COVID-19 on the Rise in Indian Country
July 28, 2022
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that COVID-19 cases, including infections, deaths, and hospitalizations, are on the rise in the United States. Currently, 75 percent of counties are in the medium or high levels with Omicron BA.5 as the predominant variant, which has caused an estimated 78 percent of new cases.
On Tuesday, the Navajo Nation reported 110 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths for the Navajo Nation. The total deaths as of press time is 1,854 with 60,399 positive COVID-19 cases on the reservation. The Navajo Nation defines a new case as a positive test administered in the last 72 hours, but some tests are delayed because they are administered by the states or counties.
"The Omicron BA.5 subvariant is leading to more infections across the country, in our region, and here on the Navajo Nation," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez in a press release on Tuesday, July 26. "We have to keep our guard up and keep pushing back on COVID-19 together by encouraging our loved ones to be safe and taking precautions, especially in public places. Our best defense against this virus are the vaccines and the guidelines from our public health experts. We are in this together."