Navajo Nation confirms 131 new cases of COVID-19, total now to 5,479

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COVID-19 cases as of May 31, 2020 (courtesy Navajo Dept. of Health)

NAVAJO NATION (KRQE) – The Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center is reporting the following coronavirus numbers as of Monday, June 1:

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 5,479
  • Total Negative Results: 26,180
  • Total Tests Administered: 31,659
  • Recovered: 1,840
  • Deaths: 248

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation

The following numbers are reported as of Monday, June 1. The Nation reports 31 residences are not specific enough to place them accurately in a service unit.

  • Chinle Service Unit: 1,415
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 534
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 292
  • Gallup Service Unit: 922
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 828
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 894
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 460
  • Winslow Service Unit: 103

On Monday, June 1, the Nez-Lizer administration delivered food, water, clothing, masks, and essential items to 620 Navajo families in Lake Valley, Becenti, Standing Rock, and Twin Lakes in New Mexico.

During a town hall on Tuesday, May 26, President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer stated that recent data and new surge projections by the Navajo Area Indian Health Service indicate that the COVID-19 surge peak for IHS hospitalizations occurred from April 21 to April 26. These projections are a month earlier than initial surge projections on March 27.

(courtesy Navajo Area Indian Health Service)

President Nez says the Nation is flattening the curve as 14.6% of citizens have been tested for the virus as of Monday, May 25. The Nation reports it is testing a higher rate per capita than any state in the country.

The Nation reports that it continues to conduct large-scale testing of residents and three Alternative Care Sites are currently being used in Gallup, Shiprock, and Chinle.

The weekend lockdown requires all residents on the Navajo Nation to remain at home except essential workers, first responders, and health care workers. Essential businesses including stores, gas stations, restaurants, drive-thru food establishments, hay vendors shall cease all operations during the lockdown.

President Nez and Vice President Lizer announced they extended the Nation’s declaration of a state of emergency and the closure of Navajo Nation government offices until June 7. The previous declaration was set to expire on May 17.

The Navajo Nation received around $600 million in CARES Act funding on Wednesday, May 6. The funding includes guidelines and provisions from the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Navajo Nation President Nez stated the funding represents only about 60% of the allocation according to the federal government. The president’s administration is currently in the process of reviewing the guidelines and provisions.

On Saturday, May 2 the Navajo Epidemiology Center reported that after further review, 15 cases were duplicated in a previous overall count.

The Nation extended its declaration of a state of emergency as well as the closures of government offices and related entities until May 17. The previous order was set to expire on April 26.

Another Public Emergency Health Order mandates that all individuals on the Navajo Nation wear face masks.

The HCOC states they continue to work with all agencies, local corresponding emergency entities, counties, and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service to collect resources that will aide the Navajo Nation’s COVID-19 emergency response efforts.

The HCOC urges all Navajo Nation citizens to follow the Navajo Nation Public Health Orders that limit public gatherings and have established a curfew that is in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.

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.

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