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Navajo Nation Declares Health Emergency Because Of Coronavirus

Office of the Navajo Nation President

The Navajo Nation is now under a public health state of emergency due to the growing spread of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez's office announced the declaration Wednesday in a statement.

It said that there were no confirmed cases on the tribe's sprawling reservation that includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

But Nez said the declaration is a “proactive measure to help ensure the Navajo Nation’s preparedness and the health and well-being of the Navajo people."

Nez also imposed travel restrictions for all executive-branch employees.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. But for some,  it can cause more severe illness.

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