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FARMINGTON — COVID-19 is an infectious coronavirus that was first documented in humans in December in China.

The disease was first documented in New Mexico on March 11. San Juan Regional Medical Center announced the first San Juan County case on March 21.

Officials say the best way to prevent the spread of the illness is to wash your hands frequently, cover your coughs and limit your exposure to other people by practicing social distancing.

Coronavirus cases by county

Updates for Thursday, April 9

8:48 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center are reporting 70 new positive tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number to 558.

The agencies report two additional deaths related to COVID-19, increasing the death toll to 22.

The data reflects confirmed cases from counties where individuals live on the reservation, and the noncontiguous chapters of Alamo and Tóhajiilee.

Navajo County in Arizona continues to have the highest number of cases at 222, followed by Coconino County in Arizona with 124 cases.

San Juan County in New Mexico has 79 cases, Apache County in Arizona has 59 cases, McKinley County in New Mexico has 53 cases, San Juan County in Utah at 10 cases, Cibola County in New Mexico has nine cases, and Socorro County in New Mexico has two cases.

There have been 2,381 tests that have come back negative.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 website for the Navajo Department of Health at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19.

The Navajo Health Command Operations Center can be reached 928-871-7014.

4 p.m.: According to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, there are 989 cases of coronavirus in New Mexico and 17 coronavirus-related deaths. 

The state is reporting 124 new cases of COVID-19, including the first case in Colfax County.

There are 73 people hospitalized with coronavirus and 22 of them are on ventilators.

Lujan Grisham said 217 people have recovered from the virus.

The new cases include nine in San Juan County.

Updates for Wednesday, April 8

8:40 p.m.: Officials on the Navajo Nation are reporting 488 total positive tests for COVID-19, and the death toll has increased to 20. There are 2,221 negative test results.

Data provided by the Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reflects confirmed cases from counties where individuals live on the reservation, and the noncontiguous chapters of Alamo and Tóhajiilee.

Cases are reported in the following counties:

  • San Juan County, New Mexico: 70 
  • McKinley County, New Mexico: 45
  • Cibola County, New Mexico: 9
  • Socorro County, New Mexico: 2 
  • Navajo County, Arizona: 186
  • Apache County, Arizona: 50
  • Coconino County, Arizona: 116
  • San Juan County, Utah: 10

There will be a town hall meeting about COVID-19 at 10 a.m. MDT April 9 on the Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Facebook page.

4:30 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting 72 new cases of coronavirus, including nine in San Juan County.

There are now 865 New Mexicans who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those 865 people, 201 of them have recovered and 59 are currently in the hospital.

The New Mexico Department of Health is also reporting three new deaths in the state. All three are Bernalillo County residents with underlying medical conditions. There have been 16 coronavirus-related deaths in the state.

9 a.m.: A branch of the Navajo Nation government and a tribal enterprise are adjusting services this week.

The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch will close all courts, programs and offices from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 10 for a holiday.

The public service announcement states that essential services will resume on April 13.

The branch restricted public access to its buildings in March due to the public health emergency order issued by the Navajo Department of Health for the coronavirus.

A limited number of employees have been providing essential services at court locations since then and can be reached by calling the respective court.

The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry has adjusted the hours of operation at its Region 2 Scales for the remainder of the week.

The Region 2 Scales will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning on April 7 through April 9 and will be closed from April 10 through April 12, according to a post on the Navajo Pride – NAPI Facebook page.

The area will reopen at 10 a.m. on April 13, the post states.

NAPI is modifying the hours of operation due to the public health emergency order that enacted a curfew this weekend for the Navajo Nation.

The tribe's health department authorized the curfew – from 8 p.m. April 10 to 5 a.m. April 13 – to slow the spread of COVID-19 in communities.

Updates for Tuesday, April 7

5:47 p.m.: There are 42 new confirmed cases for COVID-19 and two additional deaths related to COVID-19, according to a press release from the Navajo Health Command Operations Center

Today's numbers bring the total number of cases to 426 and a death toll of 17 for the Navajo Nation.

Data provided by the Navajo Epidemiology Center in the release reflects confirmed cases from counties where individuals live on the reservation, and the noncontiguous chapters of Alamo and Tóhajiilee.

Cases are reported in the following counties:

  • San Juan County, New Mexico: 66
  • McKinley County, New Mexico: 32
  • Cibola County, New Mexico: 8
  • Socorro County, New Mexico: 2
  • Bernalillo County, New Mexico: 1
  • Navajo County, Arizona: 164
  • Apache County, Arizona: 44
  • Coconino County, Arizona: 102
  • San Juan County, Utah: 7

There have been 3,850 tests conducted with 2,121 negative results, according to the release.

4 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting 109 new cases in the state, including 24 in San Juan County.

The new cases brings the number of coronavirus cases to 794 in New Mexico and 107 in San Juan County.

The state is also reporting that a Bernalillo County man died April 6. The man was in his 30s and had underlying medical conditions. New Mexico has now had 13 coronavirus-related deaths.

11:30 a.m.: The City of Aztec has announced changes to the senior meals provided by the senior center, according to a post on its Facebook page. This change goes into effect April 13.

Home-delivered meals will not be delivered on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Instead, a frozen meal will be delivered Mondays and Wednesdays along with the hot meal. The frozen meals are for Tuesday and Thursday. The normal frozen meals provided for the weekend will be delivered on Fridays.

The drive-thru congregate meals will be provided to seniors from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Frozen meals will be provided on those days for Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays. 

Updates for Monday, April 6

8:39 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center report 30 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation, raising the total to 384. The death toll from the virus is 15.

The data reflects confirmed cases from counties where individuals live on the reservation, and the noncontiguous chapters of Alamo and Tóhajiilee.

Cases are reported in the following counties:

  • San Juan County, New Mexico: 49
  • McKinley County, New Mexico: 23
  • Cibola County, New Mexico: 8
  • Socorro County, New Mexico: 2
  • Navajo County, Arizona: 156
  • Apache County, Arizona: 37
  • Coconino County, Arizona: 102
  • San Juan County, Utah: 7

There were 2,134 negative test results as of Monday.

"COVID-19 cases and deaths are growing at a very alarming rate on the Navajo Nation," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a press release this evening.

He said there will be an additional curfew from 8 p.m. April 10 to 5 a.m. April 13 because people are not complying with the stay-at-home order.

"Police will issue citations, fines and detain people if they don't abide by the order," he said.

The president's office announced the weekend curfew in a separate press release today.

"The weekend curfew does not apply to essential employees, including medical providers and first responders, which are required to show proof of official identification or letter of designation from their essential business employer on official letterhead. Other essential businesses are encouraged to limit operations during the curfew," that release states.

6:30 p.m.: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has extended the stay at home order through the end of April. In addition, she is now ordering grocery stores to limit the number of people inside to 20% capacity, according to a press release. Hotels and other lodging facilities must reduce their capacity to 25% starting April 7. Currently they can operate at 50% capacity.

Payday lenders, car dealers and liquor stores must close, according to the press release.

4 p.m.: San Juan County has 25 new cases of coronavirus, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health. That brings the total number of cases in the county to 83.

New Mexico announced 62 new positive cases including:

  • 16 in Bernalillo County
  • 1 in Chaves County
  • 1 in Doña Ana County
  • 2 in Grant County
  • 4 in McKinley County
  • 25 in San Juan County
  • 11 in Sandoval County
  • 2 in Santa Fe County

There are 686 cases in New Mexico.

McKinley County has 44 cases, Rio Arriba County has six cases and Sandoval County has 114 cases.

The majority of cases are in Bernalillo County, where there are 262 cases.

3:30 p.m.: Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM, has launched a "Hometown Heroes" initiative aimed at recognizing the actions people in the community are taking in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

People can nominate a New Mexico Hometown Hero.

"The coronavirus pandemic has brought upon some of the most challenging times many of us will ever face. But it has also shown us how dependent we are on one another for support," Heinrich said in a press release. "I'm asking for New Mexicans to nominate heroes in their communities so I can help uplift their stories. These New Mexicans are a real inspiration and give me hope that there is still real good happening in the midst of such a daunting time."

1:30 p.m.: The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting 210 cases of coronavirus in Navajo County, 163 in Coconino County and 25 in Apache County. The Arizona numbers include the Navajo Nation cases.

10 a.m.: Of the 58 positive tests in San Juan County, 45 of them are from Navajo Nation and 22 people have tested positive at San Juan Regional Medical Center.

As of the morning of April 6, La Plata County, Colorado, was reporting 31 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. There are also six cases in Archuleta County, Colorado. Meanwhile, Montezuma County, Colorado, is reporting eight cases and had its first fatality last week.

Updates for Sunday, April 5

7:57 p.m.: Thirty-three more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed for the Navajo Nation, along with an additional death, the Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reports.

The tribe now has 354 confirmed cases with 14 total deaths.

Data provided by the agencies reflect confirmed cases from counties where individuals live on the reservation, and the noncontiguous chapters of Alamo and Tóhajiilee.

Cases are reported in the following counties:

  • San Juan County, New Mexico: 45
  • McKinley County, New Mexico: 17
  • Cibola County, New Mexico: 7
  • Socorro County, New Mexico: 2
  • Navajo County, Arizona: 149
  • Apache County, Arizona: 33
  • Coconino County, Arizona: 94
  • San Juan County, Utah: 7

The agencies report there were 1,796 negative test results as of April 2.

6:04 p.m.: President Donald J. Trump has approved a Major Disaster Declaration for New Mexico. FEMA announced on the afternoon of April 5 that that federal emergency aid was available in New Mexico “to supplement the state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on Jan. 20, 2020, and continuing.”

Delaware, South Dakota, Mississippi and Oklahoma also received declarations April 5. Many other states received similar declarations April 3 and 4, announced via https://www.fema.gov/news-releases.

Federal money is available to “state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance under Public Assistance, for all areas affected by COVID-19 at a federal cost share of 75 percent,” the brief release stated.

FEMA named George A. Robinson as the region’s federal coordinating officer for all federal recovery operations in the area. 

4:58 p.m.: Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco reminded the public to observe the nightly curfew on the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Department of Health has issued a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily and a stay-at-home order for residents on the Navajo Nation in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Francisco spoke during a town hall meeting today on the Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Facebook page.

He said those not complying with the orders could be charged with criminal nuisance, an offense in the tribe's criminal code.

Those found guilty face 30 days in jail or a fine of $1,000 or both, he said.

"We will issue citations, if needed, if we find out that you are traveling unnecessarily," Francisco said.

Officers continue to respond to emergency situations, but if a person knowingly exposes an officer to COVID-19, they will be charged with battery of a police officer under the tribe's criminal code as well as face federal charges, he said.

"I'm taking my officers safety very, very seriously and I will pursue those with the U.S. attorney's office and the tribal prosecutors to make sure people do not put my officers in undue danger," he said.

Navajo Police Officer Dekaila Begay said while on patrol in the district of Window Rock, Arizona, she continues to see vehicles occupied by several passengers.

"With the limited supplies that we all have, with the rural community that we have to work in, we understand that people have to go out and have to go travel and get the supplies they need, but that should be limited," Begay said during the meeting.

4:30 p.m.:New Mexico state health officials announced 81 additional positive tests for COVID-19, bringing the number of positive cases statewide to 624 as of April 5.

A death reported by the Department of Health on April 5 related to COVID-19 brings the statewide death toll to 12. A man in his 40s from McKinley County died on April 5. Health officials said he had underlying medical conditions, according to a press release by the office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

There are 58 cases identified in San Juan County.

There are 45 people hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19, and, as of April 5, 130 people who had COVID-19 ae  designated by the New Mexico Department of Health as having recovered.

The state Department of Health reported the most recent cases are:

  • 21 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 2 new cases in Cibola County
  • 6 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 9 new cases in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Otero County
  • 34 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 4 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 1 new case in Socorro County
  • 2 new cases in Valencia County

“Today's announced cases include additional positive tests from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque, where one additional resident and two additional staff members have now tested positive for COVID-19,” the governor’s office stated in a press release April 5.

Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 624 positive tests for COVID-19:

  • Bernalillo County: 246
  • Catron County: 1
  • Chaves County: 13
  • Cibola County: 14
  • Curry County: 6
  • Doña Ana County: 29
  • Eddy County: 4
  • Grant County: 1
  • Lea County: 2
  • Lincoln County: 1
  • Los Alamos County: 2
  • McKinley County: 40
  • Otero County: 3
  • Rio Arriba County: 6
  • Roosevelt County: 1
  • Sandoval County: 103
  • San Juan County: 58
  • San Miguel County: 1
  • Santa Fe County: 62
  • Socorro County: 5
  • Taos County: 13
  • Torrance County: 6
  • Valencia County: 7

Updates for Saturday, April 4

8:41 p.m.: Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez strongly recommends people wear masks and use gloves when in public settings to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.ez made the recommendation during a town hall meeting organized by his office on Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises wearing cloth face masks when in public areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain and in communities were there is significant transmission of the virus.

The recommendations come as Nez's office reported 51 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death today.

This brings the total number of cases to 321, and the total number of deaths to 13.

"Before you consider going out for any reason, think of the well-being of your elders and your children," Nez said in the press release from his office.

Data provided by the Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reflects confirmed cases from counties where individuals live on the reservation, and the non-contiguous chapters of Alamo and Tóhajiilee.

Cases are reported in the following counties:

    • San Juan County, New Mexico: 30

    • McKinley County, New Mexico: 17

    • Cibola County, New Mexico: 7

    • Socorro County, New Mexico: 2

    • Navajo County, Arizona: 137

    • Apache County, Arizona: 31

    • Coconino County, Arizona: 90

    • San Juan County, Utah: 7

"Be mindful that the numbers we are seeing are two to three days old due to the delay in test results for COVID-19. We are demanding that rapid testing be offered immediately and that testing laboratories be established in our communities," Nez said.

The president and Vice President Myron Lizer will provide an update about COVID-19 at 2 p.m. MDT Sunday on the Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Facebook page.

8:35 p.m.: State health officials announced April 4 that there are 51 additional positive tests for COVID-19 in New Mexico. New Mexico has a total of 541 positive tests for COVID-19. 

The New Mexico Department of Health reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19. The case is a man in his 60s from McKinley County who died April 4. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions, health officials said.

There are 37 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19 as of April 4. Also as of April 4, there are 54 COVID-19 cases designated by the New Mexico Department of Health as having recovered.

The state Department of Health reported that the most recent cases are:

23 new cases in Bernalillo County

4 new cases in Cibola County

1 new case in Lincoln County

1 new case in Los Alamos County

1 new case in McKinley County

1 new case in Rio Arriba County

2 new cases in Sandoval County

9 new cases in San Juan County

6 new cases in Santa Fe County

3 new cases in Torrance County

Updates for Friday, April 3

8:24 p.m.: The total number of positive cases for COVID-19 has reached 270 for the Navajo Nation. There are also four additional deaths, bringing the total to 12.

Data provided by the Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reflects confirmed cases from counties where individuals live on the reservation.

The total this evening includes the first case for Socorro County, where Alamo Chapter is located. San Juan County in New Mexico has 26 cases, McKinley County in New Mexico has 15 cases, Cibola County in New Mexico has four cases, Navajo County in Arizona has 112 cases, Apache County in Arizona has 22 cases, Coconino County in Arizona has 83 cases and San Juan County in Utah has seven cases.

The total for McKinley County changed from 16 to 15 due to verification of residency.

"Today, we received reports of bingo games taking place in a few areas – this needs to stop immediately! We have a public health crisis going on, and this is the type of irresponsible activities that put us all at risk," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a press release from his office.

The number of tests administered for COVID-19 is 2,353 and the number of negative results is 1,796 as of April 2.

The Navajo Nation has a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily for residents. Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco said today that officers will start issuing citations for violating the curfew.

3 p.m.: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is hosting a Facebook live video. She said there are 495 total cases in New Mexico, an increase of 92 new cases today. There are also three new deaths, bringing the total to 10. There are 41 people hospitalized and 18 of them are on ventilators.

Nine of the new cases are in San Juan County, bringing the total number of people with coronavirus to 50. 

There are 26 new cases in Sandoval County and eight new cases in McKinley County.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced that two Bernalillo County residents and a Sandoval County resident have died. All three had underlying medical conditions. The Bernalillo County residents were in their 80s and the Sandoval County resident was in his 70s.

2:30 p.m.: The San Juan Regional Medical Center external assessment area will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 6, April 8 and April 10. This assessment area is for people who have flu-like symptoms like fever, cough, body aches, sore throat and runny nose. It is located on West Piñon Street in Farmington.

10:10 a.m.: The University of Arizona Health Sciences Biorepository will donate 250 test kits for COVID-19 to the Navajo Nation to help the ongoing need for the item in health care facilities on the reservation.

A press release from the Navajo Nation Council's Office of the Speaker states the UAHS Biorepository started producing the test kits last week in response shortages for the items across the United States and in southwestern Arizona.

The test kits produced by the UAHS Biorepository team consists of two main components – the swabs and the viral transport medium that secures the sample taken from an individual.

The test kits will be delivered to a central facility on the Navajo Nation and distributed to other facilities based on need, the release states. There are 13 health care facilities managed by the Navajo Area Indian Health Service and those with 638 federal contracts.

"Fortunately, our personnel at the biorepository have several decades of experience in creating biospecimen collection kits for use in FDA-approved analyses and clinical applications," David Harris, executive director of the UAHS Biorepository, said in the release.

The university is donating other supplies and personal protective equipment, including hand sanitizer, medical gloves, surgical masks, hand-sewn surgical masks and cleaning supplies.

"The University of Arizona is doing something we, as a nation, and our U of A students can be proud of, and that's to 'Bear Down' as we prepare for the larger surge of cases on the Navajo Nation. We are truly thankful for every bit of assistance from the university and our partners everywhere," Speaker Seth Damon said in the release.

8:30 a.m.: The City of Aztec has closed its playgrounds, although parks remain open, according to a post on the city's Facebook page.

Updates for Thursday, April 2

6:48 p.m.: The Navajo Nation is reporting an additional death related to COVID-19, this brings the total number of deaths to eight.

There are now 241 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 27 since Wednesday.

The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center have released new details this evening, stating that 1,796 individuals have tested negative for COVID-19.

The counties that have positive cases on the Navajo Nation are:

    • San Juan County, New Mexico: 25

    • McKinley County, New Mexico: 16

    • Cibola County, New Mexico: 4

    • Navajo County, Arizona: 104

    • Apache County, Arizona: 22

    • Coconino County, Arizona: 63

    • San Juan County, Utah: 7

There will be a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. MDT Friday on Facebook Live to provide updates about COVID-19 and response efforts.

The meeting will broadcast on the Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Facebook page.

4 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting 40 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number to 403. The new cases include four new cases in San Juan County, four new cases in McKinley County, a new case in Rio Arriba County and eight new cases in Sandoval County.

Total case numbers include:

  • 41 in San Juan County
  • 40 in Sandoval County
  • Five in Rio Arriba County
  • 24 in McKinley County

Some of the cases being reported by New Mexico Department of Health are also included in the numbers reported by Navajo Nation.

There are 34 coronavirus patients in the state who are currently hospitalized. The state is also reporting that 31 people who were diagnosed with the virus have now recovered.

The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting that a Bernalillo County resident in her 70s died April 1, bringing the total coronavirus-related deaths in the state to seven.

Meanwhile, San Juan Basin Public Health is reporting an increase of five cases in La Plata County, bringing the total number of La Plata cases to 29. There have not been any new cases in Archuleta County.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting two additional cases in Montezuma County, bringing the total number of positive cases to three.

3:45 p.m.: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located outside of Cortez, Colorado, has announced it will be closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, it is canceling all of its spring and summer programs.

However, in the press release, the archaeological center stated its staff is working remotely and focusing on expanding its online learning opportunities. This will allow students of all ages to learn about archaeology. 

More information is available at crowcanyon.org.

1 p.m.: The Arizona Department of Health is reporting a total of 129 cases of coronavirus in Navajo County and 19 total cases in Apache County. Some of these cases are also being reported by Navajo Nation.

The number of cases in Apache County increased by two and Navajo County has 27 new cases.

Arizona is also reporting an increase of 29 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Coconino County, bringing the total to 114. Some of the Coconino County cases are also Navajo Nation cases.

8:35 p.m.: State health officials announced April 4 that there are 51 additional positive tests for COVID-19 in New Mexico.

The Department of Health reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19. The case is a man in his 60s from McKinley County who died Saturday, April 4. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions, health officials said.

There are 37 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19 as of April 4. Also as of April 4, there are 54 COVID-19 cases designated by the New Mexico Department of Health as having recovered.

The state Department of Health reported that the most recent cases are:

  • 23 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 1 new case in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 9 new cases in San Juan County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Torrance County

Updates for Wednesday, April 1

11:15 p.m.: Forty new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation were reported today by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the tribe's epidemiology center.

The increase brings the total number of cases to 214, and the total number of deaths remains at seven.

San Juan County in New Mexico has 22 cases, McKinley County in New Mexico has 14 cases, Cibola County in New Mexico has three cases, Apache County in Arizona has 22 cases, Navajo County in Arizona has 97 cases, Coconino County in Arizona has 49 cases and San Juan County in Utah has seven cases.

The information was released this evening by the Office of the President and Vice President, which included that President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are calling for more test kits and on-site laboratory testing be available on the tribal land.

The health department has information about COVID-19 as well as reports, prevention tips and additional resources at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. The Navajo Health Command Operations Center can be reached at 928-871-7014.

5:10 p.m.: Colorado's San Juan Basin Public Health reported one new case of coronavirus in La Plata County and zero new cases in Archuleta County. There are now 24 confirmed cases in La Plata County and one confirmed case in Archuleta County.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported zero new cases in Montezuma County, which remains at one.

4:30 p.m.: A Sandoval County resident in her 90s died March 31, bringing the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the state to six, the New Mexico Department of Health announced in a press release. According to the press release, the woman was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.

The department of health is now reporting 363 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 48 new cases. The new cases include:

  • Five in San Juan County
  • Four in McKinley County
  • Three in Sandoval County 
  • Two in Cibola County

There are now 37 confirmed cases in San Juan County and 20 in McKinley County. Those case numbers include cases also being reported by Navajo Nation. The state is reporting a total of four cases in Rio Arriba County and 32 cases in Sandoval County.

12:30 p.m.: The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 17 new cases of coronavirus in Navajo County, bringing the total number of cases to 102. Many of those cases are also included in the Navajo Nation counts. Arizona is also reporting 45 new cases in Coconino County, which brings the total to 85.

Updates for Tuesday, March 31

10:05 p.m.: Officials on the Navajo Nation have announced 26 news cases for COVID-19. Also announced were two additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total number to seven.

The total of 174 cases include: 

• San Juan County, New Mexico: 15

• McKinley County, New Mexico: 10

• Cibola County, New Mexico: 1

• Apache County, Arizona: 17

• Navajo County, Arizona: 85

• Coconino County, Arizona: 40

• San Juan County, Utah: 6

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez sent condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones in a press release tonight. He also stressed the importance for tribal members to stay home as a method to fight the spread of COVID-19.

"It's completely up to us as individuals to do our part to beat the virus," Nez said.

The release reminds people that all Bashas' Diné Markets on the reservation will have shopping hours for the elderly from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 1.

The move, in coordination with the tribe's Division of Economic Development and the Navajo Health Command Operations Center, is in response to efforts to reduce the risk of the coronavirus and for the elderly to shop for essential items.

Bashas' Diné Markets are in Crownpoint and in Chinle, Dilkon, Kayenta, Piñon, Sanders, Tuba City and Window Rock in Arizona.

4:30 p.m.: New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel announced that the state is expanding its testing. She spoke during a Facebook live video on the governor's Facebook channel.

Kunkel said the state has increased its ability to process tests, which means some people who are asymptomatic can get tested. She said asymptomatic people who live in the house with a coronavirus patient or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 can get tested. Kunkel said people who live in facilities like nursing homes can also get tested even if they do not have symptoms. Testing is free, Kunkel said.

The state is now reporting 315 cases, an increase of 35 new cases. Six of the new cases are in San Juan County, bringing the total to 32.

The state is also reporting a new coronavirus-related death. A Bernalillo County resident in his 40s died on Sunday, March 29. He was found unresponsive at his home, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. The man was tested for coronavirus and the test results came back on March 31. He had an underlying medical condition, according to the press release.

The state anticipates a surge in northwestern New Mexico late this week or early next week, according to David Scrase, the secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department. 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the state is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to find a place in Farmington to increase the number of hospital beds available for coronavirus patients. 

Lujan Grisham emphasized the need for social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

"Don't take your whole family to the grocery store," she said. "Send one person." 

The new cases also include four in McKinley County, one in Rio Arriba County and seven in Sandoval County.

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2:30 p.m.: San Juan Regional Medical Center will offer a phone line starting April 1 where people can call in for COVID-19 screening. The phone number is 505-675-4722 and will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

11 a.m.: The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting 91 cases of coronavirus in Navajo County, at least 69 of those are members of Navajo Nation. There were three new Navajo County cases announced on March 31. The number of cases in Apache County has not increased. Coconino County has 81 cases, of which at least 32 are members of Navajo Nation.

8:15 a.m.: Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer will have a town hall meeting today on Facebook Live.

Nez and Lizer will provide updates on the ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of confirmed cases for the tribe, supply needs and the public health orders that have been issued in recent weeks, according to details on the leaders' Facebook page.

There are 148 confirmed cases for COVID-19 and the number of confirmed deaths is five as of March 30.

The town hall meeting is set for 10 a.m. MDT today on the Navajo Nation Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Facebook page.

Updates for Monday, March 30

8 p.m.: Navajo Nation is reporting 20 new cases, bringing the total number to 148. It is also reporting five coronavirus-related deaths.

The 148 cases include: 

  • 69 in Navajo County, Arizona
  • 16 in Apache County, Arizona. This number was changed from 17 reported on March 29 due to a clarification of one person's residency
  • 32 in Coconino County, Arizona
  • Nine in McKinley County
  • 15 in San Juan County
  • One in Cibola County
  • Six in San Juan County, Utah

The Navajo Nation numbers are also being included in the numbers released by the New Mexico Department of Health. There were no new Navajo Nation coronavirus cases reported in San Juan County.

President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are asking Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to coordinate establishing medical stations for Navajo Nation members in New Mexico, according to a press release from their office.

6 p.m.: San Juan Basin Public Health is reporting 23 cases of coronavirus in La Plata County, Colorado, which is an increase of one new case.

4:10 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting two more coronavirus-related deaths. Both people were Bernalillo County residents. One woman was in her 70s and the other woman was in her 90s. The women had underlying medical conditions and died the morning of March 30. The state has had four confirmed coronavirus-related deaths since the disease was first reported in New Mexico.

New Mexico is now reporting 281 confirmed coronavirus cases. There were 44 new cases reported on March 30.

The new cases include five in San Juan County, three in McKinley County, one in Rio Arriba County and five in Sandoval County.

San Juan County now has 27 confirmed cases of coronavirus. At least 15 of those cases are members of Navajo Nation.

There are 24 people hospitalized in New Mexico who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting that 26 people have recovered from the disease since the virus was first reported in the state.

1 p.m.: Arizona Department of Public Health Services is reporting 88 cases of coronavirus in Navajo County and 17 cases in Apache County. These include the cases being reported by Navajo Nation.

5:45 a.m.: The Navajo Nation now has 128 positive tests for COVID-19 among those who live on the tribal land, and the total number of deaths remains at two. The tribe's Office of the President and Vice President updated the number on March 29, based on information from the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center.

The total number of deaths remains at two, according to the update.

In the New Mexico counties that consists of tribal land, San Juan County has 15 cases, McKinley County has eight cases and Cibola County has one case.

There was an adjustment for the number of cases in Apache County in Arizona. The change was due to clarification of one person's residency. The numbers in Arizona are Apache County with 17 cases, Navajo County with 59 cases and Coconino County with 23 cases.

There are five cases in San Juan County in Utah.

The president's office is reminding the public that the curfew for the entire reservation starts today. It requires everyone to stay home from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

"This curfew does not apply to essential employees reporting to or from duty, with official identification and/or a letter of designation from their essential business employer on official letterhead which includes a contact for verification," the release states.

Updates for Sunday, March 29

3 p.m.: New Mexico’s number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases is now 237. The state health department announced 29 new positive tests today. Four of those new cases were in San Juan County, bringing the county’s number of cases to 22.

The death toll remains at two statewide, and 22 people infected with the virus are hospitalized in this state, according to a release from the office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

“As of today, there are 26 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the release stated.

Updates for Saturday, March 28

11:50 p.m.: Starting on March 30, the Navajo Nation will be under a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily as part of the tribal government's efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez will talk about the curfew – which was advised by health care and emergency experts – during a town hall on March 29, according to a press release from his office.

The town hall will start at 1 p.m. and will broadcast on radio station KTNN AM 660 and on the Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Facebook page.

Cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation have increased to 115, and the total number of deaths remains at two, according to the president's office. 

San Juan County in New Mexico has 12 cases, McKinley County in New Mexico has six cases, Cibola County in New Mexico has one case, Navajo County in Arizona has 57 cases, Apache County in Arizona has 18 cases, Coconino County in Arizona has 19 cases and San Juan County in Utah has two cases.

4:43 p.m.: State health officials on March 28 announced 17 more positive tests for COVID-19 in New Mexico and one additional death, according to a release from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office. 

New Mexico has recorded 208 positive tests for COVID-19, including the 17 newly-reported cases.

The number of deaths from COVID-19 in New Mexico rose to two after a man “in his 80s” in Bernalillo County who had been hospitalized died on March 27, the release stated. 

“The individual had multiple chronic underlying health conditions,” the release said.

According to the Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

• 11 new cases in Bernalillo County

• 3 new cases in Chaves County

• 1 new case in Doña Ana County 

• 1 new case in Eddy County

• 1 new case in San Juan County 

“As of today, there are 26 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health,” the release said.

On March 28 there were 19 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in this state, the release stated. “This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.”

Updates for Friday, March 27

9 p.m.: The Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President is reporting two deaths related to COVID-19.

No further information about the deaths were included in the office's press release, but the number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 92 for the tribe and in the following counties:

• Navajo County, Arizona: 49

• Apache County, Arizona: 18

• Coconino County, Arizona: 6 (changed from March 26, due to clarification of one individual's residency)

• McKinley County, New Mexico: 5

• San Juan County, New Mexico: 11

• Cibola County, New Mexico: 1

• San Juan County, Utah: 2

"Our condolences and prayers go out to the families of the two individuals who have passed on. We also pray for all of those who are fighting to recover from the virus," President Jonathan Nez said in the release.

The president also commended the ongoing work by health care personnel and first responders.

"To our Navajo people, let's help our health care workers by staying home and isolating ourselves as much as possible. Our public safety officers are needed in our communities every day, and we don't want to have to take them away from those duties to force people to stay home – we don't have to go to that extent if people simply listen to the health care experts," he said.

Vice President Myron Lizer also urged tribal members to stay home and to practice preventative measures.

"Each day, we are experiencing more and more similar circumstances like what's going on in places like New York City, but we are fighting every day to get additional resources that our health care workers need. We know they need to be protected and we are doing our best to help," Lizer said.

The release states that the tribe's need for personnel, protective wear, hospital beds and other crucial resources and supplies at health care facilities on the reservation continue to increase each day.

The public health emergency order to tribal members to stay at home remains in effect.

It also calls on all non-essential businesses to close to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Navajo Department of Health has a website about COVID-19 at www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. The Navajo Health Command Operations Center can be reached at 928-871-7014.

5:30 p.m.: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham address New Mexicans in a Facebook live video at 5 p.m.

Lujan Grisham said there are about 17 people hospitalized in the state with coronavirus and six of them are in critical care, or on ventilators. She said 47% of the 191 confirmed cases in New Mexico are people 45 years old or younger.

In addition, she said 47% of the confirmed cases are travel related, which means they contracted the virus outside of the state. Another 20% of the cases are connected to the travel-related cases, such as family members. She said approximately 20% of the cases remain under investigation and 15% appear to be community spread.

"Every New Mexican needs to act as if they were positive for COVID-19," she said.

She said people should remain at home and only go to the store when necessary to get groceries, medicine or household repair items. 

The governor said the coronavirus in New Mexico could peak in mid-April.

Lujan Grisham said people can get health-related information about coronavirus at cv.nmhealth.org or by calling the hotline at 855-600-3453.

Non-health related information, like volunteer opportunities and unemployment information, can be found at newmexico.gov or by calling 833-351-0158.

5:10 p.m.: The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department announced that all family visits for foster care children must be done by phone or video teleconferencing for the next 30 days.

The New Mexico Supreme Court directed CYFD to suspend in-person visitation due to the coronavirus.

"Suspending in-person visitations is an incredibly difficult decision for the Department, as we know it will cause heartbreak for many children and families working towards reunification," said CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock in a press release. "Everyone in the state must do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is one of the most painful decisions in service of slowing the spread. Though there may be increased physical separations, we will work to build increased family connections in these uncertain times."

4 p.m.: New Mexico is reporting 55 new cases today, including three new cases in San Juan County, two new cases in McKinley County, five new cases in Sandoval County and one new case in Rio Arriba County.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, there are now 17 cases in San Juan County and 191 cases in New Mexico.

Meanwhile, San Juan Basin Public Health is reporting 12 cases of coronavirus in La Plata County, Colorado and one case in Archuleta County, Colorado.

3 p.m.: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order requiring all people traveling into New Mexico via plane to self-isolate for 14 days.

1:30 p.m.: San Juan Regional Medical Center announced it is making changes to some of its operations to reduce person-to-person contact. These changes go into effect on March 30 and include:

  • Temporary closure of San Juan Regional Medical Center Audiology
  • Temporary closure of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Outpatient Center. Highest priority patients will be seen at the adult clinic at 301 S. Auburn Ave.
  • Reducing operating days at the Adult Rehabilitation Outpatient Center, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

More information about those changes is available by calling 505-609-6575.

The the San Juan Health Partners Family Medicine Clinics in Aztec and the walk-in clinic in Bloomfield will consolidate operations and will not be providing in-person services. Instead, they will serve patients by phone. People can contact the clinics at:

  • San Juan Health Partners Family Medicine, 102 Llano Street: 505-334-9441
  • San Juan Health Partners Family Medicine, 120 Llano Street: 505-334-3404
  • San Juan Health Partners Walk-in Clinic, 100 North Church Street: 505-609-6675

10:10 a.m.: The New Mexico Public Education Department and Lujan Grisham have announced schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

The governor had previously ordered schools to close through the end of next week.

"Schools will not be required to make up the missed instructional days between March 16 and April 3, but for the remaining weeks of the school year to be waived, districts must develop both technology-based and non-technology-based continuous learning plans," Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said in a press release.

Updates for Thursday, March 26

7 p.m.: The Navajo Nation is reporting 71 confirmed cases of coronavirus, an increase from 69 cases on March 25. Those cases include 42 in Navajo County, Arizona, seven in Coconino County, Arizona, and nine in Apache County, Arizona, as well as seven in San Juan County, five in McKinley County and one in Cibola County.

4:10 p.m.: The state of New Mexico is now reporting 136 cases, which includes 24 new cases. There are six new cases in San Juan County. Those include:

  • A teenage girl
  • A woman in her 30s
  • A man in his 30s
  • A woman in her 40s
  • A woman in her 50s
  • A man in his 60s

There are a total of 14 confirmed cases in San Juan County, including seven Navajo Nation cases. For more information, go to cv.nmhealth.org.

In a Facebook live video, San Juan Regional Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Underwood said unless a test falls into a priority category it can take up to five to six days to get results.

Meanwhile, San Juan Basin Public Health is reporting the first identified case in Archuleta County, Colorado. 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting five confirmed cases in La Plata County. There are no confirmed cases in Montezuma County, Colorado or in southeast Utah.

3:40 p.m.: Red Apple Transit has suspended its Aztec route, according to the City of Farmington. The bus system had previously announced it was suspending its red route and Kirtland route. The dial-a-ride service is available only in the afternoons.

2:40 p.m.: The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations has created a fund to help the state respond to and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release from the governor's office. The All Together New Mexico Fund will be administered by the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

The initial money in the fund includes pledges of more than $1.1 million from Ian and Sonnet McKinnon; Intel; Pattern Energy; Blattner Energy; and Tri State Generation and Transmission Association.

People wishing to make tax-deductible donations can do so at AllTogetherNM.org.

1:45 p.m.: Diné College is postponing its spring commencement, according to a post on the Diné College Office of the President Facebook page.

The post states that a new date has not been determined but the college will reach out to graduating students, to ask how they want the college to honor the academic accomplishment.

"Diplomas will still be dated May 8, 2020," the post states.

The college is also closing dorms in Tsaile, Arizona this week, but students will not be required to leave if they do not have place to live or transportation home, according to the post.

In a separate post, the college announced the closure of its libraries in Shiprock and in Tsaile until further notice.

At Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, spring break has been extended to April 6.

According to the NTU Facebook page, classes will be delivered through distance learning until further notice.

For more information about the delivery of courses online, contact Casmir Agbaraji at cagbaraji@navajotech.edu. The university has set up a website to inform students about campus and community updates at www.navajotech.edu/coronavirus.

1 p.m.: The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting six new cases in Navajo County and two new cases in Apache County. There are a total of 43 cases in Navajo County and nine in Apache County.

10 a.m.: San Juan Regional Medical Center announced that it will host a Facebook Live event at 3 p.m. During the event, the chief medical officer Dr. Robert Underwood will answer questions.

9:30 a.m.: All Navajo Nation Council standing committee meetings have been canceled through April 5 to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The Bureau of Reclamation has canceled a public meeting regarding operations of Navajo Dam. The meeting was scheduled for April 21.

Mesa Verde National Park is closed until further notice.

Updates for Wednesday, March 25

9:45 p.m.: The Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area IHS announced that the number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 69 among people on the Navajo Nation, up 20 cases from the previous day, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer said the evening of March 25 in a press release.

“The cases include 43 in Navajo County, eight in Apache County, six in Coconino County in Arizona, and four in McKinley County, seven in San Juan County, and one in Cibola County in New Mexico,” the release stated.

The tribal leaders urged caution and proper safety practices.

“Unfortunately, the numbers are going to continue to rise until everyone begins to comply with the Stay at Home Order,” President Nez said. “We have to isolate ourselves to isolate the virus. Let’s do it for our elders, our children, and our high-risk individuals. We will fight and eventually beat this virus together, but we need everyone to take it seriously. There’s no need to be out in public unless you’re in need of food, medication, or other essential items.”

The Public Health Emergency “Stay at Home Order” issued earlier remains in effect, the release said, meaning that all Navajo Nation residents should stay home and be isolated. The order also closed all non-essential businesses.. 

4:05 p.m.: The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting one new case of coronavirus in San Juan County.

According to a press release, there are now 112 cases in New Mexico. The new case in San Juan County is a man in his 30s. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to eight.

There are now two cases in Rio Arriba County — a man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s.

There is also a new case in Sandoval County — a woman in her 30s.

The state reported 13 new cases, including an Eddy County man who died on Sunday.

A previously reported positive case in Chaves County has been removed from the state's list after it was determined to be a clerical error.

3:45 p.m.: San Juan Basin Public Health announced it has received word of three new positive cases in La Plata County, Colorado. The three adults were tested last week at San Juan Basin Public Health's community testing site. This brings the total number of cases in La Plata County to four.

According to a press release, these new cases indicate that there has been community spread of coronavirus in southwest Colorado.

3:15 p.m.: Chaco Culture National Historical Park announced that Gallo Campground will be closed through at least April 13 to comply with the governor's stay-at-home instructions and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

1:45 p.m.: The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting 37 cases of coronavirus in Navajo County and seven cases in Apache County.

According to the Utah Department of Health, there are no confirmed cases in southeast Utah.

12:20 p.m.: San Juan Regional Medical Center is asking for donations of personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks and surgical masks. 

The hospital is also accepting donated sewn masks. The sewn masks should be made with a two-layer construction using tight flannel on the outside and tightly woven cotton, like a pillow case or T-shirt, on the inside. The outer and inner layers should orient so that the design or grain of the fabric is aligned diagonally to each other, according to a press release from the medical center. Patterns can be obtained by calling the volunteer services manager Teresa Becker at 505-609-6256 or online at providenc.org/lp/100m-masks or on the Deaconess Hospital's YouTube

Masks can be delivered to the main entrance of the hospital from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The sewn masks will be used for patients in the emergency department in an effort to conserve hospital supplies for the caregivers.

12:00 p.m.: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued two public health orders. The first order prohibits non-essential medical procedures. The second prohibits selling or distributing personal protective equipment like face masks and gloves without prior approval from the New Mexico Department of Health. Both orders are intended to ensure there is enough personal protective equipment for health care workers to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

11:30 a.m.: New Mexicans will receive a text message alert similar to an AMBER Alert at 12:30 p.m. This alert will also be broadcast on television stations and the radio.

A press release from the governor's office states the public health crisis and the need to communicate critical information directly to New Mexicans prompted the state to use the emergency alert system to disseminate information from the Emergency Operations Center.

The 12:30 p.m. alert will be the first of the alerts disseminated in this fashion, however more alerts will follow when needed.

These messages will include essential public information from the New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the governor's office. 

Additional information about the coronavirus in New Mexico is available at cv.nmhealth.org.

10:10 a.m.: The state of New Mexico is reporting its first coronavirus death.

According to a press release from the governor's office, an Eddy County resident in his late 70s has died. The man was hospitalized on March 22. His condition deteriorated while in the hospital and he died the same day at Artesia General Hospital.

The state laboratory received his COVID-19 test on March 24 and confirmed it the same day.

According to the press release, the man had multiple chronic health conditions.

Updates for Tuesday, March 24

8:05 p.m.: Navajo Nation announced an additional 10 cases of coronavirus in a press release issued at 8 p.m. by the Office of the President and Vice President. Those 10 new cases bring the total number of cases on Navajo Nation up to 49. The new cases include two people from San Juan County.

7:20 p.m.: The Farmington Electric Utility System is closing its drive-through and customer service center's lobby starting March 25. The customer service representatives can be reached by phone. 

People needing to pay utility bills can do so using the following methods:

  • Cash, check or money order can be placed in drop boxes at the customer service entrance at 101 N. Browning Parkway. These boxes will be labeled for customer service and new service.
  • Electronic debit and credit card payments can be made by calling 505-599-1353 and choosing option 1. If customers choose option 0 they can talk to a representative and make debit or credit card payments. Electronic payments can also be made online at fmtn.org.
  • Customers can mail payments to FEUS, P.O. Box 712569, Denver, CO 80271.

People wanting to connect utility service can fill an application online at http://fmtn.org/182/CustomerService. Those without internet or computer access can call 505-599-1353 and choose option 0. 

In other news, the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel has announced that it is closing its hotel and casino services until further notice in efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, the ExxonMobile Ute Mountain Travel Centers — which it operates in both Towaoc, Colorado, and White Mesa, Utah — will remain open, according to a press release.

The closure came upon recommendation by the Ute Mountain Tribal Council. 

According to the press release, Ute Mountain Casino Hotel plans tentatively to reopen the hotel and casino in April. 

The casino employs 400 people and does not anticipate any layoffs.

4:25 p.m: The New Mexico Department of Health announced 17 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number in the state to 100.

The new cases include four people in San Juan County, including two men and a woman in their thirties and a man in his forties. 

While Navajo Nation reported there were two new cases in McKinley County, the state is reporting one new case — a teenage girl.

Navajo Nation did not report any cases in its communities in San Juan County.

2:30 p.m.: The Navajo Nation now has 39 cases of coronavirus, according to a press release from the office of Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer. There were ten new cases announced today. 

According to the press release, there are four cases of coronavirus in McKinley County. That is two new cases today.

1 p.m.: State police in conjunction with local law enforcement have been tasked with enforcing the governor’s order that closed non-essential businesses and prohibited gatherings of more than five people.

People who want to report non-compliance can report them to NMSP.COVID19@state.nm.us or contact the non-emergency COVID-19 hotline at 833-551-0518 and choose option 2. The San Juan County Communications Authority has asked people not to call its number. Instead, it is asking people to use the hotline number or email address because dispatch has a limited number of people.

"When you call to ask questions you may be preventing someone in a life or death emergency from reaching us," the communications authority said in a Facebook post.

Non-compliance complaints submitted by email should include the date and time the violation was observed as well as city, county and the business’ name and address.

10 a.m.: The City of Bloomfield announced the Bloomfield Municipal Court will operate from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, which is shorter than its normal operating hours. No more than five people will be allowed in the front lobby. Trials, hearings and probation check-ins as well as requests to see the judge will be rescheduled. Weddings are also being rescheduled for a later date. People are encouraged to resolve citations by phone, email, mail or fax.

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According to the governor's office, churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship are exempt from the order prohibiting gatherings of more than five people. Families with more than five members are also allowed to gather in their own homes, but should not leave their residence in groups of more than five people.

Non-essential medical appointments, including routine dental cleanings, should be delayed, according to a press release from the governor's office.

9:30 a.m.: School districts are uncertain when students will be able to return to school. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said it is likely that the schools will remain closed longer than April 6, which was the day the schools were scheduled to reopen. She has not ruled out canceling school for the rest of the year. The stay at home order she issued on March 23 remains in place until April 10.

In a neighboring state, Utah has canceled school through May 1.

Classes at San Juan College will remain online through April 10 and only essential personnel are allowed on campus.

San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center has made changes to its visitation policies to limit the spread of the illness. Only one visitor will be allowed per detainee. Visitors are allowed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. More information is available by calling 505-324-5800.  

8:30 a.m.: Non-essential businesses in New Mexico must remain closed until further notice as the state works to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The state has ordered New Mexicans to remain home as much as possible, although essential businesses will continue operating. Residents can continue shopping for food, but should limit the number of people who go to the store.

More: Coronavirus: Governor limits public gatherings to 5, closes non-essential businesses

People are still allowed to go outside and exercise, however the state can penalize groups with more than five people.

Farmington Regional Animal Shelter announced that it will be discontinuing its reduced cost and free spay and neuter program until further notice to comply. People who have already scheduled surgeries and paid for them will receive refunds. Farmington is asking people who have unaltered pets to keep them indoors and away from unaltered dogs or cats of the opposite gender.

Dog walking opportunities are continuing at the shelter, but only one person can enter at a time to pick up a dog and the shelter is limiting the number of volunteers to five people per hour walking dogs.

The New Mexico Department of Health was reporting three cases in San Juan County as of 8 a.m.

Apache County in Arizona has four cases of coronavirus while Navajo County has 25 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

There have not been any confirmed cases of coronavirus in southeast Utah, including San Juan County, Utah, according to the Utah Department of Health. The Utah numbers are updated daily at 1 p.m.

There is one confirmed case in La Plata County, Colorado, but no confirmed cases in Archuleta County, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. The Durango Herald reported the La Plata County resident was tested for coronavirus in Cortez. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is not listing any cases in Montezuma County. Its numbers are updated daily at 4 p.m.

Updates for Monday, March 23

A Farmington fire department employee became the first person in San Juan County to test positive for the coronavirus over the weekend.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced two more cases in San Juan County on March 23. These include a female in her 70s and a male in his 30s.

There are two cases of COVID-19 in McKinley County, according to New Mexico Department of Health.

MAP: Where is coronavirus? Interactive map shows cases in New Mexico and beyond

As of the morning of March 23, there were no confirmed cases in La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan or Montezuma counties in Colorado according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

San Juan Basin Public Health posted on Facebook on March 23 that an adult in La Plata County is presumed positive for coronavirus.

San Juan Basin Public Health issued an advisory on March 23 asking residents of La Plata and Archuleta counties to stay at home.

San Juan County, Colorado, has closed its backcountry to non-locals and is asking people driving on U.S. Highway 550 to keep driving rather than stopping to hike. Non-locals will not be allowed in Silverton. Vehicles parked along the passes in San Juan County Colorado could be subject to fines or towing.

As of the morning of March 23, the Utah Department of Health reported no cases of the disease in southeast Utah.

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San Juan County Office of Emergency Management Manager Mike Mestas called in to the show on March 23.

He said a lot of people are asking why cases from Shiprock have not been reported in the San Juan County count. He said the patients who tested positive at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock were not from San Juan County and returned to their homes in northeast Arizona. They are included in the Navajo Nation count.

Navajo Nation has reported 29 cases of coronavirus and is asking residents to remain at home.

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The City of Farmington has closed its library, pools, museums, community center and civic center. The senior center continues to serve meals on a drive-through basis and delivering through the Meals on Wheels program, however the senior center is closed.

Meanwhile, Red Apple Transit canceled its Kirtland route and Red Route. The Red Route covers much of east Farmington, including Wildflower Parkway and the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

The morning Dial-A-Ride service has also been suspended, however the afternoon service will continue from 11 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.

Aztec Public Library announced on March 23 that it will be closed until further notice, however people can still check out materials by viewing the online catalog at azteclibrary.org. The staff will find the items and put them in the lobby for people to pick up during a pre-scheduled appointment. Appointments can be made by calling 505-334-7657. People should have their library card and a photo ID with them to pick up the materials.

Bloomfield Public Library announced on the evening of March 23 that it will close effective March 24 until further notice.

Piñon Hills Golf Course, Civitan Golf Course and Riverside Golf Course will be closed starting March 24 following an executive order from the governor's office. The governor limited public gatherings to five people and ordered non-essential businesses to close.

San Juan County announced that McGee Park will close until further notice.

San Juan County Communications Authority is asking community members not to call 911 for questions about the coronavirus or how to get tested.

People who have questions about the virus can call the state coronavirus hotline at 1-855-600-3453. People who have non-health related COVID-19 questions can call 1-833-551-0518.

KSJE 90.9 FM is hosting morning shows at 9 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays to answer questions about the coronavirus.

Navajo Nation has reported 29 cases of coronavirus and is asking residents to remain at home.

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