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68 chapters with ‘uncontrolled’ COVID-19 numbers

68 chapters with ‘uncontrolled’ COVID-19 numbers


Choosing not to adhere to New Mexico’s and the Navajo Nation’s public health orders are contributing to the “out of control” spread of the virus in the Church Rock community.

Lavera T. Morgan, community service coordinator for the chapter, said that’s why the number of residents who have contracted the novel coronavirus is high.

Morgan lost her father, Tom A. Morgan, to COVID-19 on Dec. 18, she said.

On Monday, the Navajo Nation Department of Health reported 68 chapters were identified with “uncontrolled” cases of the highly contagious virus. Church Rock is included.

“Yesterday, one of my nephews said he saw grandmas and grandpas doing laundry,” Morgan said. “He said he wanted to know why their kids are not doing it for them.”

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Vehicles driving toward Church Rock, N.M., pass a used medical mask that is improperly disposed of on Monday.

Morgan said she spent time with her father during his stay at the Rehoboth-McKinley Christian Hospital before his passing. She herself contracted the virus, she added.

According to the NNDOH, out of control numbers of the virus were reported in Aneth, Baca,Prewitt, Beclabito, Bird Springs, Black Mesa, Bodaway/Gap, Bread Springs, Cameron, Casamero Lake, Chichiltah, Chinle, Church Rock, Cove, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Dennehotso, Ganado, Hard Rock, Hogback, Houck, Indian Wells, Iyanbito, Jeddito, Kaibeto, Kayenta, Lake Valley, Lechee, Leupp, Littlewater,, Lukachukai, Lupton, Mariano Lake, Mexican Springs, Nageezi, Nahatadziil, Nahodishgish, Navajo Mountain, Newcomb, Oaksprings, Oljato, Pinedale, Pinon, Red Lake, Red Rock, Red Valley, Rock Point, Rock Springs, Rough Rock, Round Rock, Sanostee, Sheepsprings, Shiprock, Shonto, Smith Lake, St. Michaels, Standing Rock, Tachee/Blue Gap, Teec Nos Pos, Thoreau, Tohajiilee, Tohatchi, Tonalea, Tsaile/Wheatfields, Tsayatoh, Tuba City, Twin Lakes, Two Grey Hills, and Upper Fruitland.

On Monday evening, health officials reported 95 new cases for a total of 22,371 cases on the Navajo Nation with 777 deaths.

Morgan said Church Rock residents can call the chapter if they need food or wood.

“They can always ask the chapter for assistance if they need help with chopping wood or wood in general, she said.

Morgan said the chapter can also do grocery shopping for residents too.

“They just need to ask,” she said. “There’s times when we have to be there to help our community. If somebody needs help we can help.”

NNDOH said the tribe has several sites in Chinle, Tuba City and Farmington for quarantining and isolating people awaiting test results and who tested COVID-19 positive.

Testing sites are also located at Kayenta, Tuba City, Chinle, Dilkon, St. Michaels, Crownpoint and Shiprock. If someone tests positive, they’ll be notified within two to three days, NNDOH added.

Information: 928-871-7014 or Church Rock Chapter, 505-488-2464/2891/2898.

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About The Author

Donovan Quintero

"Dii, Diné bi Naaltsoos wolyéhíígíí, ninaaltsoos át'é. Nihi cheii dóó nihi másání ádaaní: Nihi Diné Bizaad bił ninhi't'eelyá áádóó t'áá háadida nihizaad nihił ch'aawóle'lágo. Nihi bee haz'áanii at'é, nihisin at'é, nihi hózhǫ́ǫ́jí at'é, nihi 'ach'ą́ą́h naagééh at'é. Dilkǫǫho saad bee yájíłti', k'ídahoneezláo saad bee yájíłti', ą́ą́ chánahgo saad bee yájíłti', diits'a'go saad bee yájíłti', nabik'íyájíłti' baa yájíłti', bich'į' yájíłti', hach'į' yándaałti', diné k'ehgo bik'izhdiitįįh. This is the belief I do my best to follow when I am writing Diné-related stories and photographing our events, games and news. Ahxéhee', shik'éí dóó shidine'é." - Donovan Quintero, an award-winning Diné journalist, served as a photographer, reporter and as assistant editor of the Navajo Times until March 17, 2023.


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