Navajo Nation Reports Five New Covid Cases, No Recent Deaths

Sep 15, 2020

Navajo Nation health officials Monday reported five new known cases of COVID-19 and no new recent deaths from the virus.

A hand-painted sign points the way to the Chilchinbeto Church of the Nazarene in Chilchinbeto, Ariz., on the Navajo reservation at sunrise on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
Credit Carolyn Kaster/AP, file

The tribe continues to see declining infection rates and fatalities after it was the nation’s top hotspot months ago. Leaders will again put a 32-hour weekend lockdown in place beginning Saturday for the reservation. Navajo President Jonathan Nez is urging tribal members who’ve recently traveled to areas off the reservation with high COVID numbers to quarantine for 14 days in order to decrease the spread. 

"We all have to do our part to help keep the daily number of COVID-19 cases low ... The states of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico continue to report relatively high numbers every day, which continues to pose substantial risk for Navajo Nation residents when they choose to travel,” said Nez in a press release. 

Nez also says residents should continue to physically distance and wear masks. 

Nearly 540 people have died on the Navajo Nation and 10,000 have been infected since the pandemic began. More than 70 percent have recovered.