90 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths reported as Navajo Nation surpasses all states in testing
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation. The total number of deaths remains at 140, as reported on Saturday. Preliminary reports from a few health care facilities indicate that approximately 544 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with more reports still pending.
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 4,002. A total of 24,886 COVID-19 tests have been administered with 18,380 negative results. In March, health care experts projected that the Navajo Nation would see its peak in new cases in mid-May.
“The Navajo Nation is now engaged in large-scale testing and we are now testing at a greater rate than any other state in the country based on population.” — Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation President
Thank you to everyone who is abiding by the order and staying home. Now, when the weekend lockdown order ends on Monday we have to remember that there remains at stay-at-home order and a daily curfew that remain in effect,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
The Navajo Nation’s 57-hour weekend lockdown remains in effect until Monday. The lockdowns include the closure of all businesses to deter traveling and to keep people home and safe from the COVID-19 virus. The order states that residents can leave their homesites only in cases of safety, health, or medical emergencies. The Health Operations Command Center urges anyone who feels they might have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to immediately contact their medical provider.
“When we overcome COVID-19, it will be due to the collective cooperation and contributions of our Navajo citizens, health care workers, Navajo police, EMT’s, and many others who are helping and prayer for our people. We know everyone is tired, but we have to keep fighting and we can’t let up on this virus. We have yet to see a consistent decline in daily new cases, but I have faith that everything we are doing now is having a positive impact on the entire pandemic on the Navajo Nation. We may not see it now, but we are slowly beating the virus day by day,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.