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Navajo Nation Extends Declaration Of State Of Emergency

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer announced this week the Nation will extend its declaration of a State of Emergency and the closure of Navajo Nation government offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The timeline of the extension is still being determined. The current order is set to expire Sunday, May 17th. The administration confirmed that on Monday, a total of 361 Navajo families in New Mexico communites received distributions of food, water, protective masks, cleaning supplies and other items. Since the distributions began last month, tribal officials say nearly 5,000 families have received essential items to help them stay home rather than travel to stores in border towns and put themselves at more risk of contracting the virus.