Navajo Nation Extends Weekend Lockdowns As Virus Cases Rise

Apr 15, 2020

The Navajo Nation is extending its weekend lockdowns to combat the spread of the coronavirus on the vast Native American reservation that lies in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez gives a virtual town hall as he remains in quarantine after possible COVID-19 exposure.
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The tribe last weekend first put in place the lockdown prohibiting people from leaving their homes except in emergencies on the reservation where about 175,000 people live. That came after weekday nighttime curfews were imposed that remain in place.

The announcement Tuesday for more weekend lockdowns came as the number of Navajo Nation coronavirus cases hit 838 with more than 30 deaths. Navajo Nation police issued more than 100 criminal nuisance lockdown violation citations last Friday and Saturday.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says two Navajo Nation police officers have tested positive for COVID-19.