96 New COVID-19 Cases, Five Deaths On Navajo Nation Over Weekend

Jun 22, 2020, 9:10 PM | Updated: 9:11 pm
Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation.(Photo by Phillip Smith)...
Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation.(Photo by Phillip Smith)
(Photo by Phillip Smith)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation reported five deaths and 96 new coronavirus cases on the reservation for Saturday and Sunday.

Health officials said 335 people have now died from COVID-19.

More than 3,600 people have recovered from the disease. Nearly 7,000 people tested positive and 49,027 people have been tested.

“The Navajo Nation health care facilities continue to test our citizens at a greater rate per capita than any state in the country. Over 20 percent of our residents have been tested,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.  “The Nation also has a contact tracing team to address the increased number of cases and to begin identifying the places and people the patient was in contact with to deter more cases.”

Another 57-hour long weekend lockdown ended Monday morning. People were told to stay home for the weekend and Navajo police enforced the lockdown with roadblocks and citations. All businesses were closed.

“We encourage our Navajo citizens to keep their guard up, stay home, wear your mask, wash their hands and practice social distancing. Don’t back down.” Nez said.

Another 57-hour long weekend begins Friday night and there is a daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. the following day.

Vice President Myron Lizer said, “As we enter into a new week, we ask our citizens to be safe and be alert. Help each other to take care of one another.”

The Navajo Nation is in the Four Corners area, including part of Utah’s San Juan County.

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96 New COVID-19 Cases, Five Deaths On Navajo Nation Over Weekend