Jonathan Nez

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says the tribe urgently needs more test kits as the number of known cases of COVID-19 continues to grow. Nez is also requesting testing labs be set up on the nation to speed up processing results.

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NOTE: Navajo Nation officials have updated numbers of COVID-19 since this story was written and as of Tuesday evening say there are 49 cases on the reservation. 

Navajo Nation health officials have confirmed 10 more cases of COVID-19 on the reservation.

Office of the Navajo Nation President

A member of the Navajo Nation has tested positive for COVID-19.

  A press release from the Navajo Nation says the infected person is from the community of Chilchinbeto, Arizona and is now being treated in Phoenix after an initial visit to the Kayenta Health Center.

The Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed the positive test results once the individual was in Phoenix.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez will give an address the nation Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. DST, 4:00 Arizona time, on tribal radio station KTNN.

Office of the Navajo Nation President

The Navajo Nation is now under a public health state of emergency due to the growing spread of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President

One of last surviving Navajo Code Talkers died in New Mexico Friday morning following health complications. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Joe Vandever Senior was 96 years old.


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