Navajo Nation reports 115 COVID-19 cases; imposes stricter guidelines

Navajo Nation
Posted at 12:52 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 15:55:09-04

WINDOW ROCK, AZ — The Navajo Nation is reporting 115 cases of COVID-19 and a total of two deaths.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer released a statement Sunday with the updated number of cases provided by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service.

According to the statement, the 115 confirmed cases include the following counties:
Navajo County, AZ: 57
Apache County, AZ: 18
Coconino County, AZ: 19
McKinley County, NM: 6
San Juan County, NM: 12
Cibola County, NM: 1
San Juan County, UT: 2

During a news conference Sunday afternoon, President Nez implemented a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily for the entire Navajo Nation that will go into effect Monday March, 30.

"We've reached a point where our medical facilities and health care workers are in dire need of more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), hospital beds, and other critical resources and it's only going to increase if people continue to ignore orders to stay home as much as possible," said President Nez.

A Public Health Emergency "Stay at Home Order" remains in effect requiring all residents of the Navajo Nation to remain home and isolated and all non-essential businesses to close to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Read the full statement here.