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Posted: May 18, 2022


The Navajo Nation 

Office of the President and Vice President

May 17, 2022

7 new cases, 51,812 recoveries, and one death related to COVID-19 reported 

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona – On Tuesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported seven new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation and one death. The total number of deaths is now 1,771. The report indicates that 51,812 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 527,062 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 53,729, including one delayed reported case.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,351
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,186
  • Ft. 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 COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

The Navajo Nation remains in “yellow status,” in accordance with Public Health Emergency Order No. 2022-004 available online at:

“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. We are in this together so let’s continue to push back on COVID-19 by adhering to the guidance of our public health experts,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

Health care facilities on the Navajo Nation continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines. If you would like to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines, please contact your health care provider and schedule an appointment.

“Our frontline workers continue to fight for all of us each and every day, so please keep fighting for them by doing your best to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy during this pandemic. Please help your elders by keeping them informed and encouraging them to take safety precautions, especially in public places. Be safe and continue to pray for our people and our frontline workers,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.

For more information, including helpful prevention tips, and resources to help stop the spread of COVID-19, visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website: For COVID-19 related questions and information, call (928) 871-7014. 

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