Beginning March 15, the Navajo Nation Will Transition into "Soft Reopening"
March 11, 2021
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health issued a new order that will transition the Navajo Nation from “red status” to “orange status.” The move is based on indicators take into account several factors including the declining number of COVID-19 cases, testing availability, hospital capacity and bed usage, and contact tracing.
Under a separate “safer-at-home” order, the Navajo Nation will continue its daily curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (MDT) seven days a week and outlines revised provisions for gatherings. Both public health orders go into effect on Monday, March 15.
According to public health officials, the Navajo Nation has met all gating measures and indicators to transition to “orange status” due to a consistent downward trajectory in new infections of COVID-19, less than 80-percent inpatient hospital and ICU bed usage, and an infection rate of 0.81 over the last seven days, which indicates that the Nation can expect to see fewer cases. As of Wednesday, the Navajo Nation has had 24 consecutive days with less than 50 new COVID-19 cases and 13 consecutive days with less than 25 reported. As of March 9, the Navajo Area Indian Health Service reported that 195,554 total vaccine doses have been received, 141,797 administered, which represents nearly 73 percent so far. 52,433 individuals have received a first and second dose of the vaccines.