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Navajo Nation issues health advisory for ‘uncontrolled’ coronavirus spread

Nov 5, 2020, 4:25 AM | Updated: 2:52 pm

President Jonathan Nez. (Facebook Screenshot/Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice Presiden...

President Jonathan Nez. (Facebook Screenshot/Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer)

(Facebook Screenshot/Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer)

PHOENIX — The Navajo Nation has issued a health advisory for 29 communities warning of “uncontrolled spread” of coronavirus.

The communities affected are Alamo, Aneth, Bird Springs, Bodaway/Gap, Cameron, Casamero Lake, Churchrock, Counselor, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Dilkon, Ganado, Indian Wells, Iyanbito, Jeddito, Kaibeto, Leupp, Nahatadziil, Red Mesa, Round Rock, Sanostee, Sheepsprings, Shiprock, Teesto, Tohajiilee, Tolani Lake, Tonalea, Torreon and Two Grey Hills.

“The uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 means that people who are testing positive in these areas likely do not know where or how they contracted the virus,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a press relase.

“We are back to the point of community spread in certain parts of the Navajo Nation. We strongly urge everyone to take precautions and to keep their guard up.”

As of Nov. 3, Navajo Nation recorded 11,947 total coronavirus cases and 582 deaths.

A daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. remains in effect.

Officials are urging people to continue to wear masks, social distance and limit gatherings to less than five people.

“Protect yourselves and continue to be strong as we move forward through this pandemic. Please
think of your children, elders, and those with underlying health conditions,” Vice President Myron Lizer said.

“We have to remain optimistic and never lose hope because eventually we will overcome this pandemic. Keep praying for our first responders, our leaders, and all of our Navajo people as we move forward together.”

Additional updates regarding coronavirus within Navajo Nation will be provided in an online town hall Thursday on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page.

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Navajo Nation issues health advisory for ‘uncontrolled’ coronavirus spread