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Posted: May 20, 2022


The Navajo Nation 

Office of the President and Vice President

May 19, 2022

32 new cases, 51,858 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19 reported 

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona – On Thursday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 32 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation and no deaths. The total number of deaths remains 1,771. The report indicates that 51,858 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 528,138 COVID-19 tests have been administered.

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

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 10,362
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 5,188
  • Ft. 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 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:

“Our ancestors and elders went through many challenges and adversities in their lives and we are experiencing something very similar with this COVID-19 pandemic. We know that we, as Navajo people, have the strength of our ancestors within us to this day and we will persevere, but we also have to do our part by taking precautions to reduce the spread of the virus. In some areas of the southwest, the case numbers have risen slightly especially in the cities that eliminated their face mask mandates. We must remain diligent and continue to be careful as we move forward,” 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 faith in the Creator has brought us very far in this pandemic and we are very grateful for that. As we continue on, we have to build on that faith and continue to take precautionary measures to keep our loved ones safe and healthy. Please continue to support one another and encourage each other to be safe,” 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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