 cases, Navajo Nation President Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed Executive Order No. 008-20 on Wednesday, extending the Navajo Nation’s declaration of a state of emergency and the closure of Navajo Nation government offices and entities from July 27, 2020 to Aug. 16, 2020.

“The data shows that the Navajo people are doing a good job in bringing the number of COVID-19 cases to a steady decrease on the Navajo Nation, but nearby border towns and cities such as Phoenix and Albuquerque continue to show increases in new cases. We cannot play politics with this potential deadly virus, instead we have to listen to our health care experts and analyze the data. Currently, we have approximately 3,620 Navajo Nation employees that are working to perform essential duties and keep the government in operation – this is well over half of the total workforce. We have to keep fighting COVID-19 together,” said President Nez.

The Nez-Lizer Administration and the Navajo Health Command Operations Center continue to urge all Navajo Nation residents to wearing protective masks in public, stay home as much as possible, practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and avoid large gatherings. The Department of Health and the Health Command Operations Center is also preparing for the upcoming winter flu season, which will present more challenges, as well as a vaccination plan once a COVID-19 vaccine is proven to be safe and made available.

“There is no vaccine yet, but the Nation is preparing for it once a vaccine is made available and is proven to be safe. We are seeing some good indications in our recent daily numbers, but the risk is still very high and we still have many people who are recovering and many that are hospitalized. We’ve had 26 consecutive days of less than 100 cases. Let’s keep the momentum up and let’s keep fighting this virus together. Our first responders are not giving up, so let’s not lose hope. Keep praying and keep listening to the health care experts,” said Vice President Lizer.

On July 17, the Navajo Department of Health issued Public Health Emergency Order No. 2020-018, implementing two additional 57-hour weekend lockdowns from July 24, 2020 to July 27, 2020 and from July 31, 2020 to August 3, 2020, starting at 8:00 P.M. MDT on Friday and ending at 5:00 A.M. MDT on Monday. A separate order is being developed to require residents that travel to “hotspots” to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Nation’s Stay at Home Order remains in effect requiring all individuals on the Navajo Nation to stay at home and strictly limit movement, and limit public contact with others. Individuals may leave their place of residence only for emergencies or to perform “Essential Activities.” The daily curfew also remains in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekdays.

To view Executive Order No. 008-20, please visit: https://www.opvp.navajo-nsn.gov/From-the-Office/Executive-Orders.

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

Navajo Nation extends emergency declaration and government closure to August 16th due to rise in COVID-19 cases in…

Posted by Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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