Navajo Nation keeps stay-at-home order, lifts weekend lockdowns

Officials say they’re lifting the weekend curfew to allow more vaccination events.

(Carolyn Kaster | AP file photo) A sign on a door warns people to wear face coverings at the Kayenta Health Center on the Navajo reservation in Kayenta, Ariz., on April 18, 2020.

Window Rock, Ariz. • The Navajo Nation has announced it is extending its stay-at-home order with a revised nightly curfew to limit the spread of COVID-19 and will lift weekend lockdowns after this weekend to allow more vaccination events.

The actions in the Navajo Nation’s latest public health emergency order will take effect Monday and run through at least Feb. 15, tribal officials announced late Thursday.

The daily curfew will run daily from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., officials said.

The tribe on Friday reported 14 additional deaths and 143 new virus infections. That brings the total to 26,955 cases and 954 reported deaths on the reservation. There are 75 communities identified to have uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 from Jan. 1-14.

The latest communities added to the list were Bread Springs, Hard Rock, Jeesto, Cove and Mexican Springs.

The number of infections is thought to be higher than reported because many people haven’t been tested. Studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

The Navajo Nation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

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