Navajo Nation Spends 10 Days Without Viral Deaths »Albuquerque Journal

A sign outside of Chinle, Arizona on the Navajo Nation reminds residents of COVID-19 prevention measures. (Roberto E. Rosales / Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Navajo Nation reported no deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday for the 10th day in a row.

The tribe has also reported 20 or fewer new cases every day over the past week.

Navajo President Jonathan Nez said residents should always avoid unnecessary travel and continue to practice COVID-19 prevention measures.

“Through contact tracing, it appears that the majority of new COVID-19 cases are directly linked to people hosting or attending in-person family gatherings in which masks and other precautionary measures are not applied,” and to those who leave the Navajo Nation and bring back the virus, ”Nez said.

A total of 30,380 Navajo residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and 1,262 people have died from the disease.

The Navajo Nation remains under its “orange” level restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

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Most businesses can operate at 25% occupancy, and tribal casinos are only open to Navajo residents and employees.

Tribal roads on the reserve remain closed to visitors.

The Navajo Department of Health classifies the communities of Crownpoint, Rock Springs, Thoreau and To’hajillee as having “uncontrolled spread” of COVID-19 in the past two weeks.

All of these communities are located on the New Mexico portion of the reservation.

The White House announced that First Lady Jill Biden will travel to the Navajo capital of Window Rock, Arizona on Thursday to meet with President Nez and visit a vaccination site.

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