Navajo Nation Declares Health Emergency Because Of Coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020

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

Credit Office of the Navajo Nation President

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.