FARMINGTON More than 60 communities in the Navajo Nation have landed on a health advisory issued by the Navajo Department of Health due to the uncontrolled transmission of COVID-19.
The department released the notice on Nov. 22 that identified 67 communities, including 10 from the Northern Agency in San Juan County.
Gadii’ahi, Hogback, Naschitti, Nenahnezad, Newcomb, Sanostee, Sheep Springs, Shiprock, Two Gray Hills and Upper Fruitland are on the list, which department officials determined based on the number of cases from November 5 to 18.
Other New Mexico communities subject to notice are Baca-Prewitt, Becenti, Casamero Lake, Chichiltah, Church Rock, Counselor, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Iyanbito, Littlewater, Mexican Springs, Nageezi, Nahodishgish, Pinedale, Rock Springs, Thoreau, Thajiilee, Tohatchi, Torreon, Tsayatoh, Twin Lakes, Whitehorse Lake and White Rock.
Communities in Arizona or Utah are Dill, Birdsprings, Black Mesa, Bodaway-Gap, Cameron, Chilchinbeto, Chinle, Ganado, Hardrock, Houck, Indian Wells, Inscription House, Jeddito, Kaibeto, Kayenta, LeChee, Leupp, Many Farms, Mexican Water, Oak Springs, Pion, Red Valley, Rock Point, Round Rock, Shonto, St. Michaels, Tachee-Blue Gap, Teec Nos Pos, Teesto, Tonalea, Tsaile-Wheatfields, Tselani-Cottonwood, Tuba City and Whippoorwill.
“This week, we are seeing an increase from 55 to 67 communities identified as having uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. As the holidays approach, we need to be very careful, take precautions, wear masks in public, get ourselves fully immunized, and limit social gatherings, ”Tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the press release which included weekly notice.
He added that the COVID-19 vaccine is available at health facilities across the tribal lands.
“We all need to do our part to fend off COVID-19,” Nez said.
Shiprock Northern Navajo Medical Center continues to host flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine events every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shiprock High School.
The hospital has also partnered with the Central Consolidated School District and the Bureau of Indian Education to immunize children ages 5 to 11 in schools run by either entity.
The following clinics will take place in December:
- Ojo Amarillo Primary School December 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Newcomb Elementary School December 2, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- TohaaliCommunity School December 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Naschitti Primary School December 8, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Kirtland Middle School December 10, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Mesa Primary School December 14, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Nizhoni Primary School December 15, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for the Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at [email protected].
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