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Navajo Nation has 26 cases of coronavirus as stay at home order goes into effect

President Jonathan Nez offered his appreciation and prayers by phone to a group of Navajo firefighters as they prepare to enter the community of Chilchinbeto to deliver care packages to residents, including elderly and high-risk. The first responders will be wearing protective gear when they enter the community and will not make person-to-person contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Photos Navajo Nation President's Office)
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Navajo Nation reports 26 cases of coronavirus, as cases also are confirmed in surrounding areas of Flagstaff and Page in Arizona and McKinley County in New Mexico

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 26 as Navajo Nation’s “Stay at Home Order” goes into effect

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service on Saturday, that the number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached a total of 26 for residents of the Navajo Nation.

This includes 18 cases from the Kayenta Service Unit, four from the Chinle Service Unit, three from the Tuba City Service Unit, and one from the Crownpoint Service Unit. As of Saturday, there are no confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 for residents of the Navajo Nation.

A Public Health Emergency “Stay at Home Order” is now in effect requiring all residents of the Navajo Nation to remain home and isolated and all non-essential businesses to close to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The previous shelter-in-place order for the community of Chilchinbeto in now expanded to the entire Navajo Nation.