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Ute Kenny Frost 'COVID-19 vs Natives tribes'

Native update on the COVID-19 on the impact with southwestern Indian Country

By Kenny Frost, Ute
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Arizona/New Mexico

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.

Navajo Nation: 558 coronavirus cases, 22 deaths, with President self-quarantined


70 new positive cases of COVID-19, two more deaths reported

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer
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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The total number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 558 for the Navajo Nation as of Thursday – an increase of 70 positive cases since Wednesday, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center. The report also includes 2,381 total negative test results as of Thursday. There is now a total of 22 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

The 558 confirmed positive cases include the following counties:

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