Navajo Nation confirms 24 new cases of COVID-19, total now to 11,386

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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 Tuesday, October 27:

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 11,386
  • Total Negative Results: 105,831
  • Total Tests Administered: 122,240
  • Recovered: 7,504
  • Deaths: 575

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation

The following numbers are reported as of Tuesday, October 27. The Nation reports nine residences with positive virus cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a service unit.

  • Chinle Service Unit: 2,534
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 1,117
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 1,205
  • Gallup Service Unit: 1,766
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 1,385
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 1,754
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 1,077
  • Winslow Service Unit: 539

The next 56-hour weekend lockdown will start on Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. and will remain in effect until Monday, Nov. 2 at 5 a.m. The daily curfew is from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. the Nez-Lizer administration will host an online town hall on their Facebook page to provide additional updates on COVID-19.

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

The Office of the President and Vice President, Navajo Health Command Operations Center, and Navajo Nation Division of Human Services implemented Phase One of the “Navajo Nation Reopening Plan” on Monday, August 17. The plans will serve as guidance in order for the Nation to reopen businesses safely and gradually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan includes safety guidelines for residents to follow through the duration of the pandemic, directs places of business to implement COVID-19 policies and procedures that meet specific standards, and offers a color-coded system for reopening businesses on the Nation based on data analysis and health expert input. For more information on the reopening plan, visit navajoreopening.navajo-nsn.gov.

The Navajo Nation COVID-19 Worksite Safety Guidelines have also been created for Navajo Nation Divisions and Departments to follow as Executive Branch employees’ administrative leave ended on August 16.

During an online town Tuesday, August 11, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez urged Navajo Nation residents to continue wearing protective masks in public throughout the upcoming flu season, which begins in October.

Navajo Nation officials also continue to urge residents to continue wearing masks, stay home as much as possible, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and wash their hands frequently. The stay at home order remains in effect and individuals are urged to strictly limit movement and public contact with others. Residents may leave their homes to perform essential activities or for emergencies.

Individuals are required to avoid close contact with those that are sick, wash their hands for 20-seconds frequently, avoid touching high-touch surfaces, wear a mask, clean and disinfect your residence, avoid public gatherings, and to avoid non-essential travel.

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.

The Navajo Nation reports that after an individual tests positive for COVID-19, health care providers may refer them to an isolation site for two weeks in order to prevent the spread of the virus. While the majority of patients who test positive will have a mild illness and should be able to recover at home in a separate room, those who are not able to do so or those who don’t have stable and safe housing may be eligible for care at an isolation site.

According to a press release by the Navajo Nation, isolation sites are for short term and patients are expected to leave once they test negative for the virus or have completed the recommended time of self-isolation. If an individual chooses to leave the site for personal reasons before they recover, they must acknowledge that they could be contagious and may infect others.

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 http://www.ndoh.navajonsn.gov/COVID-19. 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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