*Updated* Navajo Nation COVID-19 Cases Total: 15,616 (+221), 640 Deaths (+2)

The total number of deaths is now 640 as of Wednesday. Reports indicate that 8,588 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and 153,292 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 15,616, which includes 21 delayed unreported cases.

From the office of the Navajo Nation President & Vice President

November 25, 2020

On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 221 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and two more deaths. The total number of deaths is now 640 as of Wednesday. Reports indicate that 8,588 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and 153,292 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 15,616, which includes 21 delayed unreported cases.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

· Chinle Service Unit: 3,275

· Crownpoint Service Unit: 1,716

· Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 1,625

· Gallup Service Unit: 2,538

· Kayenta Service Unit: 1,648

· Shiprock Service Unit: 2,347

· Tuba City Service Unit: 1,605

· Winslow Service Unit: 849

* 13 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

On Wednesday, the state of New Mexico reported 1,873 new cases of COVID-19, the state of Arizona reported 3,982 new cases, and Utah reported 1,781 cases.

“This Thanksgiving Day holiday, please be safe and do not hold family gatherings with anyone outside of your immediate household. By inviting guests and other relatives into your home, you are creating substantial risks for you and your family members. We have to be diligent and make good choices, which aren’t the easiest. If you need groceries or other essential items, only send one family member into the store and always remember to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and avoid crowded areas. We can beat this virus and we will eventually, but we have a challenging road ahead before we get there. Please remain strong and continue to pray for yourselves and others,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

The Navajo Nation’s three-week stay-at-home lockdown is in effect 24-hours a day, seven days a week with the exception of essential workers, cases of emergencies, and to purchase essential items such as food and medication when essential businesses are open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. Public health officials continue to urge the public not to hold in-person gatherings with non-household members on Thanksgiving Day due to COVID-19 risks. Navajo Area IHS and 638 hospitals continue to offer COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites this week, except for the holiday.

On Wednesday, the Nez-Lizer team, Miss Navajo Shaandiin Parrish, and World Central Kitchen distributed well over 4,265 turkeys and food boxes in the communities of Crownpoint, N.M., Window Rock, and to health care and NTUA workers.

“Be safe this Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. Please continue to practice the safety measures recommended by public health officials to protect your families and loved ones. As you celebrate, please remember all of our first responders who will be working around the clock to save lives. Please think of them before deciding whether or not to go into public. We will continue to pray for our people, especially those who are grieving the loss of a loved one during this time. Please remember that we are not alone and that we are in this struggle together and we will overcome,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.

For more information, including helpful prevention tips, and resources to help stop the spread of COVID-19, visit the Navajo Department of Health's COVID-19 website: http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. For COVID-19 related questions and information, call (928) 871-7014.

 

More from COVID-19/Coronavirus

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    The Department of Health on Wednesday also reported 116 new cases and four additional deaths in San Juan County, New Mexico related to COVID-19.

  • LaPlata County: CO COVID-19 Dial Level RED on Friday

    San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are moving La Plata County to COVID-19 Dial Level Red: Severe Risk beginning Friday, November 20. The new Severe Risk level does entail new public health restrictions on businesses, events, and social gatherings. Moving levels is urgently needed to flatten case growth in La Plata County. The disease is prevalent enough in the community that it is leading to daily exposures and staff quarantines in all types of workplaces, including agencies providing critical services.

  • Navajo Nation Announces 3-week Stay-At-Home Order

    Only essential businesses will be allowed to operate during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (MST) daily – weekdays and weekends. All essential businesses including gas stations, grocery stores, laundromats, and restaurants and food establishments are required to ensure employees and customers wear masks, practice social distancing, disinfect high-touch surfaces, access to hand wash stations, sanitizers and gloves, and limit the number of customers in any enclosed areas. Restaurants and food establishments must operate on a curbside or drive-thru basis only.

  • College HHPC & Cosmetology Salon to Temporarily Close Under New Public Health Order

    “The Governor’s recent order does not address higher education institutions, so for now the College will proceed with classes as scheduled,” says San Juan College President Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass. “We encourage everyone to please continue to adhere to COVID safe practices.”

  • NM Shuts Down: Gov. Unveils Strict COVID-19 Rules Nov. 16-30

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  • San Juan County Public Health Order Changes

    In response to the Public Health Order issued on November 11, 2020, San Juan County is moving to  limited essential services, across all county departments. County Staff will maintain essential county services, while observing COVID Safe Practices in the workplace, and county buildings will remain closed to the public.

  • Farmington Closures/Changes as of Nov. 16, 2020

    The City of Farmington continues to monitor the coronavirus situation and will provide updates as they become available. 

  • FMS: All Students Switch to Remote Learning November 30, 2020

    FMS will continue to serve free breakfast, lunch and snacks to all children ages 1-18 at curbside locations through November 20. On Friday, November 20, FMS will offer 7-day meal packets for families to utilize through the week of November 23-27 from 3-4:30 at four locations - Central Kitchen, Bluffview Elementary, Tibbetts Middle School and Piedra Vista High School. On Monday, November 30, free meals will continue to be served at the FMS curbside locations and select delivery sites.

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