Navajo Nation Extends State Of Emergency And Government Closure

Apr 22, 2020

The closure of the Navajo Nation’s tribal government because of the coronavirus outbreak is being extended into late May.

A screenshot of Navajo President Jonathan Nez during a recent online COVID-19 update.
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Tribal President Jonathan Nez on Wednesday announced that he issued an executive order Tuesday extending the closure of government offices and related facilities to May 17 from the previous expiration date of April 26. Nez said there’s a “slight flattening of the curve” but there’s still a need to remain vigilant.  The tribe has reported 1,206 positive COVID-19 cases and 48 known deaths as of Tuesday. However, officials said the numbers don’t include cases for border towns as was being previously reported by the Navajo Epidemiology Center.  The tribe''s reservation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.