Navajo Nation confirms 9 new cases of COVID-19, total now to 30,914

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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, June 12:

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 30,914
  • Total Negative Results: 225,586
  • Total Tests Administered: 277,172
  • Recovered: 29,518
  • Deaths: 1,340

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation

The following numbers are reported as of Saturday, June 11. According to the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, 19 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to accurately place them in a service unit.

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,613
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,971
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 3,671
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,903
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,740
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,252
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,756
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,989

Healthcare facilities across the Navajo Nation continue to disperse COVID-19 vaccines during drive-thru events or by appointment. Those wanting to receive their vaccine are asked to contact their health care provider for additional information from their Service Unit.

As stated in the Public Health Order No. 2021-011 which was issued on May 21, the Navajo Nation remains in the “Yellow Status” for businesses. The status includes the following:

  • Restaurants may provide indoor dining at 50% of maximum occupancy
  • Marinas and parks are allowed to ope at 50% of maximum occupancy to Navajo Nation residents, citizens and employees only (no visitors or tourists)
  • Tour businesses must follow the HCOC Reopening Guidelines for Tour Businesses
  • Museums and zoos are allowed to open at 50% of maximum occupancy
  • Flea markets and roadside markets are allowed in accordance with guidelines issued by HCOC including
    • Temporary food stands are permitted to operate under the same provisions as temporary food service establishment under the Navajo Nation Food Service Sanitation Code/Regulations.
    • Permit and food handler’s card are required to be displayed during operation.
    • If expired, any vendor must renew permit and food handler’s card prior to
    • Management entities overseeing or managing the site where vending is occurring,
      shall be responsible for ensuring that these guidelines are followed. Management
      Entity: The owner of the permanent property where temporary vendors are
      conducting business. Includes individuals, businesses, and local governance units
  • Youth programs, gyms, recreation facilities and movie theaters are not allowed in the Yellow Phase
  • All businesses are required to submit a COVID-19 Reopening Plan to the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development before reopening in the Yellow Status

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.

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