Lock­down to re­turn for Navajo Na­tion

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM - JOUR­NAL AND WIRE RE­PORTS

FARM­ING­TON — Due to an up­swing in COVID-19 in­fec­tions in cer­tain ar­eas on the Navajo Na­tion, the tribe will re­turn to a 57-hour lock­down this week­end.

The Navajo Depart­ment of Health will re­vise the pub­lic health emer­gency or­der to have the week­end lock­down start at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and end at 5 a.m. Sept. 28. In ad­di­tion, res­i­dents are or­dered to stay at home and the daily cur­few will start at 8 p.m.

The changes were ini­tially men­tioned in a press re­lease from the tribe’s Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Vice Pres­i­dent on Sept. 21, which ex­plained that Sage Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Ganado, Arizona, has seen an in­crease in COVID-19 cases.

The re­lease also stated there have been re­ports about large so­cial gath­er­ings in the satel­lite chap­ters in the East­ern Agency, where phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing and wear­ing face masks were ig­nored. The chap­ters of Alamo, Ramah and To’ha­ji­ilee are known as satel­lite ar­eas be­cause they are not lo­cated within the main area of the reser­va­tion.

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