Navajo Nation reports 8 more deaths, 100 new cases of COVID-19 as they prepare for another 57-hour weekend lockdown

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (ABC4 News) – The Navajo Nation health officials reported 100 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation on Friday, May 29th and eight more deaths.

The total number of deaths reached 167 as of Thursday, May 28. Preliminary reports from nine health care facilities indicate that approximately 1,745 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with more reports still pending. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 5,044.

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For the eighth weekend in a row the Navajo Nation will be under a 57-hour lockdown that takes effect ‪at 8:00 p.m. on Friday through Monday at 5 a.m., which includes the closure of all businesses to deter traveling and to keep people home and safe from the COVID-19 virus.

“Nearly two months before the virus reached our Nation, we issued public messages to caution our people and to make them aware. The new projections have very good implications, but now is not the time to let up. We need to keep fighting the virus together,” Vice President Lizer stated.

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The Navajo Nation’s 57-hour weekend lockdown requires all residents to remain at home except essential workers, first responders, and health care workers. Essential businesses, including stores, gas stations, restaurants, drive-thru food establishments, hay vendors, and other vendors, shall cease all operations during the lockdown.

On Thursday Dustin Jansen, executive director, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, spoke during Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s weekly COVID-19 related press conference.

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