Navajo Nation keeps stay-home order, lifts weekend lockdowns

Coronavirus New Mexico

The sun rises over the Navajo Nation Reservation on Sept. 24, 2020, near Pinon, Ariz. (Megan Marples/Cronkite News via AP)

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has announced it is extending its stay-at-home order with a revised nightly curfew to limit the spread of COVID-19 while lifting weekend lockdowns to allow more vaccination events.

The actions in the Navajo Nation’s latest public health emergency order will take effect Monday and run through at least Feb. 15, tribal officials announced late Thursday. The daily curfew will run daily from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., officials said.

The tribe through Thursday reported a total of 26,782 cases and 940 known deaths on the reservation where 75 communities were identified to have uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 from Jan. 1-14. The latest communities added to the list were Bread Springs, Hard Rock, Jeesto, Cove and Mexican Springs.

The number of infections is thought to be higher than reported because many people haven’t been tested. Studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

The Navajo Nation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

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