COVID-19 Cases On Navajo Nation Continue To Flatten

Jul 31, 2020

Navajo Nation officials say cases of coronavirus continue to flatten.

The entrance to Monument Valley in Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah, on the Navajo reservation.
Credit AP/Carolyn Kaster

President Jonathan Nez says Thursday was the 35th straight day that the tribe reported fewer than 100 new known infections and that weekend and daily lockdowns and other requirements have worked in combatting the virus.

“We have to meet our prayers half way by listening to our health care experts and doing everything we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and in good health," said the tribe's Vice President Myron Lizer in a press release. "In your prayers, please remember those who have lost loved ones and those who are fighting for their lives. We pray that the COVID-19 virus does not harm any more of our brothers and sisters and that we will continue to heal and become stronger.”

The Navajo Nation was a national hotspot for COVID-19 in May. 

The tribe Thursday reported 51 new cases of one more death. In total, 454 people have died from coronavirus on the reservation since the pandemic began and more than 9,000 people have been infected. Nearly three-quarters have recovered.