Navajo Nation president optimistic about future of fighting COVID-19 | KOB 4

Navajo Nation president optimistic about future of fighting COVID-19

Colton Shone
Updated: May 18, 2020 06:09 PM
Created: May 18, 2020 04:42 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- As of Saturday, 140 people have died from COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation. However, no deaths were reported on Sunday.

President Jonathan Nez hopes they are seeing a changing of the tide. 


"The dollars are, that was promised to us by the federal government is in our bank account," Nez said. "We're looking at the immediate expenditure of PPE, and also cleaning out government buildings and getting food and supplies to those citizens. Because... over 80% of Navajo people are staying at home."

Nez said the Navajo Nation is also testing at a greater rate:

  • 24,886 tests administered.
  • 18,380 negative
  • 4,002 positive.

"Per capita, we are testing more of our citizens, our population, than any other state in the U.S-- at 11.6 percent," Nez said. "So we're testing very aggressively. So if you test very aggressively, you'll obviously have a high number of positive and negative cases. We are doing that type of data gathering and research."

To help combat further spread, a nightly curfew on the reservation remain in place. They stay-at-home order has also been extended to June 7.

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