For the first time since the pandemic began nearly six months ago, on Tuesday, the Navajo Nation reported no new coronavirus cases.
On Monday, the total number of Navajo Nation positive cases reached 9,903, adding only one new infection in the Nation. The Navajo Nation Department of Health however did report four deaths on Tuesday, bringing their total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 527. The Navajo Nation has reported that more than 7,100 people have recovered from the virus.
Once a hotspot for the virus, the new reported numbers is a major victory for the tribe. Around mid-May, the Nation ended up surpassing New York for the highest infection rate in the country.
In March The Nation initiated an aggressive approach to the virus that included implementing strict curfews, mask and closures mandates.
“We appreciate all of the hard work that the Navajo people have done to this point, and we want everyone to stay the course and continue to bring the numbers down consistently,” said Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer in a statement on Tuesday.
However, officials reminded that the tribe is not out of the woods yet and that suppressing the curve is still a continued effort as flu season approaches.
“No new cases reported today is good news, but the reality is that our daily numbers will continue to fluctuate as long as there is no vaccine available,” said President Jonathan Nez. “We know how to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but we have to be disciplined enough to continue practicing those safety measures on a daily basis.”