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Navajo Nation Updates Stay-At-Home Order

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation Department of Health issued a shelter-in-place public health emergency order that requires residents to stay at home and limit movement within the reservation.

“The Navajo Nation has had a stay-at-home order in place since the pandemic began in March, but with the latest public health emergency order we are clarifying and adding new language based on everything we have learned over the last few months,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. “The orders that are in effect are based on the advice and input of our nation’s health care experts. It’s very important that everyone adhere to these provisions in order to keep yourselves and your families safe from the coronavirus.”

The updated order requires all people on the reservation to stay at home and strictly limit movement within and outside of their immediate communities, according to a news release. It said people can leave their homes only for emergencies or “essential activities.”

People are required to avoid close contact with others who are sick and gatherings of more than five people, wear a mask in public, wash hands and disinfect surfaces.

In the latest coronavirus update, the Navajo Department of Health reported 74 new cases and no new deaths. The coronavirus has killed 378 people on the reservation. The number of COVID-19 positive cases is 7,914.

“Our numbers have flattened and we are on the right track, but areas around our nation are seeing numbers increase dramatically,” said Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer. “Several reports indicate that one in four COVID-19 tests are positive in Arizona at this point.”

The Navajo Nation is an area roughly the size of West Virginia in the Four Corners region that includes southern Utah’s San Juan County.

There are also public orders for the reservation that include a nightly curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day as well as weekend-long lockdowns that last from 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.

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