Navajo Nation Reports 'Uncontrolled Spread' In 55 Communities

Nov 18, 2020

Navajo Nation health officials Tuesday reported 146 new known cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths.

COVID-19 testing near Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation earlier this year.
Credit AP, file

This week tribal leaders reinstated a stay-at-home lockdown for the entire reservation. They say 55 communities, including Cameron, Tuba City, Ganado, Chinle and Kayenta, now have uncontrolled community spread of the virus.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is urging residents to avoid travel and not hold family gatherings along with physical distancing and mask wearing in public.

“This invisible monster known as COVID-19 is devastating our country and the Navajo Nation. We cannot be complacent and careless about where we go, who we interact with, and the everyday choices we make ... Everyone should be staying home 24/7 unless you are an essential employee and required to report to work, or if you have an emergency, or to get essential items like groceries or medication,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez in a press release.

Since the pandemic began the tribe has reported nearly 13,800 COVID cases and more than 600 deaths.