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Navajo Nation COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 85; Receives $600 in Federal Aid

By Levi Rickert - May 06, 2020 at 11:58PM

Navajo citizens lining up for COVID-19 testing at Monument Valley on Navajo Nation. Courtesy photo

Published May 6, 2020

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service announced six additional deaths attributed to the COVID-19 on Wednesday evening, which brings the death toll to 85 on the Navajo Nation.

Also, there were 95 new cases of COVID-19 on the country’s largest reservation. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 2,654. A total of 16,280 COVID-19 tests have been administered with 12,170 negative test results.

The 2,654 confirmed positive cases on the Navajo Nation include the following counties:

· McKinley County, NM: 736
· Apache County, AZ: 656
· Navajo County, AZ: 574
· Coconino County, AZ: 306
· San Juan County, NM: 262
· San Juan County, UT: 46
· Socorro County, NM: 25
· Cibola County, NM: 25
· Bernalillo County: 3
· Sandoval County, NM: 21

On Wednesday, the Navajo Nation received approximately $600 million in CARES Act funding, which includes very specific guidelines and provisions from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

“The funding we received represents only a portion of the CARES Act allocation, approximately 60-percent according to the federal government. We are in the process of carefully reviewing the guidelines and provisions from the Department of the Treasury. The Executive Branch advocated strongly through lobbying efforts at the congressional level and through the media and we took the federal government to court to get these funds and now we have to be able to account for all of it. This can’t be a free-for-all spending spree. $600 million may sound like a lot, but we have to remember that the infrastructure needs of the Navajo Nation alone amount to billions of dollars. When the Nation received settlement funds years ago, the Navajo Nation held public hearings and identified infrastructure, housing, and scholarship funding as top priorities, so we know what the needs are already,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.

For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

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