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68 Navajo communities identified with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19

Navajo Nation
Posted at 2:18 PM, Dec 28, 2020

Navajo health officials announced Monday that almost 70 communities have experienced uncontrolled spreads of COVID-19 in the past two weeks.

The Navajo Department of Health revealed 68 communities have been dealing with uncontrolled COVID-19 spreads from Dec. 11 through Christmas Eve.

Although there has been a slight decrease in the number of communities being impacted by uncontrolled spreads of the virus, Navajo health officials do not want their communities to let their guard down.

The Navajo Department of Health said it has extended the stay-at-home lockdown that requires everyone to remain home unless you are an essential worker who has to report to work, for cases of emergencies, to pick-up medication, to get food and water, and other essential activities.

The stay-at-home order went into effect Monday and will last until Jan. 11, 2021.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer also have extended limitations of Navajo Nationa government services through Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, because of the rise of COVID-19 cases.

“Our health care workers have never given up on fighting for us, so let’s do our very best to help them by staying home more often. The coronavirus only moves when we move, so let’s stay home as much as possible to help isolate COVID-19. Thank you to all of the first responders and health care workers who are working through the holidays for us,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.

To learn more about the Navajo Department of Health's resources available to help avoid the spread of COVID-19, click here.