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COVID-19: Navajo Nation Calls for a Time of Prayer

10 April 2020  

The spread of COVID-19 in many parts of Arizona appears to be slowing, however, on the Navajo Nation, it is a different story.

Once again, we focus on the Navajo Nation, where President Jonathan Nez and Vice-President Myron Lizer are self-quarantining after being in close contact with a first responder who was later diagnosed with COVID-19. They are feeling fine, they are self-quarantining out of an abundance of caution.

In the meantime, 70 more cases (+14%) have been diagnosed, and there are two more deaths. 

Navajo Nation leaders issued a proclamation declaring April 10-13, 2020 as ‘Navajo Nation Family Prayer Weekend.’ They wish to encourage families to pray together for family members, neighbors, health care workers, governing officials and those who are sick, as well as families who have lost loved ones. It is also meant as an observance of Good Friday and Easter. 

However, this time of prayer and recognition will need to be done within their homes, as a 57 hour curfew from 8 PM on Friday to 5 AM on Monday will be strictly enforced. 

Throughout the rest of Arizona, the number of cases increased by 9% from Wednesday to Thursday. Arizona has now crossed the 3000 mark for cases, and will likely have over 100 deaths by Monday. 

Over 37,000 tests have been done, but the vast majority is in the age group of 20-44 years old. eNews asked why so many more tests have been done in this age group, when presumably there is more risk in the ages of 55 and higher. 

When asked about this yesterday, Holly Poynter, PIO for the Arizona Department of Health Services explained, "The actual number of tests is shown on the COVID-19 dashboard and does not account for population differences among these age groups. In Arizona, individuals aged 20-44 represent almost a third of Arizona’s total population. Having more individuals in this age group may contribute to seeing more individuals in this age group being tested. Individuals aged 20-44 may also be impacted by chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, leading to high risk of severe disease.  

"Across the country, we continue to see a shortage in testing supplies from swabs to testing reagents and Arizona is no exception. To date, 33,375 tests have been administered in Arizona. This is a 73% increase from the 19,271 total tests administered a week ago today.

"As the testing supply chain strengthens, we will be able to administer tests to get every Arizonan who wants one results. But as of now, we will continue to prioritize those tests to the most high-risk Arizonans and those on our front lines, our first [responders] and our healthcare providers. Remember that testing will not change your treatment, but it can provide certainty for those first responders and healthcare providers who continue to be in high demand as cases increase."

Coconino County added 5 more positive COVID-19 diagnosed cases, but they did not have any additional deaths to report. 

Yavapai County also appeared relative stable, although there are still several symptomatic people being observed. 

The number of cases in Yuma County has also increased, although they still have no deaths.

County Health Department List & Links

Apache County: Website 

Cochise County: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Coconino County: Website  | Facebook  | Twitter  

Gila County Website | Facebook

Graham County Website | Facebook

Greenlee County Website | Facebook

La Paz Website | Facebook

Maricopa County: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Mohave County: Website |  Twitter | 

Navajo County and Navajo Nation

   Navajo County: Website
   Total Cases: 210

   Navajo Nation: Website | Facebook
   Total cases: 354

Pima County: Website

Pinal County Website

Santa Cruz County: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Yavapai County Website | Facebook | Twitter

Yuma County Website | Facebook | Twitter

Other Website Resources

Arizona Department of Health Services: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

CDC: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

Arizona Together: Arizona Together
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Editor's note: We collect data from a variety of sources for this information, including state and county websites. We use the latest information we can find. This chart changes frequently throughout the day.   


Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.