Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 12, 2020

Navajos extend state of emergency, 82 new cases of coronavirus brings total to 3,204

The Navajo President led supply delivery in Tohatchi and Sanostee, N.M., in the Chuska Mountain region. They are two of 110 Navajo Nation chapters in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The Navajo population is over 350,000.
Photo by Navajo President's Office.

Navajos extend the state of emergency, as 82 new cases of coronavirus are reported in 24 hours, bringing the total to 3,204, with two more deaths

Article by Brenda Norrell
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Navajo Nation: 82 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths reported

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation reported 82 new cases of coronavirus for the Navajo Nation and a total of 102 deaths as of Monday. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 3,204.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said the Navajo Nation will extend its declaration of a state of emergency and the closure of Navajo Nation government offices — the timeline of the extension is still being determined. The current Executive Order is set to expire on May 17.

Deliveries were to Sanostee and Tohotchi, N.M. on Monday. Photo Navajo President's Office.
On Monday, the Nez-Lizer Administration continued distributing food, water, protective masks, cleaning products, and other items to a total of 361 Navajo families in the communities of Sanostee and Tohatchi, N.M. Since the Nez-Lizer Administration began distributions, nearly 5,000 Navajo families have received essential items in various communities on the Navajo Nation. The distribution of products helps families to stay home rather than having to travel to stores to buy food and water and putting themselves at risk of the virus.

“Some states are beginning to reopen, but here on the Navajo Nation we’re listening to the advice of our health care experts and based on the data and the facts, we’re not ready to reopen until we see a consistent downward trend in the number of new COVID-19 cases. We’re going to continue to be on the ground in our communities helping our elders and high-risk residents so they can stay home and stay safe. We are strong and resilient when we unify and work together. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to offer their support and encouragement along the way,” said President Nez.

Indian Health Service shows rapid increase in coronavirus cases today in agencies of Navajo, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Oklahoma, Billings, and in the eastern U.S.
In his daily statement, President Nez said the administration is also stepping up its efforts to ensure that items donated to the Navajo Nation reach the most in need as quickly as possible. More distribution events will take place this week to help elders and high-risk residents.

“Through the distribution events, we’re not only providing essential items but we’re lifting the spirits of our people and giving people hope. The smiles and appreciation of elders and many others is enough to keep us going and keep us working hard for the people. We are going to get through this pandemic by working together and through our prayers. Thank you to everyone for their hard work and contributions,” said Vice President Lizer.

The President's Office hosted another online town hall on Tuesday morning to further discuss plans for the Navajo Nation $600 million in CARES Act funding.

The 3,204 confirmed positive cases on the Navajo Nation include the following counties:

· McKinley County, NM: 865
· Apache County, AZ: 825
· Navajo County, AZ: 665
· Coconino County, AZ: 331
· San Juan County, NM: 374
· San Juan County, UT: 53
· Socorro County, NM: 26
· Cibola County, NM: 36
· Bernalillo County: 3
· Sandoval County, NM: 26

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