Navajo Nation’s 7-Day Average Of New COVID-19 Cases Drops Below 33
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Just two weeks after the Navajo Nation reported a milestone in controlling the spread of COVID-19 on the reservation, the tribe has started building on an even more impressive milestone.
On July 21, Navajo health officials reported more than 30-consecutive days with fewer than 100 new cases.
A brief analysis of case counts on the reservation showed the nation’s seven-day rolling average of new cases was at 32.4 Tuesday.
— Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez (@NNPrezNez) July 22, 2020
The data also showed the reservation only reported once during that time more than 50 cases — 51 new cases were reported on July 30.
Navajo leaders have been praising tribal members as they endure extraordinary measures to control the spread of the disease. The reservation enforced nightly curfews and weekend lockdowns that ordered people to stay home and businesses to close.
Just a few months ago, the Navajo Nation was an area with the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 in the country.
With a fragile health care system and few resources, the Navajo Nation has seen more coronavirus deaths per capita than any U.S. state. @CynthiaMcFadden took a cross-country road trip to see how the Navajo people managed to flatten the curve against all odds. pic.twitter.com/c4F8Wn6h0j
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 3, 2020
The most recent information from Navajo officials showed 9,139 people on the reservation have tested positive for coronavirus. The 2010 census said there were 173,667 residents on the reservation. Using those numbers, 5.26% of all Navajo Nation residents have tested positive for the disease, which has also killed 462 people.
The reservation is in the Four Corners area, which includes part of southeastern Utah.
The problem was so severe several government agencies, charities and even U2 drummer Larry Mullen sent food, money and other assistance to the reservation.
Navajo Nation New Case Counts Since July 28:
Monday, Aug. 3: 36 new cases
Sunday, Aug. 2: 35
Saturday, Aug. 1: 13
Friday, July 31: 36
Thursday, July 30: 51
Wednesday, July 29: 41
Tuesday, July 28: 15
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