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Fauci: Navajo a model for containing coronavirus


September 25, 2020

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero Police barricaded off the Chinle Community Center Monday while the National Guard converted it into a 50-bed quarantine facility for people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In a live town hall hosted by President Jonathan Nez on Monday, the country's top infectious disease expert – Dr. Anthony Fauci – acknowledged that while the Navajo Nation was hit particularly hard by the coronavirus, its response to the outbreak has been exemplary. "You have been very successful," Fauci said. "You rose to the occasion, despite the difficulties you were having, to bring down the level of new cases to a very low number. And you did that by abiding the things that I have been speaking about to the rest of the country on a daily basis."

Those safety measures include wearing masks uniformly and avoiding crowds and close contact with others, he said. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.


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