To Limit COVID-19, Navajo Leader Says: ‘Listen To Your Public Health Professionals’

Navajo Country President Jonathan Nez holds a letter from a Navajo family while distributing food, water and other products on May 27, on the Navajo Nation Reservation in New Mexico.

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez holds a letter from a Navajo household while distributing food, water and other products on May 27, on the Navajo Nation Reservation in New Mexico.

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Its a turning point in its battle versus the infection. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez associates that to Navajo leaders and people observing the recommendations of public health authorities.

Nez informs All Things Considered that the Navajo Nation has actually offered 99,000 residents COVID-19 tests– thats more than 50% of its total population. There have had to do with 10,000 positive cases.

A few new cases have appeared on the Navajo Nation considering that last week, when it reported a 24-hour period with no. In May, its per capita infection rate was among the greatest in the nation.

Here are excerpts of their discussion.

Previously this year, the Navajo Nation Reservation was a significant location for coronavirus cases. Now, its seen a day without a single positive case.

“We took one step more, putting those recommendations into public health emergency orders, making them law.”

Do you understand what made the Navajo Nation so susceptible to COVID-19?

And one of our strengths here on the Navajo Nation is that we like to be in multigenerational houses. And when the infection came here onto the Navajo Nation, it took off like wildfire and numerous families were contaminated within the same family.

Early on we didnt have contact tracers, we didnt understand much about this virus. Now with individuals examining … and isolating and quarantining people in their neighborhoods has actually helped to reduce the spread here on the Navajo Nation.

Now we have a law stating that any visitor that comes on the Navajo Nation should traverse through as rapidly as possible and our tourism economy has gotten hit hard. … We live in one of the most lovely places in the United States, but the very first thing is the health and well-being of our Navajo residents.

Do you have advice for communities that are combating increasing COVID numbers?

Lauren Hodges and Patrick Jarenwattananon modified and produced this story for broadcast. Heidi Glenn adapted it for the Web.

Listen to your public health professionals. I wish lots of leaders throughout this country would do that all the way up to the White House– you understand, using masks. If youre informing your individuals to do something, you d better be doing it yourself.

Now we have a law stating that any visitor that comes on the Navajo Nation should traverse through as rapidly as possible and our tourism economy has actually gotten hit hard. … We live in one of the most beautiful places in the United States, however the first thing is the health and wellness of our Navajo citizens.

“We took one action more, putting those suggestions into public health emergency situation orders, making them law.”

And one of our strengths here on the Navajo Nation is that we like to be in multigenerational homes. And when the virus came here onto the Navajo Nation, it took off like wildfire and lots of families were contaminated within the very same household.