Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 11, 2022

COVID: Masks Mandated on Pine Ridge, Rapid Spread on Navajo Nation

Dineh volunteer Bitahnii Wilson delivers water to Dineh and Hopi
elders and others in need. K'eh Native Action.

COVID: Masks Mandated on Pine Ridge, Rapid Spread on Navajo Nation 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Oglala Lakota Nation said masks are now required due to the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19.

"As of today, August 11, 2022, Oglala Lakota County has gone into the High COVID-19 Community Level. Per Oglala Sioux Tribe Ordinance 22-53, Masks are now Mandatory in Oglala Lakota County," the Oglala Lakota Nation said.

CDC August 12, 2022 Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota
High level COVID

On the Navajo Nation, there were 226 new cases, and four deaths, reported on Wednesday. Today, there were 127 new cases of COVID. Now, 1,871 Dineh have died from the virus. Currently, 69 Navajo communities have an uncontrolled spread of the virus, the Navajo Nation said.

The CDC reported Thursday evening that Apache County, which includes the Navajo Nation and White Mountain Apache Nation, has a high level of COVID.

Apache County in Arizona has high level of COVID
August 12, 2022

Nationwide, Indian Health Service reports that the IHS service area of Bemidji, Minnesota has the largest increase in COVID cases this week. The IHS service areas of Navajo, Portland, Oregon, and the Great Plains show rapid increases.

The State of New Mexico, which provides daily updates, reports the continuous spread of COVID in Navajo area bordertown businesses in Gallup and Farmington. Today, employees tested positive for the virus in Gallup and Farmington businesses. Safeway grocery in Gallup has five employees with COVID.

The CDC reported Thursday evening that New Mexico has multiple regions with high levels of COVID.

The CDC reports high levels of COVID in three regions of New Mexico.

The CDC shows about half of the counties in North Dakota have high levels of COVID
on Thursday evening.

The Navajo Nation reports that 69 communities have an uncontrolled spread of COVID.

The Navajo Nation has one of the highest vaccination rates in the United States.

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