San Juan County, Navajo Nation COVID-19 case updates for May 2022

The Daily Times staff

Welcome to the May edition of the Farmington Daily Times' daily COVID-19 news and stats blog. The days are getting longer and the information briefs from the state are getting shorter. 

Daily updates are below, short news items about the pandemic will appear on the top of this blog.

Free San Juan County COVID-19 vaccination clinics

The San Juan County Public Health Office continues to hold clinics to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

To register for these or other events, go to vaccinenm.org. There will be on-site registration and walk-ins depending on the available doses.

Parents can use the website to schedule appointments for their dependents by logging into the parent profile. They also need to approve the electronic consent before arriving to the clinic site.

Scheduling your appointment at vaccinenm.org is recommended. Walk-ins will be  accepted based on remaining available doses.

For help with registration, call 1-855-600-3453. Additional appointment times may become available.

More: San Juan hospital leaders thank staff and visiting medical teams who toiled at height of COVID

Shiprock hospital to hold vaccination clinics in May and June

Northern Navajo Medical Center will hold community COVID-19 vaccination clinics to offer the primary series and first and second booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 15 and June 12 at Shiprock High School, according to details released by the hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration authorized second booster shots of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for the following:

• Individuals with weakened immune systems due to disease or certain medications.

• Individuals over the age of 50 and received their first booster shot at least four months ago.

• Adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago may now receive a second booster dose using Pfizer or Moderna.

"Individuals over age 50 who received their first COVID-19 booster more than four months ago are encouraged to get their second booster shot at the above events," the news release states.

Second booster shots are also available weekdays at the drive-up vaccination trailer at the hospital in Shiprock.

More: Navajo Nation Council thanks medical, frontline workers for pandemic response

COVID-19 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: 1-928-871-7014
  • State coronavirus website: cv.nmhealth.org

Note: The New Mexico Department of Health no longer reports COVID-19 statistics on weekends, so counts released on Mondays will contain figures for a three-day reporting period. In February, the Navajo Department of Health adjusted when they release new case reports for the Navajo Nation from daily to weekdays only.

Updates for Saturday, May 21

3:08 p.m.:  Here are Friday's stats form the Navajo Nation: The Navajo Department of Health and other agencies reported 26 new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation Friday and no new deaths. 

“The total number of deaths remains 1,771,” according to a release by the Office of the President and Vice president. “The report indicates that 51,861 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 528,699 COVID-19 tests have been administered.”

There have been 53,877 COVID-19 cases in total reported on the tribal lands, including seven cases in which reporting was delayed 

“A new case is defined as a positive test within the last 72-hours,” the release noted. “Some cases are due to delayed reporting from the states. Any positive tests from beyond the last 72-hours are considered delayed.” 

The release noted that the Navajo Nation has stayed in yellow status, “in accordance with Public Health Emergency Order No. 2022-004 available online at: https://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19.”

The Navajo Nation’s president singled out one group for praise. 

“Of all the age categories, our elders have the highest vaccination rate among our Navajo people,” Nez said in the release. “Our grandparents and parents continue to lead the way and set a great example for our people. They are listening to our public health experts and doing what they have to do to protect themselves from COVID-19.”

Nez called vaccines that are available for free “our best defense in this pandemic. Please continue to be very cautious and remember that we are still in the midst of this pandemic. We are in this together and we must do our very best to protect ourselves and others.”

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

•       Chinle Service Unit: 10,364

•       Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,193

•       Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,486

•       Gallup Service Unit: 8,983

•       Kayenta Service Unit: 5,123

•       Shiprock Service Unit: 9,957

•       Tuba City Service Unit: 5,888

•       Winslow Service Unit: 2,861

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

2:58 p.m.: Here are Friday's numbers from the State of New Mexico: State health officials reported 636 new COVID-19 cases on May 20 and 11 more pandemic-related deaths.

There were 75 people under treatment for COVID-19 infections in New Mexico hospitals on Many 20, 10 of whom required ventilators.

San Juan County, which has seen 41,078 cases since March of 2020 and 761 pandemic-related deaths, reported 18 more cases Friday and two more deaths.

There have been 40,027 recoveries in San Juan County since the start of the pandemic and 460,109 tests have been administered.

Statewide the case count stands at 529,336 cases and 7.675 pandemic-related deaths. There have been 26,623 hospitalizations in New Mexico since the pandemic began in March of 2020, and just over 19% of those who were hospitalized died during treatment, according to the state’s May 16 mortality report.

Updates for Thursday, May 19

11:45 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw 32 new COVID-19 cases and no recent deaths, according to the report released today by health officials.

"The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 53,844, including 23 delayed reported cases," the report states.

Additional information from the report states, "a new case is defined as a positive test within the last 72-hours. Some cases are due to delayed reporting from the states. Any positive tests from beyond the last 72-hours are considered delayed."

There have been 1,771 people who have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started more than two years ago.

There are 51,858 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 528,138 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 since March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,362
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,188
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,484
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,979
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,119
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,952
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,887
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,851

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

3:53 p.m.: Statewide COVID-19 hospitalization numbers continued to rise in New Mexico May 19 but case numbers took a slight dip as health officials announced 583 new cases and 14 more pandemic-related deaths.

There were 611 new cases on May 18.

There were 95 people hospitalized on May 19 in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections, 10 more than on May 18. Of those patients, 15 required ventilators.

San Juan County, which has seen 41,060 cases and 759 pandemic-related deaths since March of 2020, reported 71 new cases on May 19 and no new deaths.

The New Mexico Department of Health has recorded 528,699 cases since the start of the pandemic and 7,664 pandemic-related deaths.

Updates for Wednesday, May 18

9 p.m.: Today's update from health officials for the Navajo Nation states there are 28 new cases of COVID-19.

The total number of cases is now 53,789. This number includes delayed reporting for 32 cases.

"A new case is defined as a positive test within the last 72-hours. Some cases are due to delayed reporting from the states. Any positive tests from beyond the last 72-hours are considered delayed," the update states.

Officials did not report any recent deaths related to COVID-19. This keeps the death toll at 1,771.

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 since the pandemic started in March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,357
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,186
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,480
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,975
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,116
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,931
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,884
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,838

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

There are 51,831 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 527,745 tests have been conducted.

3:54 p.m.: COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalization numbers are both rising in New Mexico.

State health officials on May 18 reported 611 new cases of  COVID-19 across the state and 12 more deaths.

There were 373 new cases and 16 more deaths reported in New Mexico on May 17.

Between May 3 and May 16 San Juan County’s 14-day test positivity rate rose to 4.2% The previous two-week count was 2.6%.

San Juan County, which has seen 40,989 cases and 759 pandemic-related deaths since March of 2020, reported 12 new cases Wednesday and two more deaths.

Statewide there have been 528,146 cases reported since March of 2020 and 7,650 pandemic-related deaths.

There were 85 people hospitalized on May 18, 15 of whom required ventilators. There were 78 people in

New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections on May 17, 10 of whom required ventilators. On May 16 there were 61 people hospitalized, eight of whom required ventilators.

Updates for Tuesday, May 17

5:42 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw seven new cases of COVID-19 today, raising the total number of cases to 53,729, according to health officials.

The case tally includes delayed reporting to health officials for one case.

Health officials also reported that one person died of COVID-19. This increases the death toll to 1,771.

"COVID-19 numbers have been relatively low for some time now, but we must remember that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. We have many graduates who are achieving great milestones and families gathering to celebrate those accomplishments, but please keep in mind that our public health experts continue to urge everyone to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update.

There are 51,812 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 527,062 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 since the pandemic began:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,351
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,186
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,474
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,970
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,106
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,926
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,857
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,837

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

2:43 p.m.: State health officials on Tuesday reported 373 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 more deaths in New Mexico.

San Juan County, which has seen 40,977 cases and 757 deaths since March 2020, reported no new cases or deaths on Tuesday.

Statewide there have been 527,534 cases of COVID-19 reported and 7,638 pandemic-related deaths.

There were 78 people in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, 10 of whom required ventilators. On Monday there were 61 people hospitalized, eight of whom required ventilators.

Updates for Monday, May 16

9:42 p.m.: A three-day case counting period ending May 16 yielded 1028 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 16 more deaths, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

That averages out to just over 342 new cases per day across the state.

San Juan County, which has seen 40,977 cases and 757 deaths since March 2020, reported 45 new cases between May 14 and May 16 and three more deaths.

Statewide New Mexico has logged 527,161 COVID-19 cases and 7,623 pandemic-related deaths since March of 2020.

There were 61 people hospitalized in New Mexico on Monday due to COVID-19 infections, eight of whom required ventilators.

There have been 505,600 recoveries statewide since March of 2020, according to the state health department.

6:15 p.m.: Health officials are reporting 37 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation over the three-day period.

The breakdown is 32 new cases between May 14 to May 15 and five new cases on May 16.

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, there have been 53,712 cases. This number includes delayed reporting for 11 cases.

Officials did not report any additional deaths. The death toll remains at 1,770.

There are 51,800 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 526,340 tests have been conducted.

The Navajo Department of Health issued a health advisory notice for Naschitti and for Chinle, Ganado, Leupp and Tsaile-Wheatfields in Arizona for elevated COVID-19 infections.

The department made its determination based on cases from April 29 to May 12.

The health department, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since the pandemic began:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,350
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,185
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,474
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,969
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,102
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,926
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,857
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,836

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

Updates for Friday, May 13

3:01 p.m.: State health officials on May 13 reported 388 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and seven more deaths.

There were 115 fewer new cases May 13 than on the previous day, when 503 new COVID-19 cases and six new deaths were reported. Hospitalization numbers in the state also took a slight dip Friday.

San Juan County reported eight more cases on Friday and no new deaths. The county has seen 40,932 total cases since March 2020 and 754 pandemic-related deaths. State health officials on May 12 had reported 23 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths among San Juan County residents on Thursday. 

The next set of state and local pandemic statistics will be released May 16 and cover a three-day counting period that includes the weekend.

There have been 39,965 recoveries in San Juan County as of May 13 and 454,816 tests have been administered.

Statewide there have been 526,137 cases reported to the New Mexico Department of Health since March of 2020 and 7,607 pandemic-related deaths.

There were 50 patients under treatment in New Mexico hospitals on May 13 due to COVID-19 infections, seven of whom required ventilators. There were 68 patients on May 12, six of whom required ventilators.

Updates for Thursday, May 12

5:11 p.m.: There are 18 new cases of COVID-19 in today's update from health officials for the Navajo Nation.

Officials reported no additional deaths but there were two cases that were recently disclosed to officials. The update did not reveal when both cases were confirmed.

Since the pandemic began more than two years ago, there have been 53,643 cases and 1,770 people have died.

There are 51,737 individuals who are considered recovered from COVID-19. A total of 524,926 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: 10,324
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,185
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,461
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,963
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,085
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,915
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,854
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,834

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

"Our elders continue to lead the way with the highest vaccination rate among all eligible age categories on the Navajo Nation," tribal President Jonathan Nez said. "Nearly 90% of those who are 65 years and older have received the first two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 71% have also received the two booster shots."

3:42 p.m.: State health officials on May 12 reported 503 new COVID-19 cases in New Mexico and six new deaths. 

The figures show an increase in cases statewide this week. On May 11 the New Mexico Department of Health reported 354 cases statewide and 13 more deaths. The state reported 251 new COVID-19 cases on May 10, and 13 more deaths.

Statewide there have been 525,751 COVID-19 cases reported by the New Mexico Department of Health since March of 2020. As of Thursday there have been 7,600 pandemic-related deaths in New Mexico.

State health officials reported 23 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths among San Juan County residents on Thursday.

San Juan County has seen 40,924 total cases since March 2020 and 754 pandemic-related deaths.

There were 68 patients in New Mexico hospitals under treatment May 12 due to COVID-19 infections, six of whom required ventilators. 

Updates for Wednesday, May 11

10:39 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw 20 new COVID-19 cases today as well as one more death related to the virus.

The latest cases raised the case tally to 53,623 while the number of people who have died is now 1,770.

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 since the pandemic began:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,318
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,182
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,458
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,962
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,081
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,913
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,853
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,834

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

There are 51,737 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 524,388 tests have been conducted.

4:42 p.m.: San Juan County reported seven new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday as state health officials announced there were 354 cases statewide and 13 more deaths

San Juan County has recorded 40,901 cases since March of 2020 and 752 pandemic-related deaths.

Statewide there have been 525,249 cases reported. The data provided by the state for deaths was not updated, but adding the 13 deaths to the May 10 total yields 7,594 pandemic-related deaths as of Wednesday.

We'll change that figure if the state comes out with an updated number,

Updates for Tuesday, May 10

9:27 p.m.: Today's update from health officials for the Navajo Nation has 26 new cases of COVID-19 and no recent deaths related to the virus.

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 since the pandemic started in March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,314
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,180
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,457
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,959
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,078
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,906
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,853
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,834

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

There are now 53,603 cases, which includes delayed reporting for eight cases.

The death toll remains at 1,769.

There are 51,734 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 523,941 tests have been conducted.

3:16 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health reported 251 new COVID-19 cases on May 10 and 13 more deaths.

Over the weekend counting period the state averaged just over 235 cases per day between May 7 and May 9.

San Juan County’s numbers were unchanged May 10. The county has recorded 40,901 cases since March of 2020 and 752 pandemic-related deaths.

Statewide there have been 524,895 COVID-19 cases recorded since March of 2020 and 7,581 pandemic-related deaths.

There were 55 people hospitalized May 10 due to COVID-19 infections, seven of whom required ventilators.

The day before, May 9, there were 36 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19, and four patients who required ventilators.

Updates for Monday, May 9

10:32 p.m.: A three-day counting period ending May 9 yielded 707 new cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico and 12 more deaths.

That number represents just over 235 cases per day between May 7 and May 9.

San Juan County saw 32 more cases during the weekend counting period and no new deaths. The county has recorded 40,901 cases since March of 2020 and 752 pandemic-related deaths.

Statewide there have been 524,644 COVID-19 cases reported by the New Mexico Department of Health and 7,568 pandemic-related deaths since March of 2020.

Health officials on May 9 reported there were 36 people hospitalized in New Mexico due to COVID-19 infections, four of whom required ventilators.

5:25 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw 13 new cases of COVID-19 over the three-day period, according to today's update from health officials.

Ten cases were confirmed between May 7 to May 8 and three cases were confirmed on May 9.

There were also two deaths reported between May 7 to May 8.

The total number of cases is now 53,569 and the death toll is now 1,769.

The Navajo Department of Health has placed Naschitti under a health advisory notice because of COVID-19 infections. In Arizona, the communities of Chinle, Kaibeto, Leupp and Piñon are also under advisory.

The department based the listing on cases from April 22 to May 5.

The department, along with Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center, have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since the pandemic started:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,303
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,175
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,455
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,955
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,076
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,902
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,848
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,833

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

There are 51,719 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 523,222 tests have been conducted.

"Stay strong and keep supporting one another," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update. "We are in this together and we must continue to encourage our loved ones to take precautions, even if they travel to cities and towns off of the Navajo Nation. We do not want to have another large surge in new COVID-19 cases, so please take precautions and continue to push back on the virus together."

Updates for Friday, May 6

5:30 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, in working with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, are reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 today.

They also reported the death of one more person due to the virus.

Since the pandemic started more than two years ago, there have been 1,767 individuals who have died and 53,556 confirmed cases. The case tally includes delayed reporting for three cases.

Health officials have been disclosing case numbers from the eight service units under the Navajo Area IHS since March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,296
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,175
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,453
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,955
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,075
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,901
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,847
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,832

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

There are 51,643 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 522,892 tests have been conducted.

"We wish everyone a safe and Happy Mother's Day, as families come together to celebrate and show their love and appreciation for our mothers, grandmothers, and caretakers. Please take precautions and be very careful as you celebrate. We do not want to experience another large surge in COVID-19 cases here on the Navajo Nation," tribal President Jonathan Nez said.

4:32 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Friday that there were 323 new cases of COVID-19 reported in New Mexico as well as nine more deaths.

San Juan County, numbers were unchanged Friday. The county has recorded 40,869 cases since March of 2020 and 752 pandemic-related deaths.

Statewide there have been 523,940 COVID-19 cases reported since March of 2020 and 7,556 pandemic-related deaths.

The state reports there were 37 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals due to COVID-19 infections Friday, none of whom required a ventilator.

The state's next update will happen Monday afternoon.

Updates for Thursday, May 5

State health officials on Thursday reported 357 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths.

The state had reported 248 new cases on Wednesday, and 165 on Tuesday.

There have been 523,621 cases of COVID-19 recorded since March of 2020 in New Mexico, and 7,547 pandemic-related deaths.

San Juan County recorded 13 more cases of COVID-19 Thursday and no new deaths. The county reported eight new cases on Tuesday and four on Wednesday. The county’s 14-day average test positivity rate is 2.6 percent.

San Juan County has recorded 40,869 cases since March of 2020 and 752 pandemic-related deaths.

There were 53 people hospitalized in New Mexico Thursday due to COVID-19 infections, four of those patients requiring a ventilator.

8:03 p.m.: The Navajo Nation saw an increase of 16 new COVID-19 cases today and one case that was recently reported to health officials.

There are now 53,534 cases since the pandemic started in March 2020.

"We have the guidance and tools provided by our public health experts and it's our responsibility to use those resources to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in the update. "Please continue to be very cautious as we celebrate graduation ceremonies and Mother's Day. We have much to be thankful for so please be very cautious to keep your loved ones, especially our elders safe. We are in this together."

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 since March 2020:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,290
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,171
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,450
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,952
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,075
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,899
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,844
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,831

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

Today's update had no additional deaths related to the virus. This keeps the death toll at 1,766.

There are 51,617 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 522,265 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Wednesday, May 4

11:09 p.m.: State health officials reported 248 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and eight more deaths.

San Juan County’s 14-day test positivity rate, which had been holding a 1.8% for months, rose to 2.6% for the period between April 19 and May 2. The new totals indicate that there are 5.6 cases per 100,000 residents.

The county reported four more cases but no new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the county’s total caseload since March 2020 to 40,856 with 752 pandemic-related deaths.

Statewide there have been 523,268 COVID-19 cases recorded and 7,536 pandemic-related deaths, according to the New Mexico Department of Health’s website. There have also been 504,019 recoveries.

10:45 p.m.: There are 12 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death related to the virus for the Navajo Nation today.

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 since the pandemic began:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,280
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,168
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,449
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,952
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,074
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,898
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,843
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,831

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

The total number of cases is 53,517. This number includes delayed reporting for 12 cases. The death toll is now 1,766.

There are 51,617 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 521,847 tests have been conducted.

Updates for Tuesday, May 3

6:30 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health is reporting one new case of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation today.

There have been 53,493 cases since the pandemic started in March 2020. This figure includes delayed reporting for one case.

Two more people have died from virus complications, according to the report. The death toll is now 1,765.

There are 51,597 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 521,091 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 since the pandemic began:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,276
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,165
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,447
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,951
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,071
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,898
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,833
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,830

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

5:07 p.m.: Figures released by the state health department indicate there were eight new COVID-19 cases reported in San Juan County on Tuesday and one more death.  

The county has seen 40,852 cases since March of 2020 and 752 pandemic-related deaths.

Statewide, 523,023 cases have been logged by the New Mexico Department of Health since March of 2020, as well as 7,528 pandemic-related deaths. 

The state on Tuesday reported 165 new cases across New Mexico as 12 more deaths.

There were 55 people under treatment in New Mexico hospitals Tuesday due to COVID-19 infections, one of whom required a ventilator.

Updates for Monday, May 2

6 p.m.: Health officials for the Navajo Nation are reporting that 34 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed over the last three days.

The breakdown of the report released today shows 31 cases were confirmed from April 30 to May 1 while three cases were confirmed on May 2.

There were no additional deaths during the three-day period. This keeps the death toll at 1,763.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, there have been 53,491 cases for the tribe, including delayed reporting for 30 cases.

There are 51,586 individuals who are considered recovered from the virus. A total of 520,377 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 since the pandemic began:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,275
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,165
  • Fort Defiance Service Unit: 5,447
  • Gallup Service Unit: 8,950
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 5,071
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 9,898
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 5,833
  • Winslow Service Unit: 2,830

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

Based on cases from April 15 to April 28, the Navajo Department of Health placed 10 communities under a health advisory notice because high infections.

Crownpoint is the only New Mexico community under advisory. The communities of Chinle, Kayenta, Leupp, Low Mountain, Piñon, Shonto, Teesto, Tonalea and Tuba City in Arizona are also on the list.

"This week, we see a slight increase in the number of communities identified with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19," tribal President Jonathan Nez said. "While it is concerning, we also know that our people know what they have to do to contain the virus by taking precautions."

4:18 p.m.: State health officials on Monday reported there were an average of 177 new COVID-19 cases per day statewide during a three-day counting period ending May 2.

The counting period yielded 531 new cases and 17 deaths due to COVID-19.

San Juan County has seen 40,844 cases and 751 pandemic-related deaths since March of 2020. There have been 39,918 recoveries in that county. There have been 58 new cases and six more deaths reported in San Juan County since April 28.

Statewide there have been 522,857 COVID-19 cases tracked byt he health department and 7,516 pandemic-related deaths.

There were 43 people hospitalized in New Mexico Monday due to COVID-19, and none of those patients required a ventilator.

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