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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Third member of Navajo Nation tests positive for coronavirus, public health emergency order issued





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Third member of the Navajo Nation tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, Public Health Emergency Order issued

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer
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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 on Wednesday evening by the Navajo Department of Health that a third member of the Navajo Nation tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The third individual is a 62-year-old male from the same region as the first two confirmed cases within the Kayenta IHS Service Area.

The third individual reported his symptoms to the Kayenta Health Center and was transported to a hospital in Phoenix where he remains as of Wednesday. 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 cases.