August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, April 13, 2020

Navajo Nation coronavirus cases reach 813, with 28 deaths, as rapid test kits arrive

COVID-19 cases reach a total of 813, with 28 total deaths reported

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The total number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 813 for the Navajo Nation as of Monday – an increase of 115 positive cases over the last two days, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center. The report also includes 3,028 total negative test results as of Thursday. There is now a total of 28 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

Ute Kenny Frost on Staying Home

Sadly An Example of Staying Home and Not Attending Large Gatherings Such As Church Gathering

By Kenny Frost, Ute
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First, before you read this. This is in no way "Against the Navajo Nation." This is to "Educate Everyone," on the importance of being safe in our own space.

Death can be at the front door in the case of the COVID-19 virus. COVID-19 is one of the most dangerous viruses this world has faced next to Ebola.

Here is what I found out regarding the transmission of the virus on the Navajo reservation.

The COVID-19 virus came from a church gathering at Chilchinbeto, Arizona. Sadly many of those who gathered stated, "We don't have to worry because they were going to heaven."

Others have carried this virus to their residence, spreading the virus to their loved ones, friends, and others who came in contact with them. This is how the COVID virus spread so fast on the Navajo reservation in the 4-directions.

Many people didn't know they were carrying the COVID virus and inadvertently infected their family members, loved ones, friends, and others -- who are now being treated in the Tuba City area, which has been made into the intake area for the patients of this COVID virus.

The Navajo reservation "Now has a proclamation" in order for not attending any type of church service and a strict curfew!

Please, please heed the warning. Do not attend any gathering of any type.

Wash your hands.
Wear a face covering.

Heed The Warnings!!
This is a dangerous time for all.

=->>>---- Kenny ---->

Navajos helping Navajos in the Age of Coronavirus photos by Earl Tulley

Photos by Earl Tulley, Dineh

Families receiving food boxes: Latchkey, elders, wheelchair persons, visually impaired, families with no transportation. Serving our community, our nest and our flock.

Navajo Nation Council Legislative Assistant Laris R. Manuelito (black jersey)
Navajo Council Delegate Pernell Halona, District 14 (red jersey) Pastor Martin Eastridge of the Pentecostal Church (vest)
New Mexico State Senator Shannon D. Pinto (plaid shirt)
Prior to shelter in place order, 80,000 pounds food from Humanitarian Services unloaded in Tohatchi, NM. Food unloaded then packaged for distribution and delivery.  Community is a bunch of people supporting and looking after one another. 
Being concern and deeply seeing each other as a community family fabric. We have to do our part in supporting our essential workers, even as much as listening and obeying their instructions.

" If you have come here to help me, you're wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine,  then let us work together." Lilla Watson

Never too young to serve.

Community is a bunch of people looking after one another, being concerned and deeply seeing each other as a community family fabric. Weavers get a thrill out of bringing out the best in one another to create a bond. Earth Maker likes effort, that is all I got to say about that. Everyone wants to contribute in thought, prayer, with labor, and perhaps to cheer up efforts made. 

Our community can always count on our alliance. Our community, our nest, our flock
We are doing what we can, and are able to do.
Tohlakai strong.

Photos copyright Earl Tulley, Censored News

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