The Associated Press & Nathan O'Neal
Updated: March 22, 2021 07:07 PM
Created: March 22, 2021 06:02 PM
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported no new COVID-19 cases and no deaths.
It was the second consecutive day that the tribe has not recorded a coronavirus-related death.
The death toll remains at 1,233 since the pandemic began with the number of confirmed cases at 30,007 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The Navajo Nation had a soft reopening last week with 25% capacity for some businesses under certain restrictions.
Still, mask mandates and daily curfews remain.
Tribal health officials say more than 191,000 vaccine doses have been distributed.
“Once again, the Navajo Nation is exemplifying what can be accomplished when we listen to the public health experts and work together. Our hard work is paying off and our prayers are being answered,” tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. “The fight against COVID-19 continues on. Variants continue to be of great concern across the country, especially as we see more and more people travel including students on spring break.”
Under current tribal restrictions, Navajo schools are still operating virtually, even though surrounding communities have signaled a plan to fully reopen.
"We are slow to reopening our schools, you know, because our schools, our children are not vaccinated," Nez said. "They're not able to get the shots, and so we're gonna do a gradual, slow reopening there."
However, newly introduced legislation could repeal the ban on in-person learning, and the ban on visitors.
"We're going to do some consultation with the school districts to make sure that the building, the school facility is up to par on safety protocols, like h-vac, you know, six feet social distancing in the classroom," he said.
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