Navajo Nation confirms 16 new cases of COVID-19, total now to 30,255

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Shiprock rock formation in the Four Corners region of the New Mexico desert. (Adobe Spark)

NAVAJO NATION (KRQE) – The Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center is reporting the following coronavirus numbers as of Saturday, April 10:

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 30,255*
  • Total Negative Results: 207,675
  • Total Tests Administered: 257,625
  • Recovered: 16,430
  • Deaths: 1,262

*includes one delayed reported case.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation

The following numbers are reported as of Saturday, April 10. According to the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, 18 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to accurately place them in a service unit.

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,533
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,912
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 3,607
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,769
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,684
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,083
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,675
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,974

The Navajo Department of Health issued Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-007 extending the “Safer at Home” order on March 26 which revises the daily curfew hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and allows businesses to stay open one additional hour until 9 p.m. each day of the week.

The public health order creates the following provisions to allow outdoor “drive-in” gatherings during non-curfew hours:

  1. Outdoor “drive-in” gatherings only, in which people from the same vehicle remain in their vehicles.
  2. Vehicles are parked at least six (6) feet from other vehicles, in all four directions. 
  3. Organizers and participants wear masks. 
  4. Gathering is conducted in a no-contact manner and maintaining social distancing standards. 
  5. Event organizers are also required to:
    •  Limit the number of people in a restroom to no more than five (5) people. 
    • Ensure that people have access to a handwashing station, sanitizer, or gloves. 
    • Ensure that high-touch surfaces are regularly disinfected. 

The Navajo Department of Health identified two communities with an uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 from Feb. 26, 2021, to March 11, 2021. Those communities are Baca Prewitt and Coyote Canyon.

The Office of the President and Vice President of the Navajo Nation reports that health care facilities across the Nation continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines during drive-thru events or by appointment. If you’d like to receive the vaccine, residents are urged to contact their health care providers for additional information for their Service Unit.

The Navajo Health Command Operations Center has an online registration form available for individuals who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Navajo Nation reports the online registry will help with the planning and allocation of vaccines and in scheduling individuals at the appropriate health facility.

COVID-19 testing schedules are available online at the Navajo Health Command Operations Center website.

The Navajo Department of Health website features a COVID-19 interactive dashboard that features maps and visuals as well as real-time updates.

Health officials are urging residents not to drink or inject bleach, Lysol, or any other disinfectants as a treatment for COVID-19. Do not use hand sanitizers that contain methanol which is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. Residents are also urged not to mix chemicals and to keep them out of the reach of children.

The Navajo Nation previously reported that health care experts were reporting cases of individuals drinking hand sanitizer which has resulted in hospital visits and several people in critical condition. Swallowing hand alcohol-based sanitizer can cause alcohol poisoning.

If you or someone you know needs assistance dealing with stress or the emotional effects of COVID-19, you are asked to call the Navajo Regional Behavioral Health Center at 505-368-1438 or 505-368-1467 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit
the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please
call (928) 871-7014.

This story will be updated with the most recent information available.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 Resources

New Mexico Coronavirus Resource Guide

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