Navajo Leaders Cite Rising Case Numbers In West As Weekend Lockdown Approaches
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Just hours before another weekend lockdown is set to take effect on the Navajo Nation, leaders reminded residents that cases in bordering Utah, New Mexico and Arizona are rapidly increasing as the reservation tries to keep the spread of COVID-19 below peak levels.
The lockdown is part of a set of stringent measures the Navajo Nation has used to emerge from being one of the country’s hottest areas in the United States for spiking COVID-19 cases.
“This weekend, stay home and do not travel off the Navajo Nation,' Nez said in a release. 'Look at the numbers in the…
Those measures included daily curfews and several weekend lockdowns. This weekend’s 57-hour long lockdown begins at 8 p.m. Friday.
Navajo police have been enforcing the lockdowns with checkpoints and fines.
The most recent information from the Navajo health department reported 79 new cases and two deaths. There are now 407 deaths and 8,486 positive cases of coronavirus on the reservation.
The reservation lies is in the Four Corners area that includes Utah’s San Juan County.
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has repeated multiple times over the last few weeks that all of the curfews and lockdowns are flattening the curve.
“This weekend stay home and do not travel off the Navajo Nation. Look at the numbers in the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah – they are all seeing increases in the number of people contracting the coronavirus. The safest place for you to be is at home here on the Navajo Nation,” Nez said in a news release.
Nez also urged residents to get their shopping and errands done before the lockdown begins. Stores on the reservation will be closed Friday night through early Monday morning.
“Think of your parents and grandparents, chances are they are more susceptible to getting the virus so let’s keep our guard up. Wear your masks, practice social distancing, wash your hands often, stay home and pray for yourselves and your loved ones,” said Nez.
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