Navajo Nation warns of 'uncontrolled' COVID-19 spread in some communities

Navajo Nation
Posted at 9:58 AM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 12:06:39-05

NAVAJO NATION — The Navajo Nation has issued a Health Advisory Notice warning of the “uncontrolled spread” of coronavirus in some communities.

The notice was put out Wednesday morning from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer.

More than two dozen communities were included in the advisory:

  • Alamo
  • Aneth
  • Bird Springs
  • Bodaway/Gap
  • Cameron
  • Casamero Lake
  • Churchrock
  • Counselor
  • Coyote Canyon
  • Crownpoint
  • Dilkon
  • Ganado
  • Indian Wells
  • Iyanbito
  • Jeddito
  • Kaibeto
  • Leupp
  • Nahatadziil
  • Red Mesa
  • Round Rock
  • Sanostee
  • Sheepsprings
  • Shiprock
  • Teesto
  • Tohajiilee
  • Tolani Lake
  • Tonalea
  • Torreon
  • Two Grey Hills

“The uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 means that people who are testing positive in these areas likely do not know where or how they contracted the virus. We are back to the point of community spread in certain parts of the Navajo Nation. We strongly urge everyone to take precautions and to keep their guard up. Stay home as much as possible, always wear a mask in public, practice social distancing, avoid large crowds including family gatherings, and wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer in public,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

The Navajo Nation’s daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. remains in effect.

Officials are urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

An online town hall is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. MST on Thursday, Nov. 5, on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page.