Navajo Nation Sees COVID-19 Case Surge From Holidays

Jan 7, 2021

Navajo Nation health officials reported 222 new known cases of COVID-19 and one more death Wednesday.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez during a virtual COVID-19 briefing in December.
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says the tribe is seeing an added spike of infections following the recent holidays. He continues to urge residents to abide by safety measures, including mask wearing, and physical distancing to lower case rates.

"I believe most of our Navajo people adhered to the calls from our public health experts to refrain from holding in-person family gatherings, but unfortunately, we still have some of our people who continue to put themselves and their loved ones at unnecessary risk of the virus … When we isolate ourselves, we isolate the coronavirus and slow the spread," President Nez said in a press release.

In all, nearly 25,000 people have been infected with COVID on the Navajo Nation and 838 have died.