Latest Coronavirus Death Makes 14 In Navajo Nation

Apr 6, 2020, 1:39 PM | Updated: 1:40 pm

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FILE: The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation has confirmed a 14th death from the coronavirus. As of numbers released Monday, there were a total of 354 cases on the reservation – an increase of 33 cases from Saturday.

A total of 2,150 people have been tested.

The Navajo Nation has put a stay at home order and a daily curfew into effect. That stay at home order does not include essential employees, according to a news release. The curfew mandated that people stay home between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Navajo police have been setting up checkpoints on roads to enforce the orders. They were issuing citations and fines to violators, according to Chief Phillip B. Francisco.

“You may be young and healthy, but please be mindful of your elders – your parents and grandparents,” Navajo President Jonathan Nez said in the release. “Their immune system may not be as strong as yours and they need to be protected.”

He said the majority of the 14 people who have died as a result of COVID-19 were age 60 and older.

Nez said the pandemic has likely not yet reached its peak on the reservation.

The Navajo Reservation spans the Four Corners area that includes part of southeastern Utah. Here’s a county by county breakdown of reported coronavirus cases on the reservation.

  • San Juan County, UT: 7
  • Navajo County, AZ: 149
  • Apache County, AZ: 33
  • Coconino County, AZ: 94
  • McKinley County, NM: 17
  • San Juan County, NM: 45
  • Cibola County, NM: 7
  • Socorro County, NM: 2

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Latest Coronavirus Death Makes 14 In Navajo Nation