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Navajo Nation reports 128 new coronavirus cases. Dine' continue helping Dine'



Photo courtesy Mercury Bitsuie. Grassroots Dine' volunteer delivering aid.

Navajo Nation reports 128 new coronavirus cases. Dine' continue helping Dine'

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
June 3, 2020

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation reported 128 new cases of coronavirus and seven more deaths in the past 24 hours. The total number of deaths has reached 259 as of Wednesday. The total number of cases reached 5,661.

Navajo President Jonathan Nez signed an executive order on Wednesday to extend the closure of tribal offices until July 5. Although the weekend curfews were paused, the daily curfews remain from 8 pm until 5 pm.

Grassroots Navajo organizations and individuals continue to try and reach the Dine' elderly and disabled who are in quarantine with the virus. Still, many Dine' are being sent home from the hospitals with the coronavirus and have no way to get food or water. Many have pneumonia and are too weak to go out for supplies. None of the Dine' elderly who are sick and in quarantine contacted by Censored News have received food or water supplies at their homes from the Navajo Nation government officials or tribal workers.