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The Navajo Nation

Office of the President and Vice President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2020

6,456 recoveries, 45 new cases, and six more deaths related to COVID-19 reported as health experts prepare for flu season

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 45 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and six more deaths. The total number of deaths has reached 431 as of Wednesday.

Reports indicate that approximately 6,456 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 75,177 people have been tested for COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,684.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 2,167
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 740
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 592
  • Gallup Service Unit: 1,423
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 1,217
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 1,364
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 802
  • Winslow Service Unit: 376

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

On Wednesday, 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 decision to extend the order was 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.

“We are doing our very best to keep our Navajo Nation residents safe and healthy using the information, input, and data from our health care experts. When this pandemic reached the United States, the Navajo Nation was able to keep the COVID-19 virus out of our Nation for quite some time while surrounding states were being impacted. Now, we are in a similar situation where we are seeing a consistent flattening of the curve, 27 consecutive days of 50 cases or less, while the data from the states of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona show large daily increases. Let’s keep fighting COVID-19 by staying home, wearing masks, washing our hands, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings,” said President Nez.

The Navajo Nation will have another 57-hour weekend lockdown beginning on Friday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m. until Monday, July 27 at 5:00 a.m. All businesses on the Navajo Nation will be closed for the duration of the weekend lockdown.

On Tuesday, the state of Arizona reported 1,926 new cases of COVID-19, while New Mexico reported 316 new cases, and Utah reported 566 new cases. 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 always a light at the end of every dark tunnel. Keep praying and don’t lose hope. We know it’s very challenging and many people want to leave home and visit friends and family, but we have to do what is right for our loved ones. Please keep your families safe, especially your children and elders. Please pray for everyone who has lost loved ones and for those who are in hospitals right now fighting for their life,” said Vice President 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 at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. For COVID-19 related questions and information, call (928) 871-7014.

6,456 recoveries, 45 new cases, and six more deaths related to COVID-19 reported as health experts prepare for flu…

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

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