Native update on the COVID-19 on the impact with southwestern Indian Country
By Kenny Frost, Ute
As of March 9, the Navajo Nation announced Thursday evening they had 558 identified cases, with 22 confirmed deaths. That's an increase in 70 positive cases from the previous day. Of the 558 cases, 405 involve residents on tribal land in Arizona counties. The Navajo Nation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
On Thursday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer announced the self-quarantine after coming in contact with the first responder on Tuesday, according to the Navajo Nation statement. "This is real and no one is immune from contracting the virus," Nez said, "I have been informed that the officials with Army Corps and National Guard are also self-quarantining to be on the safe side and are doing fine," Nez said.