4 new COVID-19 deaths confirmed on Navajo Nation as total cases rise to 813 | KOB 4

4 new COVID-19 deaths confirmed on Navajo Nation as total cases rise to 813

Christina Rodriguez
Updated: April 14, 2020 05:52 PM
Created: April 14, 2020 09:48 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service have announced 115 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths. The Navajo Nation is now at a total of 813 cases of COVID-19 with 28 confirmed deaths.

The confirmed cases include 266 cases in New Mexico: 

  • Navajo County, AZ: 269
  • Apache County, AZ: 102
  • Coconino County, AZ: 165
  • McKinley County, NM: 138
  • San Juan County, NM: 108
  • Cibola County, NM: 11
  • San Juan County, UT: 11
  • Socorro County, NM: 6
  • Sandoval County, NM: 3 

The Navajo Nation has already been on a nightly curfew for over two weeks. Last weekend, a 57-hour curfew was implemented — in which Navajo Police issued more than 100 citations for violations. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said he wouldn't rule out another 57-hour curfew to keep his people safe. 

Nez revelaed Tuesday that the Navajo Nation began receiving rapid testing kits. It will allow people to get their COVID-19 test results back within hours. 

"Two weeks ago, Congress and the White House were saying that they’re going to give rapid tests to IHS around the country," Nez said. "I guess, it’s solely comes from the east to the west because we’re finally getting ours now.”

For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website. To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

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