Navajo Nation confirms 78 new cases of COVID-19, total now to 5,808

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NAVAJO NATION (KRQE) – The Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center is reporting the following coronavirus numbers as of Friday, June 5:

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 5,808
  • Total Negative Results: 29,227*
  • Total Tests Administered: 37,686*
  • Recovered: 2,576
  • Deaths: 269

*updated numbers pending

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation

The following numbers are reported as of Friday, June 5. The Nation reports 6 residences are not specific enough to place them accurately in a service unit.

  • Chinle Service Unit: 1,502
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 557
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 324
  • Gallup Service Unit: 980
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 877
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 962
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 474
  • Winslow Service Unit: 126

The Nez-Lizer administration distributed food and supplies to 731 families in the White Cone, Leupp, Tolani Lake, Birdsprings, and Indian Wells communities on Thursday, June 5.

President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer on Wednesday signed an executive order that extends the closures of the Navajo Nation government offices and entities to July 5, 2020. Another Public Health Emergency Order will be issued to extend the duration of the daily curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and to pause the 57-hour weekend lockdowns.

During a town hall meeting, the president explained how the Nation will continue to fight the pandemic and address the needed relief for families, workers, and businesses which is outlined in the comprehensive expenditure plan for the$600 million that came from the federal CARES Act. The plan outlines immediate expenditure of $50.5 million for PPE, care packages for COVID-19 families, hazard pay for Navajo Nation essential employees, deep sanitation of Navajo government offices, reconfiguration of offices, telework computer systems, and assistance to P.L. 93-638 healthcare facilities.

President Nez reminds residents that the Public Health Emergency Order is still in effect which requires all individuals on the Navajo Nation to wear protective masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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.

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 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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