August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Navajo Nation reports more than 6,000 coronavirus cases, as 20 states show an increase in cases


The grassroots Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund in Chinle. Photo by Karney Hatch.
Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund delivering to the elderly and immune-compromised in Chinle. Photo by Karney Hatch.

The Navajo Nation reports more than 6,000 coronavirus cases, as 20 states show an increase in cases

Article by Brenda Norrell
Photos by Karney Hatch, Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund
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Across the United States on Sunday, 20 states reported increases in coronavirus cases. The Navajo Nation reported 102 new cases and three more deaths on Sunday. The total number of deaths are now 277,  with 6,020 cases reported.

On Sunday, San Juan County reported the largest number of new cases in the state of New Mexico. McKinley County reported the highest number of deaths from the virus in the state this week.

Meanwhile, individuals and grassroots organizations are struggling to meet the needs of those in quarantine at home, while the Navajo Nation government is shut down.

Navajos with pneumonia and the coronavirus are being sent home from hospitals at an alarming rate and told to quarantine, with little medicine or information. They are too weak to go out to pick up donated food and many do not have transportation, electricity or running water.

The volunteers at the grassroots Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund deliver food and supplies to the homes of the elderly and immune-compromised, after raising their own funds, purchasing wholesome foods and sterilizing all items.