COVID-19: Case updates for the Navajo Nation and San Juan County in April 2021

Farmington Daily Times

COVID-19 cases trended down in San Juan County in March, allowing the county to achieve the turquoise level on the state's reopening criteria. Local government and business officials hoped to maintain the low levels of test positivity and cases, but on April 7 the county switched back to more restrictive Yellow Level restrictions.

Meanwhile, vaccination continues for both New Mexico and Navajo Nation residents. The state announced that inoculations will be open for all residents aged 16 and older starting on April 5. Registration is available at cvvacine.nmhealth.org for New Mexico residents and ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19/COVID-19-Vaccine for the Navajo Nation.

Health officials advise people who are vaccinated should continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Updates for March can be found here.

Resources

  • State coronavirus hotline: 1-855-600-3453 
  • Non-health related COVID-19 questions: 1-833-551-0518
  • Navajo Department of Health COVID-19 website: ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/covid-19 
  • Navajo Health Command Operations Center: 928-871-7014
  • State coronavirus website: cv.nmhealth.org

Updates for Saturday, April 10

8:39 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as well as two more deaths related to the virus.

The total number of cases is 30,255 and includes one case where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is 1,262.

There are 16,430 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 257,625 tests have been conducted.

The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,533
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,912
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,607
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,769
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,684
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,083
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,675
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,974

*18 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

1:24 p.m.: As noted yesterday midway through our last set of blog posts, state health officials announced Friday they have changed the way they will report COVID-19 cases on weekends. In short, we won't be able to get you weekend statewide case numbers until sometime Monday, and the stats will not be as detailed on a county-by-county level.

The Daily Times will continue to provide daily updates, including case counts when available from the Navajo Nation and other sources, on this blog as new information comes in.

"The New Mexico Department of Health on Friday announced that it will no longer release a daily COVID-19 case count report on Saturdays and Sundays," the department said in a press release. "Instead, the state will provide a consolidated weekend report on Mondays. Day-by-day breakdowns of case counts for Saturday and Sunday will no longer be available."

The state also made a change in the time window during which it counts daily cases.

Meanwhile, here's where we stand according to Friday's figures.

The Department of Health listed the most recent cases by county on Friday:

  • 61 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 12 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Grant County
  • 3 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 3 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 14 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 6 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Taos County
  • 2 new cases in Valencia County

Here is a county-by-county list of COVID-19 case totals in the state as of Friday since the pandemic began. New Mexico as of Friday had a total of 193,368 COVID-19 cases:

  • Bernalillo County: 55,354
  • Catron County: 85
  • Chaves County: 8,766
  • Cibola County: 2,838
  • Colfax County: 728
  • Curry County: 5,050
  • De Baca County: 136
  • Doña Ana County: 24,110
  • Eddy County: 6,703
  • Grant County: 1,654
  • Guadalupe County: 376
  • Harding County: 9
  • Hidalgo County: 355
  • Lea County: 8,242
  • Lincoln County: 1,600
  • Los Alamos County: 505
  • Luna County: 3,254
  • McKinley County: 12,155
  • Mora County: 169
  • Otero County: 3,692
  • Quay County: 428
  • Rio Arriba County: 3,500
  • Roosevelt County: 1,875
  • Sandoval County: 11,529
  • San Juan County: 13,888
  • San Miguel County: 1,324
  • Santa Fe County: 9,924
  • Sierra County: 717
  • Socorro County: 1,251
  • Taos County: 1,625
  • Torrance County: 686
  • Union County: 246
  • Valencia County: 6,487

Updates for Friday, April 9

6:55 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 and no recent deaths for the Navajo Nation today.

A new public health emergency order was issued today by the department of health and it reinstates the stay-at-home order for residents on the tribal land.

"The stay-at-home order is reinstated to help lessen the spread of COVID-19 and the variants here on the Navajo Nation," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the press release.

"Two weeks ago, we had one day with zero reported cases and today, we have 26 new cases, 12 of which are from one community in the eastern portion of the Navajo Nation. The data indicates that residents are traveling more and more and holding in-person family gatherings. We have to do better and respect the words and advice of our public health experts," he said.

Health agencies have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,533
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,906
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,604
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,769
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,684
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,079
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,672
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,974

*18 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

The total number of cases is 30,239. There have been 1,260 deaths related to the virus.

There are 16,430 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 257,625 tests have been conducted.

5:32 p.m.: State health officials reported 126 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Friday and two more deaths. 

There have been 193,368 COVID-19 cases reported in New Mexico since the pandemic began 3,976 deaths statewide.

San Juan County reported six new cases on Friday, 20 fewer than on Thursday. The county has reported 13,888 cases since the pandemic began and 464 deaths.

As of Friday, 106 people were hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19. Also as of Friday, 174,849 COVID-19 patients have recovered according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

The state also announced it is changing the way it reports COVID-19 cases.

"The New Mexico Department of Health on Friday announced that it will no longer release a daily COVID-19 case count report on Saturdays and Sundays," the department said Friday in a release. "Instead, the state will provide a consolidated weekend report on Mondays. Day-by-day breakdowns of case counts for Saturday and Sunday will no longer be available."

The state Department of Health listed the most recent cases by county:

  • 61 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 1 new case in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Colfax County
  • 12 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Grant County
  • 3 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 3 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Quay County
  • 4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 14 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 6 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Taos County
  • 2 new cases in Valencia County

The state reports the following COVID-19 cases among people incarcerated by federal agencies:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 446
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state also reports the following COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 292
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 761
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 126
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 217
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 230
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 230
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

Updates for Thursday, April 8

5:20 p.m.: Health agencies reported 15 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death for the Navajo Nation.

Today's report brings the total number of cases to 30,213 and includes one case where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is 1,260.

"Keep fighting COVID-19 by continuing to take all precautions. We cannot afford to have another large surge in new cases and deaths," tribal President Jonathan Nez said.

He added that the tribal members need to "step up" efforts to remain safe and healthy considering confirmed cases on the tribal land of the variants first identified in the U.K. and in California.

The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,532
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,892
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,604
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,769
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,680
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,076
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,670
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,972

*18 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

There are 16,430 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 257,162 tests have been conducted.

4:12 p.m.: San Juan County on Thursday reported 26 new cases of COVID-19, as Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties also posted high numbers of cases compared to the rest of the state.

New Mexico state health officials on Thursday reported 266 new COVID-19 cases across the state. 

The Department of Health on Thursday reported 11 new deaths due to COVID-19, including a man in his 80s from San Juan County who had underlying conditions.

The number of deaths among New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 3,974. 

San Juan County has reported 464 deaths since the start of the pandemic and 13,882 cases overall.

There were 87 people hospitalized in New Mexico on Thursday due to COVID-19 infection. As of Thursday there were also 174,641 people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recovered, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

No cases of infection were reported among staff or residents of congregate care homes in San Juan County.

The Department of Health listed the most recent cases by county:

  • 94 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in De Baca County
  • 42 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 13 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases in Grant County
  • 3 new cases in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 2 new cases in Luna County
  • 2 new cases in McKinley County
  • 11 new cases in Otero County
  • 3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 13 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 26 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 9 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 4 new cases in Sierra County
  • 3 new cases in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Taos County
  • 1 new case in Torrance County
  • 16 new cases in Valencia County
  • 2 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility

A San Juan County ZIP code is among the top 10 across the state with the most COVID-19 cases on Thursday:

87026 - 18

87031 - 12

87120 - 11

87121 - 11

87401 - 11

87124 - 10

88081 - 10

87114 - 9

88210 - 9

88310 - 9

The Department of Health reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 446
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state reports these numbers of COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 292
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 761
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 126
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 217
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 230
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 230
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County

Updates for Wednesday, April 7

5:40 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 and no recent deaths for the Navajo Nation.

The agencies have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,530
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,885
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,604
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,768
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,678
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,073
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,670
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,972

*18 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

The total number of cases is 30,198 and includes one case where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is 1,259.

There are 16,425 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 256,721 tests have been conducted.

The Office of the President and Vice President will have an online town hall to update the public about the virus at 10 a.m. on April 8 on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the Shiprock Service Unit will have COVID-19 vaccine events this week.

According to a post on the agency's Facebook page, the events are open to those who are 16 and older. Those seeking a second or booster does are asked to bring their "COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card."

The post states that the vaccine is also available to "non-beneficiaries" who either live or work in communities within the Shiprock Service Unit or are members of a Navajo family or household in the Shiprock Service Unit.

The upcoming clinics are:

  • Upper Fruitland Chapter on April 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Shiprock High School on April 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4:25 p.m.: State health officials on Wednesday announced 222 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico.

The Department of Health on Wednesday reported three new deaths in the state related to COVID-19, one each in Grant, Otero and San Miguel counties. The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 rose to 3,963.

San Juan County logged 17 new cases on Wednesday. Bernalillo County led the case counts with 60 new cases while Doña Ana County had 38 new cases and Sandoval County 28 cases. Other counties case levels were in the single digits.

San Juan County has reported 13,856 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, and 463 deaths have been reported.

There were 78 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 on Wednesday. Since the pandemic began, 174,409 COVID-19 patients have recovered, according to the Department of Health.

San Juan County slipped into the state's yellow level meaning a higher level of COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and sporting events than had been allowed under the turquoise level.

The Department of Health listed the most recent cases by county:

  • 60 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Catron County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 4 new cases in Colfax County
  • 38 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 6 new cases in Eddy County
  • 7 new cases in Grant County
  • 1 new case in Guadalupe County
  • 4 new cases in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 2 new cases in Los Alamos County
  • 5 new cases in Luna County
  • 7 new cases in McKinley County
  • 7 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 4 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 28 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 17 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases in Taos County
  • 10 new cases in Valencia County

The department reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 446
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state also reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 292
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 759
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 126
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 217
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 230
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 230
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

Updates for Tuesday, April 6

7:05 p.m.: The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported three more confirmed COVID-19 cases and one additional death.

The latest figures bring the Navajo Nation's pandemic totals to 30,182 cases and 1,259 known deaths.

On Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 B.1.429 variant on the Navajo Nation, which came from a test sample obtained in the Chinle Service Unit.

The variant was first identified in the state of California and has since been detected across the southwest U.S.

"The new variant detected on the Navajo Nation should not cause us to panic, but it should motivate us to stay informed, to inform our loved ones, and to hold each other accountable for continuing to take all precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19," Nez said in a statement. "If you take all precautions and limit travel to essential activities, you greatly minimize the chances of contracting the virus."

In all, nearly 16,500 people on the Navajo Nation have recovered from COVID-19.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by service unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,529
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,882
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,602
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,768
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,677
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,070
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,664
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,972

*18 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

— This is a staff and wire report.

4:04 p.m.: State health officials on Tuesday announced 181 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico. 

The Department of Health also reported eight new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19, none of them occurring in San Juan County.

The number of deaths among New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 3,960. There have been 463 deaths reported in San Juan County.

The state now has a total of 192,773 COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic began. San Juan County reported 13,839 of those cases.

There were 82 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 on April 6, and 174,338 New Mexico residents who came down with the virus since the pandemic began have recovered.

Health officials listed the most recent cases by county:

  • 81 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 3 new cases in Chaves County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 3 new cases in Curry County
  • 25 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 5 new cases in Eddy County
  • 3 new cases in Grant County
  • 3 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 2 new cases in McKinley County
  • 4 new cases in Otero County
  • 5 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 13 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 8 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 2 new cases in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Torrance County
  • 1 new case in Union County
  • 7 new cases in Valencia County

The state reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 446
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 292
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 759
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 126
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 217
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 230
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 230
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

Updates for Monday, April 5

7:04 p.m.: The Navajo Nation on Monday reported six new confirmed COVID-19 cases, but no deaths, The Associated Press reported.

The latest figures bring the pandemic totals on tribal land to 30,178 cases and 1,258 known deaths.

In all, nearly 16,500 people on the Navajo Nation have recovered from COVID-19.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by service unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,529
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,881
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,602
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,768
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,677
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,069
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,662
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,972

*18 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

6:56 p.m.: State health officials reported three days-worth of COVID-19 numbers due to a weekend pause in reporting. 

San Juan County reported 10 new cases on April 5, the second highest in the state behind Bernalillo County, which reported 49 new cases.

While no new deaths were reported Monday there were four deaths over the weekend due to COVID-19. None of the dead resided in San Juan County.

There were 85 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19. As of Monday there are 174,339 COVID-19 patients who recovered according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

On April 3 there were 199 new cases, totaling 192,348, and two COVID-19 deaths. On April 4 the state reported 170 new cases, totaling 192,509, and two new COVID-19 deaths.

State health officials on April 5 reported 96 new COVID-19 cases. 

Health officials listed the most recent cases as of Monday by county:

  • 49 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 1 new case in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 9 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Eddy County
  • 2 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 1 new case in Luna County
  • 3 new cases in Otero County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 6 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 10 new cases in San Juan County
  • 3 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases in Taos County
  • 2 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health reports the following cases of COVID-19 among people held by federal agencies at the following facilities:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 446
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 444
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state reports the following cases of COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 292
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 759
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 126
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 217
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 230
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 230
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

4:17 p.m.: All nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state have conducted three vaccination clinics with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, New Mexico's Aging and Long-Term Services Department announced Monday.

"Acceptance rates in the resident populations have been high," an encouraging statistic as the state evaluates visitation and testing guidance, the department said in a press release.

"I'm so proud of our state, our Long Term Care residents and staff, and my team for implementing this immensely challenging effort over the past three months," ALTSD Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez said in the release. "These high acceptance rates continue to help us lower the number of COVID cases in our facilities, decrease hospitalizations and deaths, and have allowed us to expand visitation options."

There have been 13,932 LTC staff and residents fully vaccinated through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership, and future residents may work with pharmacies to get vaccinated, the release said.

12:22 p.m.: The Navajo Nation has reported seven additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and one additional death, The Associated Press reported.

The latest figures released Sunday bring the pandemic totals on the tribe's reservation to 30,172 cases and 1,258 deaths, according to a release from the Office of the President and Vice President posted on the office's website.

Tribal President Jonathan Nez reminded people that one virus variant has been confirmed to be on the Navajo Nation.

Nez says it's crucial to keep sticking to mitigation measures including wearing masks, social distancing and constant handwashing. 

Tribal leaders plan to hold a virtual townhall Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page and YouTube channel to give more updates.

In all, more than 16,000 people on the Navajo Nation have recovered from COVID-19.

COVID-19 positive cases by service unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,529
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,881
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,600
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,767
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,676
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,067
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,662
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,972

*18 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

Updates for Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4

The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported 18 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, The Associated Press reported.

No new numbers had been reported by Sunday as of 5:39 p.m.

The pandemic totals on the tribe's reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah increased to 30,164 cases and 1,257 deaths.

Tribal President Jonathan Nez encouraged people to celebrate the Easter weekend safely while following COVID-19 protocols.

"Please stay home as much as possible, wear a mask, practice social distancing, avoid large in-person gatherings, and wash your hands with soap and water often," he sad in a statement.

"The Nez-Lizer administration will hold an online town hall on Tuesday, April 6 at 10 a.m. on the Nez-Lizer Facebook page and YouTube channel to provide additional COVID-19 updates," the Office of the President and Vice President said in a press release Saturday.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by service unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,529
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,881
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,600
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,767
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,673
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,063
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,661
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,972

*18 residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

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The state health department has declined to issue COVID-19 numbers over the weekend citing the Easter holiday. We will provide updated numbers from the state as soon as they are available.

Updates for Friday, April 2

3:53 p.m.: The Department of Health on Friday reported 218 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico.

Health officials also reported seven new deaths in the state due to COVID-19, none occurring in San Juan County.

The statewide death toll rose to 3,949.

San Juan County has had 13,773 cases reported since the pandemic began, and 463 deaths among county residents reported as of Friday.

There are 94 people who were hospitalized in the state due to COVID-19 on Friday.

In total,173,981 people who were diagnosed with the virus since the pandemic began have recovered.

The state listed the most recent cases by county:

  • 70 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 6 new cases in Chaves County
  • 3 new cases in Cibola County
  • 2 new cases in Colfax County
  • 1 new case in Curry County
  • 29 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 5 new cases in Eddy County
  • 10 new cases in Grant County
  • 10 new cases in Lea County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 12 new cases in Otero County
  • 3 new cases in Roosevelt County
  • 22 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 13 new cases in San Juan County
  • 2 new cases in San Miguel County
  • 8 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Sierra County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 1 new case in Torrance County
  • 16 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health reports these COVID-19 cases among people held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 446
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 443
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state reports these cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 292
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 759
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 126
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 217
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 230
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 230
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

Updates for Thursday, April 1

6:43 p.m.: State health officials on Thursday reported 297 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, bringing the statewide case count to 191,945. 

There were also five new deaths reported Thursday, including a man in his 80s from San Juan County who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.  

The total number of New Mexico residents with deaths related to COVID-19 is now 3,942. 

San Juan County has reported 13,764 cases since the pandemic began and 463 deaths as of Thursday.

The state Department of Health listed the most recent cases by county:

  • 112 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Chaves County
  • 5 new cases in Curry County
  • 51 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 4 new cases in Eddy County
  • 4 new cases in Grant County
  • 2 new cases in Hidalgo County
  • 3 new cases in Lea County
  • 2 new cases in Lincoln County
  • 7 new cases in Luna County
  • 20 new cases in Otero County
  • 8 new cases in Rio Arriba County
  • 1 new case in Roosevelt County
  • 21 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 19 new cases in San Juan County
  • 1 new case in San Miguel County
  • 12 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 5 new cases in Taos County
  • 1 new case in Torrance County
  • 15 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health reports the following cases among people held by federal agencies at:

  • Cibola County Correctional Center: 446
  • Otero County Federal Prison Facility: 443
  • Otero County Processing Center: 198
  • Torrance County Detention Facility: 47

The state also reports the following COVID-19 cases among people held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at:

  • Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 292
  • Guadalupe County Correctional Facility: 251
  • Lea County Correctional Facility: 759
  • Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 167
  • Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 126
  • Otero County Prison Facility: 472
  • Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 217
  • Roswell Correctional Center: 230
  • Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Doña Ana County: 230
  • Springer Correctional Center in Colfax County: 151
  • Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 75

6:15 p.m.: Health officials reported five more cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation. The report today stated there were five more deaths related to the virus.

The total number of cases is 30,108 and includes 13 cases where delayed reporting occurred. The death toll is 1,252.

"Person responsibility is ultimately what determines whether or not we have another surge in new cases," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the press release.

"Our health care experts constantly caution the public and encourage our people to stay home as much as possible, wear masks, avoid large in-person gatherings and to practice social distancing, but if our people choose to do otherwise then it's more likely that we will have a spike in new infections," Nez said.

The release included information about a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination event on April 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shiprock High School. First and second doses will be available for patients in the Shiprock Service Unit of the Navajo Area Indian Health Service.

The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area IHS and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 5,523
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 2,873
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 3,593
  • Gallup Service Unit: 4,759
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 2,662
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 5,051
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 3,658
  • Winslow Service Unit: 1,971

*18 residences with cases not specific enough to place accurately in a service unit.

There are 16,398 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 254,846 tests have been conducted.

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