Navajo Nation confirms 121 new cases of COVID-19, total now to 26,073

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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 Friday, January 15:

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 26,073
  • Total Negative Results: 177,601
  • Total Tests Administered: 221,512
  • Recovered: 13,510
  • Deaths: 908

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation

The following numbers are reported as of Thursday, January 14. According to the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, 51 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to accurately place them in a service unit.

  • Chinle Service Unit: 4,828
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,622
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 2,701
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,174
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,428
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 4,583
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,043
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,657

The Navajo Nation reports that drive-thru vaccinations are scheduled this week for individuals who are 65-years-old and older. Those who would like to receive the vaccine are asked to contact their health care provider and to ask when vaccines will be available in the area or to schedule an appointment to receive one. Community Health Representatives are also reportedly visiting the homes of elders to administer the vaccines.

The Navajo Dept. of Health has issued Public Health Order No. 2021-001 due to consistent reports of high numbers of daily COVID-19 cases. The order goes into effect on Monday, January 11, 2021, through Monday, January 25, 2021 and includes the following:

  • Extends the stay-at-home lockdown which requires all residents to remain at home 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of essential workers that have to report to work, emergency situations, to get essential food, medication, and supplies, tend to livestock, exercise outdoors within the immediate vicinity of your home, wood gathering, and haling with a permit.
  • Re-implements full 57-hour weekend lockdowns for two additional weekends including 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. on January 15, 2021, through January 18, 2021, and for the same hours on January 22, 2021, through January 25, 2021.
  • Essential businesses such as gas stations, grocery stores, laundromats, restaurants and food establishments that provide drive-thru and curbside services, and hay vendors can operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday only.
  • Refrain from gathering with individuals from outside your immediate household and requiring all residents to wear a mask in pubic, avoid public gatherings, maintain social distancing, and to remain in your vehicle for curbside and drive-thru services.

The Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-001 can be viewed online.

The Office of the Navajo Nation President and Vice President also reports that President Nez and Vice President Lizer have issued Executive Order No. 002-21 which extends the limitation of Navajo Nation government services through Sunday, January 24, 2021, due to the high rate of COVID-19 cases on the Nation.

The Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service reports that they have started the second phase of vaccinations on the Navajo Nation which is referred to as Phase 1B. This phase includes high-risk individuals, those who are ages 65 years old and older, adults in congregate settings, spiritual leaders, frontline essential workers, first responders, essential infrastructure workers, and essential businesses.

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

The Navajo Department of Health reports that it continues to work with PAE and AMI to provide Isolation Sites (ISO) and the Alternate Care Site on the Navajo Nation which includes hotels that allow people who test positive for the virus to prevent spread among household members and others. The Navajo Nation states that individuals who are awaiting test results can also quarantine at the ISO hotel facilities.

Site locations:

  • Chinle, AZ – ACS and ISO in community center; quarantine and court-ordered container pods
  • Farmington, NM – ISO & Quarantine Hotel
  • Tuba City, AZ – ISO & Quarantine Hotel

Expectations at each site include:

  • 7-10 days for isolation and to quarantine 1-2 days while awaiting test results
  • May need to be transferred to a hospital if symptoms escalate
  • Be respectful of other guests and staff members
  • No visitors will be allowed at ISOs
  • Security on-site 24/7
  • If you choose to leave, you acknowledge that you may be contagious and can infect other people

According to the Navajo Nation, the process for isolation at one of the ISO hotels requires a referral from a clinician, a public health nurse, a community health representative, or a social worker who can call the COVID-19 Coordination Center at 1-844-935-3932.

“In certain regions of the country, we are seeing patients being turned away at hospitals and ICUs reaching full capacity, but here on the Navajo Nation we are starting to see our numbers of new cases of COVID-19 flattening out. We still do not know the impact of the Christmas holiday and we will continue to urge our people to celebrate the New Year safely at home with only immediate household members. The more we travel and the more that people hold in-person gatherings, the greater the risk of spreading the coronavirus. We have to stay focused on bringing down the numbers of COVID-19 cases even more to help our health care workers and to save more lives. Please pray, stay home as much as possible, wear your masks, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and wash your hands often,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez in a press release on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

The Navajo Department of Health reports that it continues to offer free COVID-19 testing sites at the following locations on the following days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Mondays: Kayenta Chapter and Tuba City Chapter
  • Tuesdays: Chinle Chapter
  • Wednesdays: Dilkon Chapter and St. Michaels Chapter
  • Thursdays: Crownpoint Chapter and Shiprock Chapter

Those attending the drive-thru testing sites are asked to complete a testing form before or at the site and to stay in your car when you arrive. Individuals that test positive will be notified between two to three days. Officials ask residents to answer phone calls as results will not be left on voicemail or text. You can also call the Coordination Center at 1-844-935-3932 for results and information on Nation COVID-19 isolation and quarantine resources.

The Navajo Department of Health website now 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 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.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 Resources


New Mexico Coronavirus Resource Guide

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