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Navajo Nation to Enter 56-Hour Long Weekend Lockdown; 31 New Cases, No New Deaths


WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation reported 31 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths Thursday as it prepared to begin yet another 57-hour long weekend lockdown.

The Navajo Department of Health said 10,819 people have tested positive for the disease since the pandemic started.

Officials have been keeping a close eye on the spiking number of cases in the three states that encompass the reservation.

Utah reported 1,496 new cases Friday which is the third-highest daily total of new cases. Utah also reported 8 deaths.

New Mexico also reporting record numbers and cases in Arizona are increasing again.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said, “This is very troubling for everyone, including Navajo Nation residents that live near border towns. As we have stated many times before, the safest place to be is at home here on the Navajo Nation,” said Navajo President Jonathan Nez. “Please make good decisions and please wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and stay home as much as possible.”

The reservation has effectively used weekend lockdowns as it beat back spiking cases earlier this year that made it one of the hardest-hit areas in the country.

This weekend’s lockdown begins at 9 p.m. Friday and ends at 5 a.m. Monday. A daily curfew is also in effect on weekdays. No businesses

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