August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Second member of the Navajo Nation tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus



Second member of the Navajo Nation tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

Navajo Nation press statement
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Update on Thursday: The third member of Navajo Nation tests positive for coronavirus
Update: On March 21, the Navajo Nation issued a Stay at Home Order, after 14 cases tested positive on the Navajo Nation.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed by the Navajo Department of Health on late Tuesday afternoon of a second member of the Navajo Nation who tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The second individual is a middle-age male from the same region as the first person who tested positive within the Kayenta IHS Service Area.

The second individual also had recent travel history and reported their symptoms to the Kayenta Health Center and was taken to a hospital off the Nation for testing. Health and emergency officials are taking the proper precautions to screen and isolate the person’s family members. Officials are in the process of determining the extent of the relation of the two cases.