Leaders approve measures to curb COVID-19 in White Mountain Apache Tribe
June 24, 2020
FORT APACHE INDIAN RESERVATION (3TV/CBS 5) -- Tribal leaders have approved strict measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 as cases spike in the White Mountain Apache community.
According to Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood, more than 13,000 people call the reservation home, and 1,537 have tested positive for coronavirus.
The number of cases per capita is now outpacing the sprawling Navajo Nation, which has been a COVID-19 hot zone. The Navajo Department of Health reports 7,045 cases out of a population of approximately 173,000, according to 2010 Census data.