Navajo Nation confirms 15 new cases of COVID-19, total now to 30,708

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NAVAJO NATION (KRQE) – The Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center is reporting the following coronavirus numbers as of Saturday, May 15:

  • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 30,708
  • Total Negative Results: 218,907
  • Total Tests Administered: 270,012
  • Recovered: 29,302
  • Deaths: 1,292

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation

The following numbers are reported as of Saturday, May 15. 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: 5,591
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,947
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 3,656
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,878
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,723
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,183
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,734
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,983

According to the Office of the President and Vice President, the Navajo Nation has transitioned into Yellow Status in accordance with Public Health Order No. 2021-009. The status includes the following:

  • Restaurants may provide indoor dining at 25% of maximum occupancy
  • Marinas and parks are allowed to open at 25% of maximum occupancy to Navajo Nation residents, citizens and employees only
  • Tour businesses must follow the HCOC Reopening Guidelines for Tour Businesses
  •  Museums are allowed to open at 25% of maximum occupancy
  • 50% of maximum occupancy allowed for most businesses
  • Restaurants and Dining facilities: drive-thru and curb-side permissible
  •  Restaurants with permanent outdoor dining may provide outdoor dining at 50% of maximum occupancy, as long as social distancing between tables is enforced
  • Restaurants without permanent outdoor dining are allowed up to 10 outdoor tables (max 4 persons per table), as long as social distancing between tables is enforced
  • Personal Care and Services: service by appointment only and allow time for cleaning between appointments
  • Casinos and video poker: Navajo casinos are allowed to open at 50% of maximum occupancy to Navajo Nation residents, citizens and employees only

A separate order, Public Health Order No. 2021-010 allows gatherings including traditional ceremonies of 15 or fewer people with face masks and social distancing required. Additionally, churches are allowed gatherings with 50% or less of maximum occupancy allowed in any enclosed space with masks and social distancing enforced.

Drive-thru gatherings of up to 50 vehicles are allowed but individuals must stay in their vehicles, wear masks, and cannot have person-to-person contact between individuals in separate vehicles.

The daily curfew is from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the entire Navajo Nation.

The Office of the President and Vice President of the Navajo Nation reports that health care facilities across the Nation continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines during drive-thru events or by appointment. If you’d like to receive the vaccine, residents are urged to contact their health care providers for additional information for their Service Unit.

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.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 Resources

New Mexico Coronavirus Resource Guide

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