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Some IHS Intensive Care Units at 100% Capacity on Navajo Nation


December 7, 2020

The Alternative Care Site under construction during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic at the Chinle Community Center in Chinle, Ariz.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Several Indian Health Service (IHS) intensive care units at full capacity on the Navajo Nation. Other provisions are being made according to Navajo Nation leaders and health officials.

"Recently, Navajo Area IHS reported that some of their intensive care units, ICU's, are at full capacity and other bed space is also filling up quickly due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases recently. We have to consider all options to help our health care workers and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement released on Sunday evening. "If you're positive for COVID-19 and don't want to risk spreading the virus to those that live under the same roof as you, please strongly consider self-isolating at one of these hotel isolation sites."

The Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center (HCOC), under the direction of the Navajo Department of Health, is currently working in partnership with companies PAE and AMI to establish an Alternative Care Site on the Navajo Nation to allow individuals who test positive for COVID-19, to be referred to be housed at the site or other isolation hotel facilities to help prevent spreading the virus to their household members and others. In addition, individuals who are awaiting test results can also quarantine at the isolation hotel facilities.


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